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Stigma

Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

As an official Crazy Person, I'm all for laughing at ourselves. It makes the hard stuff a little bit easier. But when other people use stigma as an excuse to laugh at us, that makes this Crazy Person very unimpressed, because stigma isn't funny. Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, seems to do a pretty good… Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

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Book Reviews

Advice to Authors: When In Doubt, Google It

When I begin reading Sexual Intellectual Female by Regina G. Hanson, things seemed to be going well. She explored a range of sexual orientations, pointed out the problems with abstinence-based sex ed, and challenged the pressure on women to have kids. Then the wheels fell off. She writes that author Gina Tomaine, in an article… Continue reading Advice to Authors: When In Doubt, Google It

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness is written by Roy Richard Grinker, an anthropology professor at The George Washington University. Autism and cross-cultural psychiatry are listed as areas of expertise on his faculty page. He's the father of an autistic daughter, who he refers to a number of times throughout the… Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is double depression, which comes at the suggestion of Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang gives insights into her life with schizoaffective disorder and some of the major issues she's faced as a result. Want uses the term schizophrenias to refer to primary psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.  Her initial diagnosis was bipolar disorder, and it took 9 years to… Continue reading Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Doctor Getting… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Munchausen by Proxy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is Munchausen syndrome by proxy. While Munchausen by proxy is likely the name that's most recognizable, the name for the disorder in the current version of the DSM (the DSM-5) is factitious disorder imposed on another.  I'll use the… Continue reading What Is… Munchausen by Proxy

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves aren't evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to them may have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of acknowledging both the… Continue reading Book Review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Why isn't complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Trauma and PTSD

Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?

While some sources of trauma are time-limited, other occur repeatedly over prolonged periods of time.  The term complex PTSD is used to capture the profound psychological harm these people exposed to the latter have experienced, including changes in self-concept, problems with emotional regulation, distorted perceptions of the perpetrator, and impaired relationships with others. Diagnostic systems… Continue reading Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?

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Mental Health

Mental Illness Continuing Education Resources

Health professionals are required to continually update their knowledge related to their field of practice.  One of the nice things about the digital age is that it's easy to access continuing education activities online, and many of them are available at no cost.  I freely admit that I'm a geek and I love learning new… Continue reading Mental Illness Continuing Education Resources