Making Sense of Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 Available today! Available on: Amazon as an ebook or paperback Apple Books Barnes & Noble Google Play Kobo Mental Health @ Home Store (at a discounted price) The ebook version is available on all of these sites. The paperback version is only available through Amazon. Making Sense … Continue reading Released today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!
It's here... Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis was released on September 9. It's available on Amazon and other major ebook retailers. Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis aims to cut through the misinformation, stigma, and assumptions that surround mental illness and give a clear picture of what mental … Continue reading Coming in 2 Weeks! – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: 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 acronym … Continue reading What is… Munchausen by Proxy
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 are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illnesses may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of … Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
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 Where to go for insider knowledge on psychiatry
Like any field, psychiatry has its own collection of terminology. Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it isn't. I believe that knowing the jargon helps to narrow the power gap between health care providers and patients, so I wanted to talk about some of the terminology that's commonly used. Some of these terms … Continue reading A glossary of psychiatric terms
The mental status exam (MSE) is a framework for assessment that's used widely in the field of psychiatry. Rather than being a one-time assessment, it is used on an ongoing basis to capture how a patient is doing on any given encounter (and I use the term patient to describe the role and not the … Continue reading The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in psychiatry