What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Anosognosia?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is anosognosia. I wouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard this term before, so let's break it down. Agnosia is an inability to recognize people or things.  Nosology is the classification of diseases. Throw the two together, and you get… Continue reading What Is… Anosognosia?

Big pharma & psychiatry: Necessary evil or tango with the devil? - silhouette of a couple dancing the tango
MH@H Mental Health

Big Pharma & Psychiatry: Dancing too Close?

This is a follow-up to a recent post on why I think direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs is wrong. This post is going to look specifically at marketing by drug companies aimed at health care professionals.  Primarily this relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry involves targeting physicians, since they're doing the majority of the prescribing.… Continue reading Big Pharma & Psychiatry: Dancing too Close?

faces mood rating scale
MH@H Mental Health

Why I Hate the 1 – 10 Mood Rating Scale

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay I became a nurse in 2004, which was before I became mentally ill. &Even then, I wasn't a fan of using a 1-10 mood rating scale with my patients. It struck me as a bit of a cop-out—a poor substitute for actually exploring with the person how they were feeling. Adventures in… Continue reading Why I Hate the 1 – 10 Mood Rating Scale

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?

Glossary of psychiatric terms
MH@H Mental Health

A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

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 put together this glossary of common psychiatric terms. Alexithymia: an inability to identify and describe… Continue reading A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Mental status exam in psychiatry
MH@H Mental Health

The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in Psychiatry

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