Characteristics of introversion, shyness, and social anxiety/phobia
Mental Health

Introversion, Shyness & Social Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're actually three distinct concepts. In this post, we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and it appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology.  The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum… Continue reading Introversion, Shyness & Social Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders
Mental Illness Treatment

Evidence-Based Treatment of Anxiety

3dman_eu on Pixabay In this post I'll take a look at some of the available guidelines for evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders.  While psychotherapies are extremely important in the management of anxiety disorders, this post will focus only on anti-anxiety medications.  The treatment guidelines I refer to come from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and… Continue reading Evidence-Based Treatment of Anxiety

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Stigma

Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness. One way this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this, I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it seems as… Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience