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Social Groups Improve
Joining a social group may be the key to improved health,
both physically and mentally. From book clubs to support groups, social
activities are found to promote weight loss, improve memory and lower
depression. Learn about new research
that provides evidence that social interactions lead to a longer, more
fulfilling life by clicking here.
Perspectives in the Modern Age
Psychological methods have progressed throughout the
decades, drawing on a range of perspectives. Psychologist’s today have
developed new ways of treating patients using concepts such as behavioral
psychology, cognitive behavior therapy and evolutionary psychology. Discover
new ways of thinking by clicking here.
Greater Among Adolescence
Moody teenagers are no surprise, but researchers are finding
that mood disorders such as bipolar and unipolar are far more common in
adolescence than once thought. Effectively treating temperamental teens begins
with recognizing the problem at an early stage. To find out more, click here.
Psychology graduate students in need of funds and experience
can apply for teaching fellowships within their university. The teaching
opportunities for psychology grads are numerous and look great on a resume.
Discover new possibilities for graduate students by clicking here.
Personality: Nature vs.
Personality is the key to understanding human nature, but
psychologists have disagreed on how it develops for decades. From the classic
tabula rasa theory to the evolutionary argument, there are many different
schools of thought that strive to uncover the origins of human
development. Are we just a blank slate
waiting to be filled? Decide by clicking here.
Job Stress and
Job stress can cause numerous physical ailments including
heart disease, acid reflux and worse, but what about certain immune system deficiencies?
Researchers have found a link between severe job stress and rheumatoid
arthritis, which has prompted psychologists to treat the cause of the disease,
rather than the disease itself, as daily stressors appear to be a significant
source of irritation for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more by clicking here.
The Ethical Behavior
of a Forensic Psychologist
Helping Psychology’s featured September article discusses
the professional demands of a forensic psychologist, both in and out of a court
setting. Clinical psychology and forensic psychology differ greatly in respect
to ethics and morality, and knowing the correct path to take is essential to
success in this profession. If you are considering a career as a forensic
psychologist, find out what you need to know by clicking here.
Degree: Master's or Doctorate?
Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in psychology,
the next step to achieving a professional career is working towards a graduate
degree, but how far do you want to go? Both Master’s and Doctorate programs
offer substantial opportunities for advancement, but each require a unique
commitment in terms of time, energy and money. Still undecided? Click here.
Think counseling is a ‘one size fits all’ solution? Think
again. Counseling teenage girls is an art form; dealing with the delicate
emotions, overactive temperament and moody disposition is all part of the
package. A good therapist knows how to talk to adolescence on the same level,
and this article is full of words to the wise. To learn more click here.
Does Social Rejection
Hurt? Science Says it Does
Everyone knows that rejection is a painful experience, but
does your body feel it too? Scientists have undergone a new study to prove that
exclusion in social settings may have physical, as well as mental, repercussions
on the body. Findings have found that even something as ordinary as being
excluded by coworkers may be just as painful as a bruised arm. Intrigued? Click
Rehabilitation Behind Bars
Treating inmates requires delicacy and a wealth of knowledge
more extensive than needed with an average patient. Criminals generally suffer
from complex issues such as arrested development and sometimes deal with acute
anxiety. To prepare an effective treatment plan, therapists must know how to
treat the cause of a patient’s criminal actions. Click here to learn more.
De-cluttering the Mind
Hoarding is a form of obsessive compulsive behavior that
drives people to collect random objects, even trash, and store them in piles throughout
their living space. But beneath the endless mountains of junk lies a
deep-seeded psychological impulse that drives this destructive behavior.
Patients suffering from the hoarding compulsion can be cured through cognitive
behavior therapy, and go on to lead a normal life. Wanna find out more? Click here.
Mental Growth Linked
to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Going through a traumatic event leads most people to
experience severe anxiety and other mental disorders. New dubbed ‘post-traumatic
stress disorder, this condition usually has negative connotations and can be
difficult to treat. But researchers are testing a theory that proposes
undergoing a traumatic experience can actually have a positive effect on one’s
mental state, even leading to a greater appreciation for life. Want to find out
how? Click here.
ADHD: How to Ask Kids
the Tough Questions
The number of children who have ADHD (Attention-Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder) is on the rise, so creating an effective treatment plan
to combat the condition is essential. Treating a child with ADHD can be a
difficult undertaking as the child has a hard time focusing and may strike out.
Learning to communicate with an ADHD child is key to treating the condition as
a whole. Need more information? Click here.
Erik Erikson: Theory
of Personality Development
Neo-Freudian Erik Erikson is one of the founding fathers of
psychology in the area of personality development. His popular theory proposes
that personal development is directly shaped by social experiences over one’s
lifetime. Learn about his 8 stages of personality development by clicking here.
The life of a forensic psychologist differs tremendously
than that of a clinical psychologist, as they mainly deal with criminal
behavior, but also may evaluate victims or witnesses in court. A solid
understanding of human behavior is required to succeed in this profession. An
education in forensic psychology begins with the basics, found in core
psychology classes. Learn more by clicking here.
Sun and Vitamin D
Schizophrenia is an extremely difficult disease to treat,
but new research suggests that incorporating vitamin D into a patient’s medicinal
routine may help to alleviate symptoms. The study goes on to suggest that
people born in sun-drenched climates experience a lower percentage of Schizophrenia.
To learn more about the correlation between sunlight, vitamin D and Schizophrenia,
How Pivotal is 'Intro to Psych'?
Core classes are the foundation to a successful education,
but what importance does Intro to Psychology play in your psychology career? This
particular course is pivotal to discovering what branch of psychology you are
interested in pursuing. Topics covered will range from basic human behavior to
various mental illnesses. Get ready to learn by clicking here.
Treating Older Adults
Anxiety disorders in older persons are common due to an
increase in stressful situations such as illness or death of loved ones. A new
clinical study by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine finds that cognitive
behavior therapy (CBT) may better treat elderly patients with anxiety disorders
than prescription medications alone. CBT offers patients a proactive approach
to dealing with stress and developing life skills. Sound intriguing? Click
Technology May Lead to Disconnection
Social networking sites, cell phones and other communication
technology is designed to help you connect with others, but is avoiding face to
face interaction really just another form of isolation? Human interaction is
declining as advancements in technology make it possible to communicate anywhere,
anytime, but what are the societal implications? What do you think? Click here
to learn more.
Rankism in Society:
How it Affects the Mind
Rankism is the new face of a long line of ‘isms’ including
racism and sexism, but it may be the worst of all. Rankism isn’t a new concept,
but one that has never had an official name. Rankism involves the abuse of
power in terms of intolerance toward people of different ranks or social
standings. Have you been a victim of rankism? Click here to find out.
The Psychology of a
Children are our future, so making sure that they grow up to
be stable adults is essential. Raising confident children is key to providing a
smooth transition into adulthood.
Positive feedback from parents and caregivers is the first step. Learning
to deal with life situations is the second. Click here to discover more.
Suicide on the Rise
Among Young Adults
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that suicide among
teens and young adults has risen in the past several years due to an FDA
warning that the use of antidepressants increases the risk of suicidal thoughts
in people under 24 years of age. With the restricted availability of
antidepressants, young adults did not receive proper treatment, therefore
increasing the risk of depression related suicide. Find out more about this
issue by clicking here.
Therapy: A Road to Recovery
Cognitive behavior therapy is an effective treatment for
patients suffering from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior and many other
mental disorders. When used properly, this technique can help even severely affected
patient’s lead normal lives. Using the concepts of awareness, perception,
reasoning and judgment, therapists can provide patients with ways to cope and
manage symptoms. Find out more by clicking here.
Graduate degrees in psychology open many doors for students
who are willing to put in the time and effort, though choosing between the PhD
program and PsyD program may present the biggest challenge. Learn what it takes
to make it in the rewarding field of psychology by clicking here.
Study of an Infant's
The study of the mind is the basis of all psychology, but
where does that study begin and end? The mind of an infant may present a unique
psychological perspective, as they have yet to acquire all the issues, such as
self esteem and so on, that come from being an adult. Discover more about what
the mind of an infant can teach us by clicking here.
Insecurity in the
Workplace Leads to Mental Distress
In this economy, job security is a rare thing, so it’s no
wonder people everywhere are suffering mental distress as a result. Overtime,
job insecurity can have severe health effects such as depression, heart disease
and hypertension. Learning to deal with
stress is key to reducing the risk of further complications. Learn more by
Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder: Long Term Effects
second featured September article discusses post traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and the role it plays throughout a patient’s lifetime. Severe stress,
anxiety and sleep deprivation can all result from untreated PTSD. Depression
and drug abuse also stem from this tough to treat disorder. Click here to learn
Temptation: The Road
Addictions are the downfall of mankind, so why is it so hard
to stop a habit? Smoking, drinking, eating, gambling, sex and spending are so
tempting. The way it makes you feel is so good, who’d want to stop? Find out
the psychological reasons people suffer from addictions by clicking here.
Family Meals Give
Added Benefit of Good Mental Health
Gathering around the dinner table may do more than just
satisfy your hunger. Spending quality time with friends or family during a meal
benefits your mental, as well as physical, health by fostering a sense of
well-being and open communication. Do you spend enough quality time with loved
ones during dinner? Click here to find out.
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