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Steps to Coping with a Setback
Life is a series of surprises and disappointments; it’s how
we deal with the setbacks that defines who we truly are. Whether suffering from
school stress, relationship woes or everyday hardship, setbacks can have us
drowning in anxiety. From simply taking a break to sort out your thoughts to
learning to develop a thicker skin, read about ways you can deal with
disappointment in life by clicking here.
Breaking the Habit
As students, procrastination is usually part of the deal,
but it doesn’t have to be. Learning to properly manage your time is essential
to achieving success in all your endeavors, especially in a school setting.
Procrastination usually stems from an underlying mental issue such as low
self-confidence or perfectionism, but can be easily remedied by clicking here.
Depression: Battling the Baby Blues
Postpartum depression is a serious and debilitating mental
illness faced by thousands of women worldwide. Symptoms can include deep
depression, anxiety, anger, and even trouble bonding with the baby. Treatment
for postpartum depression begins with a medical evaluation followed by
counseling with a licensed psychologist. In extreme cases medication may be
required to alleviate severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. To learn more,
Vampires are more than just the blood-sucking creatures
found in horror novels. Modern vampires take on a more realistic form; that of
someone close to you. Do you have a friend, relative or co-worker in your life
that makes you feel exhausted after every encounter? That is the mark of an
emotional vampire. Generally the result of an underlying mental disorder, these
vamps often suffer from a poor self-image and low self-esteem. Click here to
Disorders: Types & Treatments
Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Identity Disorder,
Dissociative Fugue and Depersonalization Disorder are the four main types of
dissociative disorders. Patients with any of the four types generally
experience loss of memory, detachment, anxiety, depression, and a distorted
sense of self. Left untreated, dissociative disorder can lead to multiple
personality disorder and other mental illnesses. To learn more about dissociative
disorders, click here.
Medications for Depression
Antidepressants are prescription medications that are used
to lessen the symptoms of depression such as sadness, exhaustion and pain.
Commonly prescribed antidepressants include selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants and
serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Antidepressants are used to
restore the balance of brain chemicals responsible for causing depression.
Click here to learn more.
Behavior Analyst Job
Behavior analysis is the field of studying how and why
behavior changes over time, and is quickly becoming a popular career choice
among psychology majors. Different than clinical psychology, behavior analysis
looks for answers in environmental and biological factors surrounding human
behavior, rather than purely mental factors. A career in behavior analysis may
mean working with Autistic children and people with other developmental disorders.
Interested in becoming a behavior analyst? Click here.
It’s a common occurrence for young children to be awakened
with night terrors or to avoid certain situations that are unfamiliar, but what
happens when childhood fears transition into adulthood? Around 10% of adults
suffer some form of phobia including cynophobia (fear of dogs) and
claustrophobia. Curing phobias in children tends to prevent them from occurring
later on in life, but that doesn’t help people currently suffering from
debilitating fears. Using one-session exposure treatment (OST), psychologists
are able to treat up to 80% of adults with various phobias. Click here to look more.
First-year psych students will eventually come across a
branch of psychology called biopsychology, which deals with direct
experimentation on non-human and human subjects using monitoring devices such
as EEGs. Physiological psychology is a division of biopsychology that studies
the mechanism of behavior through the manipulation of the brains of non-human
subjects. The goal of biopsychology is to provide quality research on
medications used by people all over the world. To learn more about this
fascinating branch of psychology, click here.
Diagnosis of the Week
Helping Psychology has added a new feature called Diagnosis
of the Week. Each week, learn what psychological terms and conditions to add
to your professional repertoire. To begin with, find out about binge eating, a
destructive mental disorder that can result in severe bodily harm and even
death. Also known as compulsive overeating, binge-eating is one of the most
common psychological disorders, especially among women. Interested? Click here
to learn more.
Bipolar disorder is considered a frustrating mental disorder by sufferers
as it is oftentimes misdiagnosed as anxiety or depression. It is estimated that
over 70% of bipolar patients are initially diagnosed with some other mental
health disorder. Due to the emotional highs and lows associated with the disorder,
patients only tend to seek treatment in the depressive phase. With early and
accurate detection of bipolar disorder, an appropriate treatment plan can allow
patients to manage the symptoms and live fuller lives. To learn more click here.
As the seasons change from fall to winter, many people
experience a profound sense of sadness and anxiety, which may be attributed to
a drop in the levels of serotonin
produced by the brain. SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is characterized by
depression, irritability and mood swings. Psychologists have yet to find a
cause, but the disorder can be treated using a combination of psychotherapy and
antidepressant medication. Are you feeling SAD this holiday season? Click here.
The Upside of
Criticism for Psych Students
Learning to take criticism with a grain of salt as a
psychology student is essential to growing both mentally and professionally. A
positive side to criticism is that it lends itself to fueling motivation in
even the most self-confident student. As a psychologist, criticism is found at
every turn, but can be positive because it challenges theories and creates a basis
for further research. To learn more about how criticism is beneficial, click here.
Art Therapy as an
In lieu of intensive psychotherapy or medication, art
therapy uses creativity to facilitate healing and wellbeing in mental patients
seeking healing and treatment. Children, adolescents, adults and seniors can all
benefit from art therapy as it facilitates self-expression. Creative therapy
works to help patients improve self-esteem, reduce stress, achieve personal
insights and resolve conflicts. Learn more about the mental benefits of art
therapy by clicking here.
Writing Your Curriculum Vitae
So you’re heading to grad school? Filled out an application?
Check. Sent in your GRE scores? Check. Composed your curriculum vitae? Similar
to a resume, a curriculum vitae offers graduate school committee members a
chance get to know a student applicant’s academic and professional
accomplishments. As a work in progress, a curriculum vitae continues to reflect
a student’s endeavors throughout grad school. Want to learn how to write an
outstanding CV? Click here.
Addiction: Steps to
Maintaining long-term recovery after an addiction requires
support, from both family and outside institutions. Learning techniques for dealing
with difficult situations and breaking destructive habits can be gained through
counseling with a licensed psychologist. Learning how to live independently
after an addiction is possible. Click here to find out how.
The Power of
Subliminal messages have been used for decades as an
advertising tactic. Nowadays, subliminal messages are being studied to
determine positive uses for the powerful persuasion technique. To learn more
about the numerous studies that have been conducted to determine exactly how
the subconscious mind responds, click here.
Youth Bipolar Meds
Linked to Weight Gain
Rapid weight gain is now considered a possible side effect
in children taking antipsychotic medication to reduce symptoms of bipolar
disorder. Side effects vary with each individual, but 10 – 20 pounds of weight
gain is common. Children are especially prone to weight gain as the medication
causes carbohydrate cravings in young children. Click here to learn more.
New Treatment for
Veterans Suffering from PTSD
Posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems
such as panic disorder are on the rise, especially among Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Public Health, 21.8
percent of returning soldiers who received psychiatric diagnoses were diagnosed
with posttraumatic stress disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is shown to be
the most effective treatment method for PTSD in veterans. Want to know how it
works? Click here.
Compulsive Lying Disorder
Almost everyone is guilty of telling little white lies, but
what happens when the lies get out of hand? Compulsive lying, or mythomania, is
considered an underlying symptom of mental illness as it can be a manifestation
of the delusions associated with psychosis. Treatment for mythomania includes
psychiatric evaluation and intensive therapy. Click here to find out more.
Smoking Linked to
Increased Risk of Suicide in Bipolar Patients
Smoking is now considered to be a risk factor for suicide in
patients suffering from bipolar disorder. According to a recent study by
doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, smokers with bipolar disorder were
more likely to harbor suicidal thoughts and behaviors than their non-smoking
counterparts. This may be attributed to the impulsive actions and tendency
toward addiction observed in bipolar patients. Read about this study in detail by
Diagnosis of the Week
Schizophrenia is a widely recognized mental disorder among
the medical community. The disease is characterized by a distorted perception
of reality due to full blown hallucinations and psychosis. Schizophrenia is
diagnosed in about 1 out of every 100 individuals and first manifests in young
adulthood. Treatment for schizophrenia is life long as there is no cure for the
disease. Find out more by clicking here.
Theory and the Reality of Threat
Psychologist George Kelly established the Personal Construct
Theory as a clinical research technique that would remove the influence bias
has on an observer, even when dealing with emotions including threat. Threat is
one of Kelly's Dimensions of Transition, which he defined as "the
awareness of imminent comprehensive change in one's core structures."
Feeling threatened is likened to paranoid behavior and is usually treated using
psychotherapy. To find out more about the Personal Construct Theory click here.
Diagnosing Autism in
Autism is quickly gaining recognition as a common mental
disorder as about one in every 150 children are diagnosed with the disorder. Diagnosing
Autism is difficult because symptoms are subtle and no lab test or x-ray can
determine whether a child is suffering from the disorder. Signs of autism in
children can include impaired speech ability, rocking behavior and lack of eye
contact. Need to know more? Click here.
Meditation Shown to Benefit At- Risk College Students
Stress and college generally go hand-in-hand, but what
happens when the stress is so severe that it actually causes physical harm?
Students suffering from major stress are at-risk for potential health problems
later in life such as heart disease, high blood pressure and immune
deficiencies. Learning to cope with stress early in life is essential to
maintaining a healthy body. Transcendental Meditation is now being used to
treat mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety, depression and
hypertension in college students. Want to learn how to relax? Click here.
2012: Armageddon or Mass Hysteria?
Mass hysteria is defined as
"a socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people
as a reaction to an event." Is that what the year 2012 has in store for
us, or is it truly the end of the world? Either way, history has had its share
of hysterical events, including the recent Y2K fiasco. Will 2012 be another
link in a long chain of doomsday prophecies? Only time will tell. Click here to
Psychological Research: Understanding Correlational Studies
Correlational studies are a form
of psychological research used to establish a positive or negative relationship
between variables. Three types of correlational studies include naturalistic
observation, survey method and archival research. Click here to find out how to
use a correlation study in your research.
A Little Anxiety Goes a Long Way
Modern society lends itself to a
host of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, which if left
untreated, can morph into other serious illnesses like heart disease or stroke.
Researchers are working on a theory that patients suffering from both anxiety
and depression may actually have a lower rate of mortality than those with just
one disorder. According to the study, the disorders seem to cancel each other
out. Click here to discover how.
Insomnia: Diagnosis of the Week
Insomnia is more than a physical
disorder, but can be attributed to mental disorders such as anxiety, stress or
depression. Working with a psychologist or therapist to discover the underlying
cause of the insomnia is a viable treatment option. Learning relaxation
techniques and undergoing behavioral therapy may also help alleviate symptoms
of sleeplessness. Click here to learn more.
Treating Children with Autism
After learning about diagnosing children
with Autism, find out about the viable treatment options available. As a
neurological disorder, Autism affects the speech and social interaction areas
of the brain. Several behavioral therapies are available for treating children
with Autism that aim to alleviate symptoms rather than cure the disorder. Click here to learn more.
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