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Psychology Around the Net: February 3, 2018

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:30:43 +0000

Well, ol’ Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so we might be looking at six more weeks of winter — “might,” because he’s usually wrong. However, if he’s right, there’s plenty of cozy wintertime activities to get us through the days and nights when it’s […]

When Your Antidepressant Isn’t as Safe as You Think

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:30:08 +0000

A fortunate knock of luck is always welcomed by scientists and researchers, yet any treatment modalities should be novel by design rather than by serendipity. Antidepressants were discovered by chance in the 1950s, and it seems that they suffer from specific deficiencies when it comes […]

Podcast: Is Marijuana Effective for Treating Mental Illness?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:30:30 +0000

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Psych Central CEO and founder Dr. John Grohol to discuss marijuana and its potential benefits for treating various types of mental illnesses, from major depression to bipolar disorder. Dr. Grohol […]

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Psychology Around the Net: December 16, 2017

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:30:50 +0000

Has cabin fever struck you yet this winter? Find out ways to beat it, plus the latest on a new scientist-created version of oxytocin, how orange light therapy might help mental illness symptoms, why global teamwork might be helpful for psychological studies, and more in […]

Should You Let Your Doctor Monitor Your Medication Intake?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:22:18 +0000

A new pill has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that, when swallowed, notifies a monitoring device you wear that you actually took the medication. Sounds invasive and a gross violation of your privacy? Well, it would be. Except for the […]

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Psychology Around the Net: November 18, 2017

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:30:20 +0000

This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on the Army’s “mental health waiver” plan, FDA-approved medication with a digital ingestion sensor (yum), why you have recurring dreams and how you can control them, and more. Have fun! John McCain Is Threatening Trump’s […]

How I Dealt with Depression After Brain Surgery

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:30:38 +0000

Once again I was on the phone to my friend, sobbing. She’d put up with my tears every day since I left the hospital. Two or three daily meltdowns were the norm. Many of my tears were over things that would have merely irritated me […]

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Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2016

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:22:20 +0000

Most people understand that the role of psychiatric medications is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with different types of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and others. Psychiatric medications are an important part of a comprehensive plan for effectively treating […]

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OCD & Exhaustion

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:45:40 +0000

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was severe, he was always exhausted. At first, I attributed his lack of energy to the fact that he rarely slept well. But it soon became obvious, even when sleeping was not an issue, that he always felt tired. […]

A Chemical Hiccup: Medicated Oblivion and Art

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:30:12 +0000

“I want to hold you in a warm Atlantic, A sea of my own making, a meringue of lapis wine.” It is bedtime, and I have swallowed my evening cocktail of bipolar drugs: 300 mg of Seroquel, the Lamictal, and, of course, the Clonazepam. The […]

Can Anxiety and Panic Disorder Cause Depression if Left Untreated?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:30:18 +0000

Mental health problems are infamously complicated. Although psychologists have a successful guidebook to identify and diagnose mental illness, those manuals are merely suggestions for treatment — and can’t predict exactly how you experience your psychological and emotional well-being. With that in mind, some people experience […]

Psychology Around the Net: September 30, 2017

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:30:15 +0000

Ah, the leaves are changing and the air’s getting crisper…goodbye September! I can’t say I’ll miss you (you kind of whizzed right on by?!) and October is my favorite month anyway! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the real psychology behind taking a knee, […]

Living with Schizoaffective Disorder: Myths, Facts, and Prospects

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:45:02 +0000

When I was about 22 years old, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. I am 29 years old now, and still puzzled — What exactly constitutes schizoaffective disorder? Moreover, is the illness itself a diagnostic myth or a fact? No one wants to […]

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Sharing Knowledge of Your Mental Health Issues

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:30:21 +0000

We were on Route 9 in between Kremmling and Silverthorne, Colorado. Our ultimate destination was Colorado Springs. To say that we were out in the boonies was an understatement. Mountains rose up to the right and left of us. I was enjoying the solitude when […]

How to Chase Away Your Summertime Blues

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:45:35 +0000

Does your stomach turn when the thought of summer begins? Do you feel lonely, sad, or depressed in the summer months? Is it hard for you to plan a vacation, or get some good shut eye? If so, don’t feel bad, because you are not […]