When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes. A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients have improved.
If so, you're not alone. A Chicago CBS news report says that in a recent survey taken of people who just finished early voting, "nearly 38 percent of adults said a source of that stress comes from the bitter words between candidates, which are then adopted by others and shared 24-7 on social media."
C.R. writes: Are increasing rates of depression due to our better reporting skills which mask fairly static depression rates? Or are rising rates of depression due to people being overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep-deprived, and socially-isolated? It depends on whom you ask.
In this presidential election, character probably counts at least as much as the issues do. But with an election that could likely change the course of this nation, we must remember that whoever moves into the White House in 2017, will be determining: How politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars. Specifically for PsychCentral readers, bloggers, and columnists, we want to think about how politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars on mental health.
Some of the insights gleaned from treating the disease of addiction can offer benefits for those in recovery from mental health issues, too.
Have you ever been the victim of a fraud or con? If you have, you're unlikely to admit it. That is part of the reason why fraudsters can repeat their crimes over and over again with impunity. It's easy to find new marks, dupes, and targets when no one knows you're coming. There's a feeling of shame that comes with having been scammed. Begin gullible isn't considered a desirable trait. Con men and con women con people because they believe they can get away with it.
Got a craving for another beer or glass of wine? Your right ventral striatum may be in on your decision to have another. A new study appears to show that both blood oxygen levels and dopamine activity are increased in response to
Q. I want to leave my therapist and maybe find a new one. She wants to talk about why I want to leave. I don't want to pay for another session. Should I schedule a session to fire my therapist or not? A. It depends. The one absolutely rock-solid reason to avoid another session
You can become a healthy role model for your child—even for your adult child. Obviously, the earlier on you model healthy emotions and behavior for your child, the better. A child who grows up with a parent who is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy will usually have a better chance of developing these qualities him or herself. But sometimes, being a role model is deeper than merely being a responsible, thoughtful adult. Children see everything, and are often able to read what we really think, feel, and believe.