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Four Reasons Why Calling Someone “Crazy” Hurts (Do We Still Really Need Reasons?)

If I don't like you or what you stand for, you must be

Evil
Ignorant
In the minority (and therefore irrelevant)
"Crazy"

While there is certainly evil, ignorance, minority points of view, and mental illness in the world, the way the intolerant shut down opposition and delegitimize people they disagree with is not to debate, but to name-call or label.
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The Exposure Myth

The exposure myth, occasionally perpetrated by psychotherapists themselves, is the belief that by exposing a hidden neglect or trauma (usually one that occurred in childhood), or even an external, physical cause (such as extreme stress or substance abuse), all the patient’s problems will be solved. Suddenly, the patient’s life will become meaningful and happy.

When patients talk about painful events, they are at their most vulnerable. They don’t yet know how to
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Unique Trauma Treatment & PTSD Prevention Make Waves

Last May suicide bomber Salman Abedi, in Manchester, England murdered 22 people and wounded over 100, at a pop concert packed with children and teens. Anyone called upon to help victims, whether professionally or not, at any other of the terror attacks the world over, would most likely instinctually reach out to hug or offer other soothing and comforting support.

But in the aftermath of this horrific mass murder, a new kind of Israeli trauma...
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Questions About Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Narcissists

Psychopaths and sociopaths are pop-psychology terms describing two somewhat different types or expressions of antisocial personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a separate disorder, but there is much overlap.

Narcissistic traits are inherently part of antisocial personality disorder, and antisocial traits are inherently part of narcissistic personality disorder. Is there more work to be done on defining these disorders?
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Addiction

10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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Addiction

Marijuana & Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, says a new study from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

"Our research demonstrates that cannabis has a differential risk on susceptible versus non-susceptible individuals," said Dr. Barzilay, one of the lead researchers. "In other words, young people with a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia — those who have psychiatric disorders in their families — should bear in mind that they're playing with fire if...
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Online Reviews Cannot Be Trusted. Really. Part II

Contd. from Part One

Our Fraudulent Online Review Story at HealthGrades

went to specialist last year. He was excellent, one of the best healthcare professionals in her experience. In addition to a host of awards, and doing very good work, he had a warm and informative bedside manner. But during a follow up-visit, he told her he was struggling with a negative online review that was causing him to literally lose sleep. Apparently, a disgruntled patient...
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