Posts tagged with the category Treatment Advances
A diagnosis of "gender identity disorder" or "authenticity?"
The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for GID is:
A strong and persistent cross-bender identification (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being the other sex). Persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that that sex. The disturbance is not concurrent with the physical intersex...
Why are people looking to the arts for therapy? Because they want therapy!
Steve Almond, an author and MFA, says that writing workshops are taking the place of therapy sessions in modern culture.
Writing in the March 23 edition of The New York Times, the frequent workshop instructor says that over the years he’s seen people coming into MFA programs and writing workshops not to learn crafts, but to have a...
Psychology needs a licensing exam that includes the Arts and Humanities
"The spiritual side, the poetic side, the giving and forgiving side, the generous and loving side, are humankind's finest features. Hebb defined psychology many years ago as not being poetry. Although Hebb was my scientific hero, I demur from defining psychology without poetry." - Frank Farley, American Psychological...
What does it mean to "recover" from a mental health issue?
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
This is the new working definition of recovery that was co-created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the public in a recent...
How therapists can Occupy for social change
The Occupy movement and the psychologist are they hand in hand?
For some this may not be a far off connection, for others there is very little notion that their work as a therapist could be a part of this movement.
It should not be such a remote concept since physicians have set up their own links to the Occupy movement and have long been...
Power, Influence and Will
Question: is someone good if they do good because they are forced to?
Imagine I find a Bernie Madoff in the act of stealing millions. Imagine I force him at gunpoint to phone up his investors and come clean, and wire the money back. Would this hypothetical Bernie then be a good, ethical business-person
Imagine I find a person in the act of killing...
Journey to the East
Editor's note: this is a summary of research findings that Donna Rockwell, PsyD, will present in China at the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology on mindfulness in clinical psychology training, May 24 - 27, in Shanghai.
I am taking mindfulness to the East.
It is something that I am rather...
There are good and bad ways to "internationalize" psychology
The new vogue within the American Psychological Association has been to encourage a greater awareness of the ways that psychology can be elevated to a more international status. The Existential-Humanistic position is in agreement with this effort, but offers a totally different take on what that means. Most psychologists, especially those...
The many facets of trauma
It has been 10 years but as a society, we in the United States, are still reeling from the pain and trauma of 9-11. Some may not be as connected with the event as others, nonetheless the trauma that rocked our world that day has left a deep scar in the hearts, minds and souls of so many.
Our understanding of how a traumatic event impacts our...
Healing PTSD by restoring faith
Witnessing the death and pain of war can leave deep scars on the psyche of a soldier. Those scars are more commonly known as being PTSD related symptoms. In 2008, the RAND Corporation estimated that 300,000 returning troops currently suffer from PTSD and depression related to combat duties.
This trauma can rattle someone to their core, challenging...
The Existential Lives of Teenagers
Who am I?
What am I doing here?
I feel so alone…what’s the point?
These are all questions I have heard from the youth that I have been fortunate to work with over the years. These are hard questions to ask at 12, 13 or 17 years of age. But this is what they were asking.
How can we help adolescents find answers to these questions? By...
Understanding domestic abuse can prevent it
For many, it’s a shame filled secret—for society, an emotionally deadly epidemic. It’s happening at record numbers—and its effects are nothing short of catastrophic.
Affecting millions each year, intimate partner violence, commonly referred to as domestic violence, is the invisible wound of so many—and the toxic...