cognitivedefusion replied to your post “MEETING IN 38 MINUTES SO ANXIOUS MY HANDS ARE TREMBLING. HELP. About…”Are you sure you’d pass out? That usually comes from a rather sudden drop in blood pressure, and I don’t know if sitting down would really do anything to…
Yeah for sure. Good point!
In school I studied electronics and I learned all about AND gates and bistables, and the other various pieces from which modern computers are made. I also learned all about subatomic particles including the mass of the electron, particle spin, and how electricity and magnetism are in fact two sides of the same coin.
"Psychology is not applied biology, nor is biology applied chemistry."
I agree with the general idea, though I think his last statement was a little odd…
It’s time for us to stop fetishising neuroscience. If we want to support each other in behaving in helpful, altruistic, and successful ways, it’s the behaviour we need to concentrate on, not the brains.
I’d say we can and ought to concentrate on both. It seems like his entire point is that this field is intrinsically multi-disciplinary but then he says “if you want to know about A then we need to concentrate on B,” but he forgets how much C, D, and E could also help.
Is any field inherently superior here? No. The importance of a given field relies on the specific problem and the solution being sought after.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m not sure. I guess I would hope that a clinical psychologist who helped to create something called positive psychology would be a nice guy, though!
I’ve only met a few psychologists who are truly internationally recognized for their work, and they were all really nice (and their graduate students echoed the same - not just “yeah he’s cool,” but really expressing great admiration and appreciation for their character outside of the classroom).
But, all anecdote. I guess prior to hearing this, I would have placed a bet that Seligman would be a nice guy given his area of research and specialization…
One of my professors had Martin Seligman as his PhD adviser. Apparently he’s kind of a jerk. That’s disappointing.
I’ve seen PhD students with depression, sleep issues, eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide. Mental health in academia is an issue that needs to be addressed
"The study by King’s College London, published in Psychological Medicine, brings together data from 144 studies, including more than 90,000 participants worldwide. It looked at the effect of stigma on how individuals with mental health problems accessed and engaged with formal services, including GPs, specialist mental health services and talking therapies.
The main types of stigma preventing people from accessing care were ‘treatment stigma’ – the stigma associated with using mental health services or receiving mental health treatment – and ‘internalised stigma’, which includes shame and embarrassment. Other important barriers preventing people seeking help were fear of disclosing a mental health condition, concerns about confidentiality, wanting to handle the problem on one’s own, and not believing they needed help.”
I once had a psychologist in the hospital say that there’s no longer any stigma attached to going to therapy. I wish I could send her this.
Honestly, I could write a book about the ridiculous and often downright harmful things I’ve heard clinicians say. I don’t know how 90% of these people get their degrees.
How can a therapist not be aware of the stigma associated with therapy?!
Bold statement = my thoughts exactly! But people are going to start calling you mean and stuff now, so just be careful. You don’t want to end up with my reputation now, do you?
In case you missed some, here is a master list of all categories within the DSM-5 that have experienced changes from the DSM-IV-TR:
All right friends, I’ve (finally) completed the master list of an overview of changes made in the DSM-5. Enjoy! (Or not).
As a graduate student in the Child Psychiatry Department at Yale, I am well informed about mental health and surrounded by world-renowned psychiatrists. I used to believe that I would be well positioned to navigate Yale’s mental health services. I don’t believe that anymore.
My symptoms began with worries that crept in surreptitiously. Double-checking statistics? Normal. Triple-checking statistics? Normal. Being convinced that I may have committed academic fraud by falsifying data because I could not find concrete evidence that I didn’t falsify data? Not ideal. Sitting at home trying to block out the thoughts in my head that a girl who fell down under my supervision had appeared fine but died in her sleep from a brain hemorrhage? Not OK.
Sounds like my university, too. Except we do have a clinic that is actually legit, though it costs money, so most individuals seeking service tend to use the counseling center (free) as a first line of defense despite the incredibly subpar treatment offered.
Anonymous asked: As a self-described 26 year old graduate student, how is it that you are privy to what "most therapists" do?
It depends on what it is we’re talking about. Though not researched enough, some studies do in fact assess what techniques therapists of different professions tend to do, theoretical orientations, etc.
So, as with everything else, simply looking at the literature. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. It’s similar to a base rate; if you have no other information about someone, you can guess that their odds of having bipolar disorder is ~2% simply because that’s the base rate. Similarly if you have no other information about a therapist aside from his/her title, you can guess the odds of their theoretical orientation, their use of a given technique, etc.
Anonymous asked: do you have any advice on trying to find a qualified therapist or psychologist to talk to? my boyfriend just died and i am a complete mess and i think i need help dealing with this, but i've had issues with school therapists in the past not taking my assault serious so i'm nervous to find someone but i think i really need it
I’m sorry to hear about your boyfriend (and the assault, though it sounds like you’re not looking for any sort of help with at this point in time?)
I would start with Google, really, and just search for psychologists in your area. Personally I’d find a clinical psychologist with a PhD as they tend to be more empirically-based in their work (i.e., they base their therapy off the what we can prove to be effective). Though not 100% the case, I find from personal experience that those who are connected with universities tend to be more empirically-based as part of their job as professors/researchers requires that they stay up-to-date on the literature.
Finding someone who specializes in grief or traumatic events might be especially helpful, maybe specifically someone who practices cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, etc.
I hope you find someone who can offer some insight and some help through this difficult event. Best of luck.