Hallucinations in Children

A hallucination is an experience of sensing something that is not actually there. There are several different types of hallucinations: auditory, visual, and tactile. Auditory hallucinations are the most common type of hallucinations. There are many reasons children experience hallucinations. This is why when it comes to discussing hallucinations in children, context is important. Hallucinations […] Read More

Things Your Therapist Wishes You Knew About Therapy

What are some things therapists wished their clients knew about therapy? Therapy is for everybody. Mental illness is not a prerequisite for therapy. It is important for everyone to attend to their mental health, and therapy does not discriminate on who is allowed to seek treatment. Many people talk with a therapist about relationship issues, […] Read More

The Art of Being a Good Listener

In times of need, fewer things bring more comfort to us than someone who truly listens. In theory, we all know listening is an important aspect of communication and emotional closeness. However, it isn’t always as easy as expected in the heat of the moment. We want to be there for our loved ones and […] Read More

First-Person Language: Separating Mental Illness and Identity

Language is a powerful thing. It can be used to express feelings, identify oneself, and categorize oneself. The mental health world has moved away from the verbiage that describes individuals with mental illness as depressed, schizophrenic, etc, and now uses verbiage that describes people in new terms. For instance, new language describes people with mental […] Read More

The Reality of Germaphobia

Mysophobia, better known as germaphobia, is a “…pathological fear of germs, bacteria, microbes, contamination and infection” (Psychlopaedia). Many people use the term to mean an aversion to dirt or anything sticky, messy, yucky, or gross, but, like other phobias, germaphobia is a more serious psychological issue. Germaphobia is also know more specifically as verminophobia (fear […] Read More

Moving/How to Adjust to a New Home

A major life change, such as moving into a new home, can have an impact on your mental health. A sudden change in environment can be stressful, and moving day always seems to come faster than expected. However, with a bit of planning and preparation, it’s possible to manage the stress that comes with moving, […] Read More

Disability and Mental Health

Mental health as a whole is one of the most stigmatized areas of medicine and as such comes with its own unique challenges when talking about mental health and disability. Unlike the deficits seen with a stroke or broken leg which are obvious, people with serious mental health conditions may on the surface seem to […] Read More

Tuberculosis and Mental Health

What is the link between tuberculosis and mental health? Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne infection, caused by bacteria, that is preventable and treatable. However, the treatment requires multiple drugs for multiple months, and many countries are still battling TB. Currently, 95% of deaths due to TB are in low-income countries. The risk factors for mental […] Read More

Retail Therapy

Shopping is considered a popular pastime for many people, with the National Retail Federation estimating Americans will spend over $700 billion this holiday season. However, the activity of shopping can have a psychological effect on us, improving our mood through what’s known as “retail therapy.” The question is, why does buying stuff make us feel […] Read More

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