Tag: World Notes

A widening gender gap — for therapists

Is it too hard to find a male therapist?  A recent article in the New York Times suggested that only one in five new Masters Degrees in therapy are awarded to men … and that this means patients who are seeking a male perspective, or are more comfortable confiding to a man, are out of… Read more »

Grief doesn’t just go away — it’s something you have to work through


We’re used to tragedy.  Car accidents, cancer diagnoses, unexplained deaths – they happen every day.   But are we any good at grieving?  In an article in Natural News, Dr. Larry Malerba explores the correlation between unresolved grief and chronic illnesses. Entitled, Could Grief Be Causing Your Chronic Illness, Dr. Malerba looks at grief from a… Read more »

Redesigning substance abuse treatment for the 21st century


The face of substance abuse and addiction is rapidly changing. “Legal highs” are becoming increasingly common, with the same dangerous side effects as illicit street drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal. Last year alone, the number of recognized legal psychoactive substances doubled in Europe. Powders, pills, salts– you name it and they are being invented… Read more »

Music is good for the soul — and music therapy is good for the body


Music is good for the soul – maybe that’s why new research shows it can also be healing. A study published in the journal Music and Medicine featured a successful project that used music therapy with palliative (or hospice) care. Sandi Curtis, professor at Concordia University Department of Creative Arts, pulled together professional musicians to… Read more »

Why other people know you better than you know yourself — and how it can help


Others may know you better than you know yourself. Researchers Simine Vazire and Erika Carlson explore this self-defining issue in an article published in the Current Directions in Psychological Science. (This study is actually a follow up to their 2010 study which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). In their 2011… Read more »

You can’t diagnose a mental disorder the way you fix a toaster – but the DSM keeps trying


It’s been a busy for the manual of mental disorders. A new organizational framework was announced for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Published by the American Psychiatric Association, it’s the book doctors look at to decide if you’re crazy and what medicine to prescribe for it.  It may or may not… Read more »

It matters what the voices in your head are saying


Have you ever been known or been with someone who was diagnosed as schizophrenic? Have they ever shared their experiences with you? Have you ever wondered what that’s like? Hearing voices or “auditory hallucinations” is the one aspect that most people associate with schizophrenia – and indeed the minds of many schizophrenics are filled with… Read more »

There are no shortcuts to wisdom


If you were wise, what would it be like? I don’t mean “what would you know” – I mean “what would the experience of life be like?”  Are wise people different from the rest of us?  How do they live? That’s the question Pscyhologist Dolores Pushkar set out to answer in a recently published piece: … Read more »