"Having BPD is difficult, but not hopeless. I've learned to use what makes me different to grow a beautiful person, a better person." --Anonymous Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, PhD, to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) improve the quality of their lives. Basically this therapy is an intensive 6-month… Continue reading DBT: improving the lives of people with borderline personality disorder
"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." -- Oprah Winfrey Cognitive therapy (CT) is a powerful technique therapists use to help their clients deal with life's tougher moments. It's used worldwide to help individuals overcome psychiatric problems like phobias, depression, anxiety, personality disorders,… Continue reading Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood
Or something about Freud and his followers... Most people remember Freud from his teachings on childhood “psychosexual stages," unconscious conflict based on sexual and aggressive urges, and his infamous terms "penis envy" and "Oedipal Complex." Most of it's controversial, right? Maybe, but it turns out there’s more to Freud than penis envy and the Oedipal… Continue reading Psychoanalysis vs Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
This article is written for people who are too overwhelmed, sick, numb, or lost in depression to sort out their thoughts. I say "thoughts" because a lot of therapies for depression require a person to examine and rearrange their "cognitions." But what happens when mood gets so bad you barely have the energy to get… Continue reading What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think
Maybe you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, or some existential question, and you're thinking about seeing someone about it. Or maybe a friend or colleague recommended psychotherapy to you. But what is psychotherapy? Sure, you’ve watched the movies and seen that same old image: the wise guru sitting calmly taking notes as the neurotic… Continue reading What’s psychotherapy about?
In the language of Freud, defense mechanisms are the unconscious things we do to deal with difficult emotion or stress. They are kind of like absent-minded coping skills, and we all use them. They’re natural and normal. They help us deal with life struggles. But, just like coping skills, defense mechanisms come in different flavors. … Continue reading Freud: what’s the defense mechanism of the day?
Picture this scenario: You’re a college student. You’ve been working very hard on a paper for class when Don, another student, steals the paper and presents it to the professor himself. The professor is impressed with Don and gives him an A, then dings you for copying him. You can't prove that you're the original… Continue reading Defense Mechanisms: What would you do?
You've arranged an appointment with a shrink, you're not sure why, and your mind is astir with anxiety over the visit. You've never seen a psychiatrist before. The questions keep you awake at night. Can they read minds? Will they judge you right away? Will seeing someone even make a difference? The short answers: No,… Continue reading The Psychiatric Evaluation