Thinking Disorders Category

How Our Thoughts Spin Out-Of-Control

The day starts well; the woman is cheerful, optimistic. Then her husband (daughter, son, etc) comes home, doesn't smile and instead snaps at her. She tries to cheer him up; he tells her that she is too negative, a nag, on and on the insults fly and then he leaves. Her mind spins. "What did I do wrong? Why did I say that? I always say the wrong thing. I can never be right. It has always been this way. He hates me and will never talk to me again. I cannot live without him, I would be miserable. Who does he think he is anyway! He cannot speak to me like that. I don't need anyone. I will live alone. No one has ever cared about me anyway. I hate my life." Those thoughts may sound contradictory but once our minds go off on a spin, it can lead to stray paths. These thoughts are usually quick, semi conscious and often based on false premises.  For example: what if her husband comes home 30 minutes later and told her that he lost his job and apologizes for taking out his frustrations on he...

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Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

When an individual within a family is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, (i.e.
Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder), the foundation within the family is often shaken
to its core. The news is devastating, and the diagnosed family member, due to the
illness,is not be able to function in the same way as before. This individual will more
than likely require daily medication, and a great deal of support. The illness usually
strikes in the early to mid-twenties, at one's prime of life, which makes the situation
that much more difficult. Children may also be diagnosed with these disorders as
well, and their prognosis usually is not as good. Families are often at a loss
regarding how to cope with the situation, and what is best for the diagnosed
individual. Many families bring their son or daughter back home to live. Many
families end up having to keep their loved one at home, in order to care for them.
After some time, the caregivers can understandably feel overwhelmed, and
hopefully, will find suppo...

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You Are Not Weak

(From the Downtown Therapy blog. Check it out to see more)


  One of the quiet, yet pernicious, ways which serve to steer people away from seeking the assistance that psychotherapy can bring is the idea that, somehow, seeking assistance is a sign of weakness.

  I think part of this comes from movies and TV (though their depictions are getting better), which have historically portrayed individuals seeking therapeutic help as hopelessly neurotic.

  Let me be frank: anyone seeking the help of a therapist soon discovers that the opposite is true. Seeking increased self-awareness (an inevitable part of psychotherapy) is an act of will. It is you, saying that you can feel better, be better. It is saying that you deserve to understand yourself better than you currently do. It is to say that keeping things the way they are is not good enough.

  Self-improvement is not the admission of weakness of character, but the admission of strength of mind.


(From t...

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Tips from Effective

What is Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

Adult ADD is what we call any of several syndromes that interfere with adults' psychological functions such as planning, managing time and tasks, and making decisions. People with this problem may experience difficulty in the following activities:

avoiding distractions
remembering and organizing information and things
starting and finishing tasks
being on time
set and ordering priorities
acting and speaking out inappropriately

What to do if You Think You Have ADD.

ADD is believed to be associated with abnormalities in various parts of the brain, especially the frontal lobes. At the present time, there is no definitive test for the disorder. The diagnosis is based on a thorough assessment of a person's present and past functioning and, if possible, the observations of a friend or relative who has observed the individual's daily behavior. The severity of the symptoms and their impact on the patient's life are important factors to consider in...

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