Winter Depression Treatment, Light Therapy, Hugging, And Cuddling  

Some people who claim to have normal mental health almost all year round experience depression during the same period every year. Such condition is known as winter depression in which they may sleep too much or may show to have little energy.  



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Extreme Cases of Hoarding

Collecting or keeping things is part of our human nature; we do this for us to preserve the sentimental value behind everything we keep. We collect items such as dolls, cars, watches and the likes because it gives us the satisfaction of seeing things that we like. The art of collecting involves organized and careful handling of things, which makes the collections very pleasing to the eyes. Collecting things with purpose is done in a more organized and rational way.


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Paraphilias: How They Develop And Possible Treatments


As a complex human experience, sexuality manifests in patterns unique to each person, deriving from the way fantasy imagery merges with his or her sexual and emotional development. — Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.

There is a great deal of controversy associated with deviant sexual behaviors and preferences. The definition of what is normal over aberrant or disordered is partly dependent on the cultural view of acceptability. Paraphilia is defined as a strong sexual attraction to an object or people other than genital stimulation. Having an unusual taste regarding sexual behavior doesn’t automatically result in having a paraphilic disorder; it needs to cause distress and threatens the psyche of the self, others, and the community.

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Five Interesting Mental Illness Syndromes



The human mind is fascinating. The magnitude of creativity, ideas, thoughts, and memories it can process is endless. Due to this wonder of the mind, it is a subject of many research and studies most especially on topics of mental health, geniuses, childhood development disorders and many more. People are familiar with mental disorders that commonly affect the population; however, some syndrome and disorders are rare but quite interesting to look into.

Stockholm Syndrome

The condition is characterized by psychological respond of the victim towards the victimizer. The victim exhibits signs of loyalty, sympathy and even voluntary compliance to the suspects. This is commonly discussed in cases of hostage abduction, but there are instances where the syndrome was observed in rape, and spousal and child abuse cases. The syndrome was first seen in 1973. It occurred in a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. The hostage exhibits the classic signs of the syndrome towards their hostage-takers to the point of defending and refusing to testify against them. Another well-known example of Stockholm syndrome is when Patty Hearst, a daughter of a millionaire was kidnapped in 1974; later, joined her kidnapper in an organized robbery. As any management of severe trauma, psychotherapy and supportive modalities are utilized as well as addressing the co-morbidity conditions if there is any.

Professionals have expanded the definition of Stockholm syndrome to include any relationship in which victims of abuse develop a strong, loyal attachment to the perpetrators of abuse. Some of the populations affected with this condition include concentration camp prisoners, prisoners of war, abused children, incest survivors, victims of domestic violence, cult members, and people in toxic work or church environments. — Sharie Stines, PsyD

Cotard Delusion


The delusion is also referred to as walking corpse syndrome. The person believes that he/she is dead or do not exist. Also, some people with this condition think that they have lost all their blood and internal organs; in short, living zombies. Due to this belief, they don’t crave for food or water since it is not essential for a dead person.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

This disorder happens when the primary caregiver acts like he/she is caring for the sick individual most often young children when in fact, the child as well. Usually, people with this condition fabricates stories about the symptoms exhibited of the supposedly ill child, alters diagnostic tests, falsify medical records and to the point of inducing symptoms through various methods like starvation, suffocation, poisoning, and exposure to infection. These are commonly experienced by parents or adult children of elderly patients. The fabrication is usually done for sympathy and attention rather than for financial gain. Management often requires the inclusion of social worker, foster care organizations, law enforcement, and health care providers.

Long-term studies of children with disorganized attachment have found that, as parents, they often become either compulsive or controlling caregivers. — Joni E Johnston Psy.D.

Reduplicative Paramnesia

It is composed of a delusional belief that location has been duplicated or exists in different places simultaneously. Others believe that it has been relocated to another site. It is merely a delusion of doubles like Capgras syndrome but only refers to a place. The term was first used by a neurologist Arnold Pick in 1903 to explain the condition of a patient with suspected Alzheimer.

Stendhal Syndrome



The condition was named after the 19th century French author Henri-Marie Beyle (1783–1842) – better known by his penname ‘Stendhal’ – who at the age of 34 years (in 1817) described in detail his negative experiences (in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio) of viewing Florentine art of the Italian Renaissance (and hence it’s alternative name as Florence Syndrome). — Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.

The person feels dizzy, increased heart rate, hallucinate or even faint because they find a place too beautiful or if too much art surrounds them. There are intense anticipation and longing to be in that specific position that when it happens in real life, the experience can be too overwhelming for the person; thus, exhibits signs associated with Stendhal Syndrome.

Identifying Mental And Emotional Abuse – Part 2



Last week, we left off with signs of mental and emotional abuse. Symptoms like attacking the victim’s self-esteem, control on the person, and displaying accusations without basis. For this blog, more signs will be revealed, signs that you might think is normal, but in reality, it is already abuse.

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Helping Someone In Grief

The experience of grief is different for everyone, and it has no timetable. Grieving, however, is a necessary part of the coping and healing processes. — Jacqueline Pearce, MSEd, MHC

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always challenging emotionally, and it can take a significant amount of time to reach the stage of acceptance and rebuild a life with a “new normal.” However, when the loss is abrupt and unexpected or accompanied by violence and horror, the impact is intense to the bereaved cognitive, physical, psychological and emotional status. These past few years, the world has seen various events that can be categorized as horrifying and senseless death such as mass shootings, terroristic activities, plane crashes, massive vehicular accidents and natural disasters like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes. Whenever we are put in a situation where we can provide support to bereaved family, friends, and coworker who has been affected by the sudden loss.  It is ideal to take note of the facts about the effects of sudden and unexpected death to the loved ones left behind and how to help them deal with this type of tragedy.


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Identifying Mental And Emotional Abuse – Part 1



Abuse can come in many forms, not all being apparent and physically visible. Mental and emotional abuse is a more nefarious kind of abuse since it’s very hard for others and even yourself or the person being abused to detect when you are in the midst of it.

Abuse of this kind seeks to frighten, isolate, and control a victim and is enacted through an abuser’s words and actions (that are not directly physical). The persistence of these actions to reinforce the abuse is a common trait of emotional abuse and is usually done by someone close to the victim like a lover, spouse, or family member.

Emotional abuse can be every bit as devastating to individuals and relationships as physical and sexual abuse. And the pain of experiencing emotional abuse can be heightened when you feel unsure whether what you are experiencing is normal or okay. —  Betsy Smith, MEd, LPC-S

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Effects Of Prolonged Emotional Abuse – Part 2 (How To Recover)



Although it is most often thought of in terms of intimate partner relationships, emotional abuse can occur in other types of relationships as well. Parent-child relationships, for example, can be marked by emotional abuse, sometimes continuing well into adulthood. —  Betsy Smith, MEd, LPC-S

Last week, short term and long term effects of emotional abuse were discussed. This week, it will be about recovery, but before that, a word of advice.

Woman, you are beautiful and precious in your way. You must not let any man use and abuse you physically, mentally, psychologically, and emotionally. Phenomenal woman, that’s you – said Maya Angelou. Remember that.

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Effects Of Prolonged Emotional Abuse – Part 1



“You are such a stupid woman.”

“Useless piece of crap, that’s what you are.”

“Worthless wife.”

“Can’t you do anything right?”

These are just some of the words women hear from their husbands, partners, or boyfriends, and yet, they silently accept it. True – words cannot create a physical wound. It can do more than that, for it harms a woman’s heart, mind, and, soul.

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Why Seeing A Psychologist Is Good For Your Physical Health

People who endorse the belief that they can circumvent obstacles that get in the way of their goals are more successful. Not because of magical abilities or thoughts. More simply, people with “pathways thinking” access their mental energy more readily and devote greater effort to pursue the goals that they care about. — Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.

Many of us turn to a psychologist when we struggle with mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety. This profession provides us with guidance, teaching us proper ways to cope and deal with our problems. However, it’s not just good for our mental well-being. Psychologists can also assist us in improving our physical health in various ways. Let’s take a look at how.

Promotes A Healthy Lifestyle


When we think about psychologists, we often see them as people who help us overcome psychological and emotional distress. Aside from these things, they also provide us with guidance in other aspects of our lives. There are those who assist us in finding our career path, those who assess work environment and needs, and those who help us understand ourselves better.

No matter what they specialize in, they’re likely to lead us to a healthier lifestyle through positive practices. Clinical psychologists, for instance, help us manage our psychological distress. They do this by developing a treatment plan for us. Their plan for us can include getting more sleep, exercising, and eating healthier. In turn, these activities improve our physical well-being. Sleep allows our body to repair itself, exercise releases hormones that make us happy, and a balanced diet keeps us healthy. It’s about staying on track with things that help us both mentally and physically.

Keeps You Away From Harmful Habits


Many of us deal with our problems through harmful coping mechanisms such as binge drinking, smoking, and reckless thrill-seeking behavior. Psychologists don’t just help us start good practices. One of the things that they do is to help you break from harmful habits.

Staying away from these activities is a positive thing for our physical health. Smoking damages the lungs and can lead to several illnesses such as bronchitis, emphysema, and cancer. Drinking can make us dependent on alcohol and cause liver cirrhosis, fibrosis, or alcoholic hepatitis. Being inebriated can also put us in harm’s way. Many thrill-seeking activities can be risky and dangerous, which can physically harm us.

Your most important mission is staying true to your own internal compass since that is what you end up living in the long run. — Teyhou Smyth Ph.D., LMFT

Helps You Express Your Emotions

People tend to give more attention to IQ and forget the importance of EQ. What many of us don’t know is that our emotions can also physically affect us. Our body responds differently to specific emotions. When we’re angry, our blood pressure rises. Likewise, sadness can bring about stress, which in turn affects our hormone levels. With severe anxiety, digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and hyperacidity can come about.

Thankfully, we can learn to avoid these symptoms by seeing a psychologist. They’ll teach us that negative feelings such as anger and grief are not inherently evil. We have to learn how to manage and handle our emotions better. They can also help us find underlying problems that cause such feelings and reactions. Once we can control what we feel, we also avoid the harm they can cause to our physical health.

Lowers Your Risk Of Developing Illnesses


While having poor physical health can deteriorate your mental health, the reverse is also true. For instance, those with depression often have poor sleeping patterns. The lack of rest means our body doesn’t have enough time to repair itself for the next day. Over time, sleep deprivation puts you at a higher risk of developing heart disease and experiencing a heart attack.

Depression can also mean skipping meals or loss of appetite, which keeps us from getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Malnutrition lowers our immune system and impairs brain function, making us more prone to severe illnesses.

Physicians can help patients feel less alienated by working collaboratively with psychologists who think about the illness experience from a comprehensive and multi-faceted perspective. — Mary-Joan Gerson Ph.D.


Both physical and mental health are parts of our overall well-being. They are linked and worked hand-in-hand with each other. They’re a two-way street, with both affecting the other both positively and negatively. It is the reason why it’s essential for us to remember not to neglect either one of the aspects. Seeking help from a professional can help us develop better habits, break away from negative ones, learn to manage our emotions, and lower our risk of diseases.

Just like how our physicians can help our physical health improve our mental wellness, seeing a psychologist to improve our state of mind can make us keep fit – body and mind.