Mental Health Blogs

Mental Health Blogs

Psychology Info members can all contribute to any of the Mental Health Blogs. Our members are Mental Health Researchers, professors of psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, counseling, sociology, health or a related field, and licensed mental health professionals. Each Mental Health Blog focuses on a specific topic, and information about the education, experience and credentials of our authors can be found in the Professional Mental Health Directory.

This page provides links to all of our current Mental Health Blogs, with a brief description of each blog.  

     

Mental Health Treatment and Research

Information about current mental health research and treatment. This blog addresses all mental health issues not covered in one of the other mental health blogs that focus on specific topics or issues. We encourage our members to consider posting to one of our specialized blogs, if that blog includes other information on a topic, and to post to this blog when their post does not seem to fit any of the specialized blogs. We will continue to add additional specialized blogs according to feedback from our members.

     

 Child and Adolescent Counseling and Research Issues

Topics focus on current and recent research on assessment and treatment of child and adolescent mental health problems, explanations of different types of treatment services, and how treatment can assist in remediating child and adolescent problems. Treatment professionals can focus on specific treatment that they provide, and the types of problems addressed with various treatment approaches.  Members working in academic, hospital or clinic based treatment programs can also describe specialized programs available in their treatment setting. Researchers can present their research that applies to the identification and treatment of Child and Adolescent mental health problems. 

     

Addiction Treatment and Research

This blog addresses issues related to addiction research and treatment. For example, a discussion of different types of treatment programs, complicating factors in treatment and recovery, and information on available treatment programs. Substance abuse and gambling issues are addressed here.

Couples and Families - Counseling and Research Issues

Marital distress and conflict in relationships is only one aspect of couple and family counseling. Other mental health problems, like depression, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder also have an impact on family members. The way family members react to the mental health problems of one family member can also lead to an increase in symptoms. This blog focuses on relationship problems and how mental health problems affect couple and family relationships. 

Telehealth Mental Health and Counseling Services

Telehealth refers to the provision of health services using telecommunications and other technology. Telehealth has been an asset to rural healthcare for a long time, allowing people in small communities to have access to specialists when needed. In mental health, telehealth usually refers to counseling, evaluations,  or medication consults provided with the assistance of teleconferencing software. It has recently gained more exposure because of the Covid 19 pandemic. This blog focuses on describing and explaining how telehealth mental health services can assist people who cannot get to a counselor's office. Researchers can describe how telehealth differs from traditional face to face counseling, and whether there is evidence regarding the effectiveness of telehealth services. Mental health providers can also describe the telehealth services they offer through their practice.

Social, Cultural, Ethnic, Socioeconomic, Gender and Racial Issues Affecting Counseling and Mental Health Treatment

Your identity and your background affects how you are treated by your peers, family, social group, teachers, the police, shop keepers, prospective employers and other people and groups you encounter. These factors also affect how you react to the world, the attitudes you form about others, and in a very general way, your adjustment to the world. Mental health problems can develop because of your environment, and when you develop mental health issues, your environment and world view affects how you cope with those problems, and whether you have access to effective treatment. This blog explores how these environmental factors interact with, and contribute to, mental health problems, as well as how to address these issues in counseling.

Forensic Mental Health Evaluations, Counseling and Consultations
 Research and Clinical Applications 

This blog addresses the interface between mental health professions and the legal system. Criminal, Family and Civil court cases often require mental health experts to evaluate individuals and families involved in court proceedings, provide counseling related to court issues, or offer consultation regarding jury selection, mental health factors affecting criminal behavior, parent-child relationships, competency, dangerousness, or sexual behavior. This blog focuses on any interface between mental health and the courts.

Medical Mental Health Services - Treatment and Research

Medications, medical procedures, and medical testing related to mental health diagnoses and treatment are explored in this blog. In addition, research about brain-behavior connections is explored. This includes the behavioral effects of brain trauma and disease. 

 Health and Wellness - Mental Health Counseling and Research

Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and Medical Psychology are often used interchangeably to address the impact of biology, psychology, behavior and social environmental factors on health and illness. This blog addresses research, education and treatment related to these issues. 

 

 Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Treatment and Research

Cognitive Therapy is a treatment approach that focuses on helping people change thinking and behavior that contributes to life adjustment problems.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a specialized form of Cognitive Therapy that has been successfully used to treat serious mental health problems. It focuses on changing negative thinking patterns and teaching people positive behavioral coping skills. This blog focuses on the research and treatment of mental health problems using these two related treatment approaches.

   

Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - Treatment and Research

Psychoanalysis is an intensive and long term treatment approach that focuses on the importance of the unconscious mind. It is a method of analyzing psychic phenomena and treating emotional problems by encouraging a person to talk freely about personal experiences and childhood memories. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is based on psychoanalytic theory, but is more short term and less intensive than psychoanalysis. It focuses on the effect of unconscious processes on a person's current behavior.  This blog addresses research and treatment issues in both areas. 

   

Group Psychotherapy & Counseling - Treatment and Research

Group Psychotherapy helps people address their problems by sharing their experiences and feelings with other group members and a therapist. The therapist guides the group, models and encourages positive interactions and responses to others, and identifies conflicts while encouraging members to talk about their reactions to other group members. Some groups focus on specific topics or problems, such as parenting, relationship issues or addiction, while other groups include people with a variety of problems. This blog focuses on research and treatment related to group therapy.

       

Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress - Treatment and Research

Trauma is a deeply disturbing and frightening event, or events, that involves experiencing serious physical or emotional harm or viewing another person experiencing trauma. Trauma affects people differently than other types of life problems and crises. Some traumas are specific events, such as an accident or an assault, while others involve chronic exposure to trauma, such as domestic violence or child abuse, being involved in combat or living in an place where there are regular threats of violence. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a specific mental health problem that frequently develops when someone is exposed to trauma in their life. Some other responses to trauma include depression, anxiety, and anger. This blog explores research and treatment related to trauma.        

       

Crisis Intervention Counseling - Theory, Practice and Research

Crisis Intervention Counseling is an immediate and short term mental health intervention designed to assist individuals in a crisis situation. The goal is to help a person regain emotional stability, assist with immediate symptom reduction, and help them develop coping skills for dealing with the crisis. This is a specialized area of mental health treatment, and most crisis intervention counselors have specific training in crisis counseling. This blog addresses research and treatment issues related to crisis intervention.

                  

 Depression - Theory, Research and Treatment

The NIMH reports that about 7 percent of the adult population in the United States has had at least one major depressive episode. Pervasive Depressive Disorder, which involves a cluster of depressive symptoms for at least two years, occurred in about 1.5 percent of the US adult population in one year in a recent study. This suggests that depression is one of the most common types of mental disorders. Depression occurs more often among women, and more often in adults between the ages of 18 - 25.  This blog focuses on research and treatment of all types of depression.   

            

Anxiety - Theory, Research and Treatment 

Occasional anxiety is a part of life, and is not considered a mental health disorder. However, anxiety disorders are extremely common. The NIMH reports that in a given year, approximately 19 percent of adults report symptoms of an anxiety disorder. In addition, about 31 percent of adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Women experience anxiety disorders more often than men. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder and Phobia-related Disorders. This blog focuses on research and treatment of all types of anxiety disorders. 

                        

Autism and Developmental Disorders - Theory, Research and Treatment

 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, behavior and the ability to function in school, work or other areas of life (NIMH). Approximately 3 percent of boys and 0.7 percent of girls are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is one of a group of developmental disorders that results in a dysfunction  in attention, memory, perception, language development, social interaction or problem solving ability. Other developmental disorders are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual disability, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Rett's syndrome. This blog focuses on research and treatment of these disorders.

              

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
Theory, Research and Treatment 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) was developed to reduce stress from recalling traumatic memories. EMDR is still controversial, but has been shown to be effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR has also been used to treat addictions, eating disorders, panic disorder and anxiety.  Several professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, have endorsed the use of EMDR for treating PTSD. This blog focuses on research and treatment related to EMDR, including critical assessment EMDR in specific treatment settings. 

                         

Eating Disorders - Theory, Research and Treatment 

 The NIMH describes Eating Disorders as serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people's eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Common eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. This blog focuses on research and treatment of Eating Disorders.