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The fundamentals of therapy
Anthony D. Smith LMHC
There exist many more personality disorders than the oft-showcased borderline and narcissistic, they're treatable, and they're encountered more frequently than you think.
Despite popular depression stereotypes, it can also include angry, eruptive behaviors. Understand why, and how to differentiate depressive anger from other psychiatric pathologies.
We're taught that unempathic behavior is a tell of antisocial personality disorder, but think twice before jumping to conclusions. Other personalities also showcase the feature.
Struggling to pee in public restrooms, or paruresis, affects up to 16 percent of people, some being housebound by it. Like other anxieties, once revealed, it's a treatable condition.
Being detailed and disciplined may sound like good qualities, but obsessive impeccability, morality, and rigid rule-following can be a malignant set of characteristics.
Depression is not always a noticeably-obvious package of DSM-5 symptoms, so paying attention to signs that depression could be at play is essential.
Treating depression and anxiety likely conjures images of therapy and psychiatry, but don't stop there. These three often-overlooked complementary disciplines may accelerate gains.
Feeling worn down by something about your partner, but can't put your finger on it? Perhaps you're starting to notice one of these five corrosive personality characteristics.
The recognition of prolonged grief disorder sparked emotionally reactive allegations that it just pathologized grief. An objective look shows it's not quite so simple.
If you feel unprepared to clinically encounter someone hearing voices, remembering not bluntly to ask these three reflexive questions can help.
It may sound a lot like borderline personality, but think again.
Constitutional psychopathy is an old term with some modern relevance.
Ever wonder why some people's anger continues to seethe, despite all their anger management programming? There's likely more than anger at hand.
What happens when someone is consumed by what began as adaptive, protective functions? Learn how psychological defenses can help us weather problems, or create their own.
Personality disorders are often baffling, but we can better understand them by simply knowing the lens through which people with these disorders view life.
Kids "acting out" may swiftly attract disruptive disorder diagnoses. Asking what is being acted out and observing diagnostic protocol can make you reconsider their accuracy.
Think gender should be a deciding factor of personality disorder diagnoses? Think again.
Three little phrases could be standing in the way of a better therapeutic alliance. Up your helper communications game by avoiding these repelling comments.
Not all splitting is malignant, nor is it safe to assume pathological splitting indicates borderline personality disorder.
Learning not to take challenging behavior personally and maintaining clear boundaries sets the stage for successful work with demanding personalities.
Infantile personality is no longer a common term, but you may have encountered this curious subtype of the histrionic.
Many personality disorders, even some that appear to have nothing in common, co-occur and play surprisingly well together. How does this happen?
Effective clinical encounters with personality disorders require special considerations. Dr. Joseph Shannon, a 40-year veteran of personality disorder work, shares five essentials.
Many personality disorders are not included in the DSM. Perhaps the most obscure of these is the hypomanic or exuberant personality.
Depression sidelines some people in the winter. Referring to them as having seasonal affective disorder may represent a misunderstanding of seasonal moods.
Many peripartum women experience at least some scattered depressive symptoms. Sometimes, it becomes major depression, bringing unique challenges to mothers and therapists alike.
What do you call it when major depressive disorder gets energy, rapid thoughts, and scattered affect? Give up? Mixed features.
Catatonic states are common in mood disorders, but often unnoticed. Identifying major depression with catatonic features takes a trained eye and could be a lifesaving observation.
Not every depressive spell is totally sad, agitated, and sleepless. Mood reactivity, leaden paralysis, and hypersomnia are atypical features, highly associated with bipolar disorder.
Melancholic features is the darkest form of major depression. Learn how it differs significantly from other forms of major depression, and the unique treatment it often requires.
Anthony Smith, LMHC, has 22 years of experience that includes the roles of therapist, juvenile court evaluator, professor, and counseling supervisor.