Category Archives: mental illness

What is Co-Narcissism?

If you’re having an, “oh great, one more thing to worry about” response to the unfamiliar word “Co-Narcissism,” you’re not alone. I am not a proponent of inventing and loosely wielding new psychological problems, diagnoses, and concerns for people seeking help and understanding through their interpersonal conflicts, low self-esteem, and a myriad of other problems […]

How to Find the Right Therapist

“How do I find the right therapist?” I am often asked this question and would like to preface my opinions by saying that they are just that – opinions. Therapists are as diverse as their clientele and I presume that all would have something to add to this discussion, or perhaps an entirely opposite perspective. […]

Brené Brown’s TED Talks

Two Must Watch Videos: Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame I became an official Brene Brown fan when she bravely addressed the seemingly “non-scientific” subject of vulnerability using evidence-based research and her own personal experience during the 2011 Ted Talks with “The Power of Vulnerability.”  My appreciation for her has only intensified […]

Antidepressant Medication

A fascinating discussion among physicians on the efficacy of antidepressant drugs – to take or not to take medication for depression.  Watch the 60-minutes piece and read Dr. Amos’s response. http://jajsamos.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/black-and-white-thinking-in-living-color-the-placebo-antidepressant-controversy/

Humility

I recently had coffee with a former graduate school professor and was reminded of the importance of humility in therapeutic practice.  Not only was I reminded of my days as a student, stumbling through the wide world of social services, but also of the power, will, and strength of former clients.  I was comforted in […]