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Evaluating Mental Illness via the Three Different MMPI Tests

If you’ve been to college, experienced employment workshops or career counseling, or you’ve been tested for some employment opportunities, you might recall the phrase “MMPI Testing.” Let’s take the mystery out of the initials. The Psychologist Anywhere, Anytime site has a succinct definition that indicates “The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) was designed to help […]

Human Trafficking

Mental Health and Human Trafficking

“The world’s oldest profession” is a euphemism for prostitution. Human trafficking is the politically correct term for pimping victims into the prostitution trade. Whoring, prostituting, sex trafficking, sex work, no matter what you call the activity and the people involved with it, there’s a wide-ranging history to go with prostitution. All of it is destructive. […]

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“I Give Up” – The Telltale Signs of Needing Help

“I have had it!” “I am NOT doing this anymore.” “NO!” “I’m done. I’m done. I said ‘I’m done’ and I meant it!” “Why should I live? I have nothing to live for. I want to die. I’m tired of life.” “I don’t have goals. I don’t have dreams.” “I can’t live with this pain!” […]

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Why You Might Be Crying for No Reason

There’s a lot of truth in Katy B’s Crying for No Reason song. Normal people sometimes bury their concerns in the backs of their minds, where ideas percolate until they turn into tears rolling down your face. Hormonal shifts can cause the problem, too. Fatigue can cause unexpected tears, as can depression or enduing anxiety. […]

RAD child

Evaluating, Understanding & Treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder

A heart-breaking problem for the affected child as well as anyone trying to help them, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) prevents any level of trust or interest in other people. Children with RAD don’t bond with anyone because they never had the opportunity to do so or were severely rejected after making such efforts. Neglect and […]

self hate

The Unfortunate Rise of the Phrase “I Hate Myself”

I hate myself. How often do you say that? And do you add explanatory remarks such as “… when I (fill in the blank as appropriate)” or “… every time I (fill in the blank as appropriate)” or “… because I (fill in the blank as appropriate)?” Is that what you think as you gaze […]

symptoms of a sociopath

The Symptoms of Being a Sociopath: What the DSM-5 Says

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V), the newest edition of the handbook for psychotherapists, states that   “… [a] sociopath is differentiated from a psychopath, in that a sociopathy is rooted in environmental causes, while psychopathy is genetically based.” Both diagnoses, though, come under the Anti-Social Personality Disorder umbrella heading, as […]

Sociopath vs. Psychopath

Differentiating between the Sociopath and the Psychopath

People mistakenly use the terms “sociopath” and psychopath” as if they mean the same thing. They don’t. What they have in common is that both sorts of problematic people have an antisocial personality disorder. They are not interested in being nice, though psychopaths can trick people about that dangerous trait. Sociopaths might not try to […]

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Signs, Symptoms & Causes of Histrionic Personality Disorder

You’ve probably encountered people with Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). They’re prone to dramatically waving their arms, crying, shouting, screaming, or whispering dramatically while accusing their unwilling victims of thoughts and motives that they don’t actually have. Melodramatic to the core, histrionic people crave attention and know how to get it. If you’ve witnessed a female […]