Have you ever Googled unusual health symptoms in a self-diagnosis attempt?
If so, you’re not alone.
Through the course of just one year, digitalhealth.net reports that over 100 million health-related Google searches took place in the UK alone, with anxiety and depression being two of the top searches.
While the internet is a great place to get basic information, you need to be careful about your research, especially when it comes to your mental health.
Here’s a video PsychCentral published about self-diagnosis of mental illness:
Here are 9 reasons why you shouldn’t use the internet for mental health self-diagnosis.
Are you new to therapy? Do you have awkward questions you want to ask your therapist? Are you hesitant to ask them because you’re not sure if you can? Do you feel more comfortable searching for answers on Google?
You’re not alone. Every day, thousands of people ask Google questions that only a therapist can answer.
As a licensed therapist myself, I want to help, so I spent some time analyzing search queries on Google. There are dozens and dozens of them, so I picked 12 that you might have a hard time asking. …
Have you ever experienced a breakup or a divorce that was so devastating that it made you numb?
Do you find yourself avoiding people and other social situations due to anxiety and fear?
Are you plagued by sadness, anger, and shame? Have you lost your motivation and drive?
If so, you might be experiencing an emotional block.
Emotional blocks are defense mechanisms that our brains create to keep us safe from emotional harm. The good news is, emotional blocks keep us from feeling. The bad news is, emotional blocks keep us from feeling. …
Emotionally abusive relationships are shockingly common. Research conducted in 2013 on 250 men and women found that emotional abuse was a factor in 80% of their relationships.
Have you ever been in an emotionally abusive relationship? Do you think you’re in one now? Would you even know it if you were?
Sometimes the warning signs of an emotionally abusive relationship are hard to spot. So let’s talk about what emotional abuse is, how to spot it, and what you can do to get help.
Emotional abuse is about control. Abusers use the victim’s own emotions to manipulate them. …
We all know somebody who found love on an online dating app. If you are reading this, that person is probably not you.
For most of us, online dating is frustrating, especially if you take it seriously. Potential suitors are often flighty, defensive, and shallow. People lie. People ghost.
It’s an experience similar to shopping at Walmart at 3am. Sure, you may find exactly what you are looking for. But more than likely, you just end up being grossed out by the behavior of strangers.
Online dating apps were supposed to make things easier. …
It’s happening. Again.
We’re all going to have to resume wearing masks. On August 9th, the Mayor of Durham, NC, Steve Schewel, reinstituted an indoor face mask protocol in his fair city, which is part of the famed Research Triangle — home to Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, and, of course, the state capitol, Raleigh.
And as Durham falls, so goes the rest of the state. It’s just a matter of time before masks are required everywhere in North Carolina.
Thanks, anti-vaxxers. From the bottom of my heart — thanks.
For the past four years, I’ve worked at a…
Last summer, I bought a black 2018 Nissan Murano that has the most incredible feature. I don’t know if this is standard in other cars, but it should be.
It’s called a “turn signal switch,” but I’ve been told by a team of aeronautical engineers at Stanford University that folks just call it a “turn signal” for short.
In the world of mental health blogging, giants like Psych Central, Healthline, and Mental Health America dominate the landscape. There’s nothing wrong with that. These organizations publish reliable and informative content.
But if you prefer smaller, more personal mental health blogs, then this list is right up your alley.
Mental health is one of those fields where readers benefit from multiple perspectives. Perhaps you prefer personal stories about mental health struggles — they often provide comfort and support. You might also prefer mental health blogs written by licensed professionals, especially if you value clinical insight and expertise.
Regardless of your…
The opening crawl of The Empire Strikes Back makes one thing clear: Darth Vader is a man on a mission. In the previous Episode, the Rebellion has struck a critical blow to the Empire with the destruction of the Death Star, but Vader remains undaunted.
If anything, his failure has only strengthened his resolve. The last paragraph sums up his motivation:
The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space….
Say what you will about the Sith — Vader is all about setting goals. He knows what…
The subject of Narcissism has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. I first thought it was a reaction to the election of Donald Trump, but in truth, we’ve been heading in that direction since the novel 50 Shades of Grey first introduced a Hollywoodized version of Narcissistic Personality Disorder to tweens in 2011.
Almost a decade later, you can’t toss a dead squirrel without hitting dozens of articles, memes, and videos from self-proclaimed “Narcissistic Abuse Recovery” experts who seek to shame, vilify, and expose the narcissist for what he truly is.