I’ve been thinking. I know. I know. I try not to do it often. But sometimes it just happens. Hopefully my random cogitations benefit people. So here are my latest thoughts. Actually, they’re old thoughts, but I’m writing them down. Here goes . . . ninety percent of the time when I see a show or read a book that has a psychologist, I cringe. Why? Two reasons: 1) psychologists are portrayed incorrectly; 2) mental illness is portrayed incorrectly. It drives me bonkers. Then I started thinking, maybe some of you writers out there need information about psychologist and/or disorders. And maybe I should answer them. It helps you out and it keeps me from rolling my eyes. A win-win for everyone. SO . . . if you have specific questions about disorders or therapy, ask and I will answer a question a week until the questions cease.
I’m not doing therapy over my blog or online. No! No! There are soooo many things wrong with that setup. AND I’m not running a Dear Abby or Dr. Laura (who is not a therapist) column. So none of that, “I have a friend, who has a friend, who is blah, blah, blah,” business. DO. NOT. SEND that stuff. If you do, don’t be surprised when crickets reply. You’ve been warned. This is for solid questions like: What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? Why are some therapist called Psychologist and others are called Therapist? What is the skinny on ADHD or Bipolar or Schizophrenia? Keep in mind, there are some things I don’t know. Psychologists specialize in areas just like other doctors. My areas of expertise (or what I know a lot about) are: Interpersonal Violence (Domestic Violence to laypeople), Conflict Resolution, Childhood Disorders, Family Dynamics, Depression, Anxiety, Anger/Aggression, Antisocial Personality and Borderline Personality. If I don’t know the best information, I will TRY to point you in the right direction.