June 1st, 2010


The Doctor Is In . . .

I did this a few months ago and I’m doing it again . . .


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.


Last time I answered questions about: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder http://tracy-d74.livejournal.com/27594.html, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder http://tracy-d74.livejournal.com/28230.html, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy http://tracy-d74.livejournal.com/26989.html, Borderline Personality Disorder http://tracy-d74.livejournal.com/25633.html.

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