Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Do you say "I'm depressed"? Do you do that often? Do you hear others often saying it? Pity. That is one of the most misused words in psychology. Because failure to get a correct and proper treatment often leads to frustration, giving up, disappointment in therapy, help and sometimes even life. Very formally, depression is defined as "characterised by the presence or history of one depressive episode when there is no history of prior depressive episodes. A depressive episode is characterised by a period of almost daily depressed mood or diminished interest in activities lasting at least two weeks accompanied by other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, hopelessness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, changes in appetite or sleep, psychomotor agitation or retardation, and reduced energy or fatigue" in ICD. In my chest of associations depression is a flat air balloon, where the role of air is played by the life energy and joy. We simply lack force. Things are not fun (by the way, there is a scientific term for that as well, it is called anhedonia). Depression may appear as different things. As mentioned above - as sad mood (but there also is "smiling depression"), disrupted sleep (but there also are people who cannot get out of bed), loss of appetite (also there are people who cannot stop eating), apathy (but depression may come together with anxiety). It is not very easy to diagnose depression clearly, or define it, probably this is why we need the metaphors. It also may be that a person is cranky, irritable, aggressive, defiant, oppositional (which leads to diagnosis of attention or behavior disorders). It may as well be that you only have an unexplained pain in your knee, heal or bowels, and nothing else. Sometimes ones says "bad mood, no motivation, burnout" - but it is still may be depression. Or may be not! So let's agree to leave the word depression for medical use, and call things as they are - sad, frustrated, bored, angry, no fun. Everyone will only benefit from that. Photo: Dimitri Houtteman from Pixabay My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach.
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Podcast I would like to recommend - "Infinite Monkey Cage". While it covers a very wide range of topics, today I enjoyed "Science of Dreaming", and there is more on human mind and psychology related subjects. It is difficult to discuss such a subjective field with so much reliance on memory and personal interpretation, but these guys do it brilliantly. Podcast hosts - Brian Cox and Robin Ince with a panel of cool guests for each episode. Episode on dreaming: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008wtj My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach.proto #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendations #podcast #infinitemonkeycage
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Book that I would like to recommend this week is in Lithuanian, Danutė Gailienė "Ką jie mums padarė". I am not sure if an English version exists, but it definitely should. It is not only about the psychology of the personal trauma, but also about what happens to the whole nation during wars, repressions and exile. Not only what happens in general, but also what did happen to our parents and grandparents and what does it mean to us and our children. A difficult read, excellent writing style and an important piece of knowledge. My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. Book my talk to know more. #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendation #book
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
What if... another one of the great futuristic projections, this time on dementia. Right now possibility to grow into bright and peaceful old age - instead of anxious, puzzling and psychologically insecure old age (or having a dementia) - awaits one in ten 65 year old people. In Japan, with more than 70 000 centenarians, about 4 percent or 5 million people are diagnosed with dementia. Similar future awaits all developed and aging societies. The article shares an expectation that a new simple blood test will allow to identify those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease with very high confidence - and to start an early prevention program of this disease (or a whole spectrum of related diseases, as authors speculate). Yet, the recommendations for efficient prevention seem to make sense even now, and for anyone of any age: - regular physical activity - healthy and sensible eating - drinking little alcohol - maintaining low blood pressure - being active mentally, constant learning - active social life I believe such future would be brighter not only because we would have more and better medications for lonely older people with multiple diseases. Or perhaps completely not because of that. Article: https://www.economist.com/what-if/2021/07/03/what-if-dementia-was-preventable-and-treatable My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book mytalk to know more! #spoonfulofreason #psychology #future #futurology #dementia #oldage
What if dementia was preventable and treatable?
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