Category Archives: Mental Health

10 Factors that Influence Help-Seeking Behaviors

In the book Medical Sociology written by David Mechanic (1978), a thorough theory of help‐seeking behavior is provided. The theory emphasizes individual differences in help-seeking behaviors. In other words, why do some people seek help, while others don’t? Continue reading

How Pets Influence our Health and Well-Being (Studies)

There is a saying that a dog is a man’s best friend.

Keeping pets is a phenomenon that exists in most cultures. Among the psychological theories for doing so is the theory of parental instincts, the biological love of nature, the tendency to use pets for showing off, the need to dominate the natural world, coping with loneliness, and the desire to teach youngsters responsibility and kindness. Continue reading

Psychological Medicine: Integrating Psychological Knowledge Into Medical Assessment

Psychological research has much to offer to the medical assessment.

This post is inspired by the general concerns (and my own concerns) about the overuse and misuse of medication. So what alternatives are there? Psychological medicine is a term for the integration of psychological knowledge into the general medical assessment and treatment. Continue reading

The Cognitive Activation Theory of Stress

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Acute stress is a highly adaptive response, but it may become chronic, and then we need to rethink the way we live.

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Achieve Happiness Through the Experience of Flow

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Go with the flow.

The following text is based on the book “Flow – The Psychology of Happiness” written by Csikszentmihalyi (2002), who is the psychologist behind the concept. The concept of flow describes a process of achieving happiness.
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Self-Harm as a Means of Coping With Emotional Distress

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The number (prevalence) of self-harmers is relatively high in the general population. Self-harm is involved in as much as 225 out of 100.000 emergencies in the U.S., according to the emergency departments (Puskar et al., 2006). Continue reading

How Tryptophan Affects the Mind

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Do What You Love and Stay Motivated (Self-Determination Theory)

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Inner motivation and joy are tighly connected.

When you do the things you love or enjoy, you will feel a high degree of inner motivation. Feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness are essential for inner motivation, according to the self-determination theory. Here is the reason why:

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