Category Archives: Clinical Psychology

The Effects of Glutamate in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are some of the most frequent psychological disorders, and the processes involved in fear conditioning seem to be the same across species, i.e. the same neural structures may be involved. Continue reading

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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Were Our Ancestors Depressed?

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In this article, I will try to sum up some evolutionary theories of depression. Have people always been depressed, or how is it? Continue reading

A Brief Overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that might occur after someone has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Only a small number of people who have experienced a traumatic experience actually develops PTSD. Most people will have experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 45. Continue reading