If you live long enough, you are bound to experience the death of a loved one. For many, this is the most stressful life-event ever encountered. While most people gradually adjust to their loss, a minority develop severe, enduring, and disabling grief symptoms. How should such ‘complicated grief’ be treated?
I am an international PhD student from Indonesia. It is always been my dream to study an advanced clinical treatment in my home country, which is exactly what I am doing right now. However, the struggle to stand on two different continents to make my research happen… is real.
Internationalization is hot, and our university is working hard to set up collaborations with universities in other countries, of which India is seemingly going to be one of them. A brief report to get a flavour of my first experience at Thapar University in Patiala, India.
One Monday in mid-to-late January is said to be the most depressing day of the year. For the past 12 years, a Welsh psychologist has been associated with this day. He has become known as the brain behind Blue Monday, allegedly developing the formula used to calculate the date. But what is the real story, and how has it developed over time?
In 2014, my collaborators and I published a post on Mindwise entitled: “What are you thinking right now? On the topic of metacognition”, in which we discussed what metacognition is considered to be (‘thinking about thinking’) and how metacognition may play a role in different kinds of psychopathology. In this post, we seek to delve a little deeper by applying the model to disorders in the psychosis spectrum.
Anorexia nervosa is a severe disorder for which effective treatments are still lacking. Experimental studies are crucial in the search for the causal factors that drive anorexia nervosa and to guide the development of more effective treatments.
Neuroticism is often depicted as an extremely undesirable personality trait, having been associated with all sorts of problems. This post shines a brighter light on being a neurotic, with benefits including enhanced evolutionary fitness, more positive health behaviors, and greater academic as well as vocational success.
In a recent literature review my co-authors and I compared the symptoms and causes of schizophrenia spectrum disorders and dissociative disorders. The results show the limitations of categorical models of psychopathology (e.g. DSM-5) compared to models that view symptoms as extremes of normal behavior, and models emphasizing that symptoms can cause other symptoms.
HoeGekIsNL is a national crowdsourcing study designed to create an empirically based representation of mental strengths and vulnerabilities and their role in mental disorders. It is an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (ICPE), UMCG. The team behind the project is led by professor Peter de Jonge and is comprised of scientists from different fields, including psychiatric epidemiology, psychology, computer science, and mathematics.