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What is empathy?

By David Joel Miller. Why is empathy in short supply? Empathy is a vital ingredient in modern life. Empathy is described variously as, understanding another’s feelings, the ability to identify with and understand somebody else’s feelings or d...
by counseolrssoapbox on Nov 28, 2016

What is an Adjustment Like Disorder? (F43.9)

By David Joel Miller. When is an adjustment disorder not an adjustment disorder? Sometimes people have symptoms as a result of experiencing trauma or stress.  These difficulties are sufficiently severe that we think this person needs treatment but t...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jul 1, 2016

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD?

By David Joel Miller. Would you know PTSD if you experienced it? PTSD is something that we hear a lot about, but most people have only a general idea what it involves.  PTSD was first recognized in returning military veterans. … Continue readi...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jun 24, 2016

What are the six types of Adjustment Disorders?

By David Joel Miller. Adjustment Disorders include six types or specifiers. In another post I wrote about adjustment disorders. You might want to take a look at that post.  You will find it in the trauma- and stressor related disorders … Conti...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jun 17, 2016

What are Adjustment Disorders?

By David Joel Miller. You don’t have to be “crazy” to have a mental illness. Sometimes bad things happen, and those difficulties in life can overwhelm you. When these things happen, often people get right back up, but if something … Conti...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jun 10, 2016

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder (F93.0)?

By David Joel Miller. Separation Anxiety Disorder used to be strictly a children’s condition. In the past Separation Anxiety Disorder was listed in the section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) under the category of Disorders First Dia...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jun 3, 2016

What is Selective Mutism (F94.0)?

By David Joel Miller. Selective Mutism is the failure to speak at times when speech is necessary. Selective Mutism is an interesting disorder. It is one of the less common anxiety disorders and one which commonly first appears in childhood.  …...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 27, 2016

What is Genuineness?

By David Joel Miller. Being genuine means being honestly who you are. To be genuine means to be truthful and to be the real thing.  Genuine people are exactly what they represent themselves to be.  Genuine people are never fake.  … Continue...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 25, 2016

What is Genuineness?

By David Joel Miller. Being genuine means being honestly who you are. To be genuine means to be truthful and to be the real thing.  Genuine people are exactly what they represent themselves to be.  Genuine people are never fake.  … Continue...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 25, 2016

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) F94.1?

By David Joel Miller. Reactive Attachment Disorder begins early in life. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is one of those disorders which was moved in the DSM-5. It used to be included in the chapter on Disorders First Diagnosed in Infancy, …...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 20, 2016

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) F94.1?

By David Joel Miller. Reactive Attachment Disorder begins early in life. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is one of those disorders which was moved in the DSM-5. It used to be included in the chapter on Disorders First Diagnosed in Infancy, …...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 20, 2016

What is Amotivational Syndrome?

By David Joel Miller. Have you lost your drive or your desire to do something? Amotivational Syndrome is often connected with the smoking of marijuana.  This is something quite different from what we see in depression.  In depression people lose &#...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 18, 2016

What is Amotivational Syndrome?

By David Joel Miller. Have you lost your drive or your desire to do something? Amotivational Syndrome is often connected with the smoking of marijuana.  This is something quite different from what we see in depression.  In depression people lose &#...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 18, 2016

What are personality disorder clusters?

By David Joel Miller. What are the three main groups of personality disorders? The newest addition of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders divides personality disorders into three categories based on their similarities.  ...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 13, 2016

What are personality disorder clusters?

By David Joel Miller. What are the three main groups up personality disorders? The newest addition of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders divides personality disorders into three categories based on their similarities.  ...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 13, 2016

What is a Standard Drink?

By David Joel Miller. The taste may change but the alcohol stays the same. Only one kind of alcohol, ethanol, is drinkable. Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is made from fermenting a liquid made from fruit, grains or similar vegetative products. … Cont...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 11, 2016

What is a Standard Drink?

By David Joel Miller. The taste may change but the alcohol stays the same. Only one kind of alcohol, ethanol, is drinkable. Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is made from fermenting a liquid made from fruit, grains or similar vegetative products. … Cont...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 11, 2016

Persistent Depressive Disorder – PDD (F34.1)

By David Joel Miller. What if you don’t ever remember being happy? Persistent Depressive Disorder – PDD (F34.1) is new to the DSM-5. The DSM is the book professionals use to identify mental illnesses. This diagnosis is the result of … Conti...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 6, 2016

What is Polydrug or Polysubstance use?

By David Joel Miller. Polydrug use is common. Polydrug use, sometimes referred to as multiple drug use, is an increasingly common pattern. Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders used to be divided along the lines of the particular substance that someon...
by counseolrssoapbox on May 4, 2016

What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?

By David Joel Miller. Maybe that child does not have Bipolar Disorder? Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder F34.8 was added to the new DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) partially because way too many children were gettin...
by counseolrssoapbox on Apr 29, 2016


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