Friday, 25 May 2018

ABC's of the DSMV: Kinky Kleptomania!

Kleptomania, we've all heard of it, we all know what it is, but what else do we know about it? Have you ever wondered what is behind the compulsion to steal nonsensical, silly little things with no real reason? It's definitely one of the stranger diagnoses out there, I would think, and what is the difference between just stealing for the sake of it with no drive, and a legitimate lack of impulse control causing someone to steal paperclips and scrap sticky notes? This week we're looking into the bizarre and interesting world of kleptomania. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Month: Environment

This month is mental health awareness month (as you can obviously tell by the title, ha!) and in 2018, there is still poor awareness of mental health and the issues surrounding it. I'm currently watching "Me & My Mental Health" on 5 and it's really insightful and worth watching. It follows different people with various diagnoses and they talk about their lives, how they struggled with it, and their symptoms - a lot of which you would never have linked to certain disorders, such as OCD and Schizophrenia.

Friday, 30 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: Internet Gaming Disorder - Really?

Internet Gaming Disorder. Yes, you read correct, Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD, with “Disorder” being hesitant) is being considered for further research in the DSM-V which means it may be a new entry in the DSM-VI. I have a lot of opinions on this (if you can’t tell already), but I will save them for the end after laying down the facts and rationale for claiming this as a disorder.

What is IGD? Well, basically put it’s exactly what you think. It’s an addiction to online games which is so severe that it results in negative consequences, one of which is limiting real-life experiences (Ko, 2014). Much of the literature so far looks at massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs – think World of Warcraft, Runescape, Elder Scrolls Online, etc.) as being the main type of games causing IGD, possibly due to their need for high amounts of social interaction.

Friday, 23 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: The Hoarder in my Home.

Hoarding disorder is something we’ve seen coming up a lot on TV lately with shows like “The Hoarder Next Door” and “Hoarders”. The shock value and uniqueness of the problems shown make for good reality TV; naturally it’s something that shocks us and makes us question how these things happen. Our natural reaction to hoarding is disgust and shock, but also a lot of the time hoarding behaviours are misunderstood as just stubborn behaviours and general bad habits, but it goes far deeper than that. Hoarding comes under as a form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and the biology of it goes far deeper than just simple bad habits and collecting things. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: G is for Gender Dysphoria

The discussion around gender and sexuality has started to move away from being a taboo, becoming a slightly more acknowledged topic. That’s not to say that acceptance and understanding are prevalent – far from it – but the first steps have been taken and people are starting to have more discussions, opening the door to understanding what gender and sexuality are.

In this post I’ll be discussing gender dysphoria and how it affects identity, sexuality and the wellbeing of an individual. As a cisgender woman I can’t speak from a personal perspective, but I can comment on the psychological and biological aspects of GD and let others use this as a platform for their voices and experiences.