BLOG: Although our work focuses on communication with many different types of people, even we therapists have pet peeves in the communication department.
Leslie Durr, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
BLOG: How often do we work with a person or couple and find that the dysfunctional pattern that brought them into therapy continues to be repeated, with each repetition signaling failure?
BLOG: Passing up the early morning game drive at the tiger reserve (cameras, not guns) in Ranthambore, India, I sat on the veranda of the hotel feeling like a character in the PBS series Indian Summers.
BLOG: Untreated ADHD often co-occurs with other disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorders, and substance abuse. However, in the DSM-5, ADHD is listed with the neurodevelopmental disorders so this association can be lost.
BLOG: The overlap of self-centeredness and lack of empathy can prevent easy differentiation between narcissistic personality disorder and autism spectrum disorder, especially at the milder end of the spectrum.
BLOG: We in the mental health field never know when we will be called upon to help - either being seen as a person who can be turned to by someone going through a crisis or being called upon to perform CPR.
At some level, talk therapy has always been an exercise in replaying and reinterpreting each person’s unique life story.
If we can come to understand how our life stories are built, we may be able to alter our own narrative, in small ways and perhaps large ones.
The idea that the patient must possess certain skills to get the maximum benefit of therapy limits the usefulness of it.