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Thanks! If you have any ideas, let me know :)
It is not a stupid question at all! Becoming efficient at consuming research is really tough- I think it was one of the main things that caused my peers in college to question whether they liked research.
A lot of it is practice. I have been reading lit for like… 8 years. I’m really familiar with the language and structure of the lit in my area at this point. I would have a much harder time if I was reading outside my area- I’m even slower reading social psych articles, which isn’t that far off base, so who knows how it would go if I tried to read a chem article or something.
I also read with a purpose. Sometimes I want to read the whole article, thoroughly, critically, so that I can learn/keep up with the literature/complete a homework assignment/do other work. Other times, I have a purpose, so if I identify what I need from the article (or what I need to know so I know whether the article will give me what I want), then I can be more efficient reading.
For example, maybe I’m already familiar with the subject area but I want to know about differences between two populations- then I will check the abstract and the methods. Or maybe I’m interested in a particular sort of analysis, so I’ll check the abstract and the results section. I hope that’s helpful!
The new Zimbardo treatment for PTSD, right? I looked around and couldn’t find a single study testing its effectiveness. Zimbardo and his colleagues are arguing its effective based on (I believe) a pilot study that has not been peer reviewed and some case studies that have also not been peer reviewed (there is discussion of both in their book on it, which I’ll admit I’ve skimmed but not thoroughly read). So there’s no real evidence of effectiveness at this point, although I think it’s a pretty new treatment.
Generally, I’m not sure why a person would pick an untested therapy when there are effective treatments for PTSD already. They talk about language use, and they’re not wrong that it’s important, but other treatments don’t focus on diagnostic terms and there’s no reason to use them if it hinders progress. I would also note that Zimbardo is not a clinical psychologist and has no clinical background- something I think is important in this sort of research. He’s pretty well known for dipping a toe into some random topic for a while, whether he knows about it or not, and then moving onto something else. I hope that’s helpful!
Oh that’s awesome! You guys are the greatest! I hope you find it helpful- and good luck with school :)
Therapists definitely can have their own therapists, and often do. The only situation I’m aware of where it’s required is when psychoanalysts are in training- they have to be in psychoanalysis as well, and I believe usually remain in psychoanalysis for many years. My program faculty have always been very supportive of students and psychologists in general being in therapy, and have helped students find a competent therapist without too many ties to the program when asked (which is nice, the community can be too small for comfort).
this link has a good starter list of reasons to see a therapist, hopefully that’s helpful.
When I ask that question (“why did you decide to seek therapy?” or whatever), the point isn’t that my client needs to prove that they really need therapy or that they have a good reason to be there. It’s supposed to be a good opening, so that the client can talk about whatever’s most important and relevant to them right now. What I want to know is: what’s been going on for you in your life (mostly in the present, but sometimes talking about the past is important too) that’s caused you to feel like you need some outside assistance to get back where you want to be? That question is complicated, and will take longer than a few sentences to explain- and that’s okay with me. It’s nice when someone can start with something condensed so I get the big picture (“I’ve been really stressed out at work and it’s really affecting my sleep and my marriage”) before they go into the details but ultimately, I need to know the details.
So I’d really encourage you not to worry about being about to articulate how therapy is going to help you specifically- it’s our job to figure out how to make therapy helpful. Instead, focus on what’s going on for you leading you to seek services. It’s okay if that’s a bit disjointed, and if it takes awhile. It’s totally common that people aren’t sure where to start and need some time to compose their thoughts. It’s great if you can summarize your reasons for coming in, but what I really appreciate is people who come in when they need to and are willing to talk about what’s going on. I hope that helps!
I can’t give individualized treatment or diagnostic advice. I really encourage you to seek treatment with a competent professional in your area if you are concerned.
Based on your description, I think it could potentially be a lot of things. Since I don’t know you and I’m not your mental health provider, I can’t give you an accurate idea of what is most likely going on. I really do recommend that you see someone you trust in your area. Given your question, I would recommend getting a diagnostic assessment from a clinical psychologist- you can explain your concerns and ask for recommendations. Once they do the assessment, they will be able to tailor their recommendations based on what they understand about you in particular, so the recommendations are most likely to be beneficial for you. I hope that’s helpful!
considering expanding my horizons a little and making a .com website tied to my tumblr. therapy101.com and .org is unfortunately taken so I’d have to pick a different domain.
opinions, preferences, ideas, etc. are extremely welcome- please send em my way :)
Take a look at this study, for example. Exactly 0 of the healthy controls ever became psychotic. That study and others have found that the prodromal phase and other overlapping constructs (like schizotypy) do a really good job of identifying risk of a psychotic episode. A person who truly was high functioning in all the domains and then became psychotic is extraordinarily rare. In those cases, my guess would be that it was caused by an external stressor- probably substances or a medical condition.