Lobotomy PBS documentary on Walter Freeman

[Video contains some disturbing images] PBS shows Walter Freeman and his experiments with lobotomies and how it was used in the treatment of mental disorders. Thorazine, however, was marketed as a chemical lobotomy and offered a safer solution to surgery. What were the various conditions Freeman treated with a lobotomy? How many lobotomies did Freeman […]

Rorschach Test by Adam Lore

In this brief film, Adam Lore sets 10 of Roschachs original inkblot plates to music. Visit the Fox Illinois website regarding the controversy over the availability of this reference testing on the internet. What concerns do psychologists have considering the way in which a Roschach test should be administered?

Remembering Columbine

10 years later, CBS news reports commemorate the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School. Patrick Ireland discusses his experiences amidst the chaos created by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who murdered 12 classmates and 1 teacher and wounded 2 dozen others before committing suicide. What coping strategies are necessary to overcome such a tragedy? […]

Person-Centered Therapy

The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) provides an example of person-centered therapy. The counselor in this clip attempts to build a relationship with her client in order to make him more comfortable discussing difficult issues. The client discusses his marital difficulties. What does the counselor do after the client explains the specific issues? In […]

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) provides an example of cognitive behavior therapy. Marcia explains that she feels overwhelmed with school, work, and her upcoming wedding. She keeps telling the counselor that shes there because she wants to leave school. What is included on the list that the counselor hands to Marcia? What does […]

Personality Inventories

Intelecom covers personality assessment tests, its origins, test items, and purposes. Personality inventories have become an increasingly common assessment tool in determining the basic underlying dimensions of an individual’s personality. The use of these inventories may help a person understand and utilize their abilities. What place do personality inventories and assessment tests have in the […]

Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?

AnswersTV.com discusses anxiety disorders and what symptoms to look for. They cover the five types of anxiety disorders and discuss how a doctor might determine which anxiety disorder you may have. What are the five types of anxiety disorders and what are the basic ways to tell them apart? How does OCD manifest itself outwardly?

How Anxiety Affects the Body

Did you know anxiety disorders are more common than depression in the U.S? Anxiety has both an emotional and brain-body/neurological component, and is often associated with low levels of serotonin. Neurotransmitters control movement, heart rate, thinking, sleep, mood, and reasoning. What is the primary function of serotonin? How are serotonin levels an important factor in […]

Anxiety Treatment: Drugs

There are three classes of drugs used to treat anxiety disorders: anti-depressants, benzodiazepines, and beta blockers. Anti-depressants balance hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain, affecting serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine levels. Benzodiazepines affect areas of the brain that control emotional reactions, memory, thinking, consciousness, and coordination. They are prescribed for shorter periods of time. Beta blockers […]

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Teens

Dr. Catchpole interviews a fellow psychologist, Dr. Jane Garland, specializing in separation anxiety phobias. When anxieties become too intense and too prolonged, they become a problem. Symptoms fall into three categories: body, mind, and behavior. Anxious children will have headaches, upset stomachs, muscle tension, and racing hearts. They are more emotionally fragile, and may be […]

Hypochondria: Diagnosis

Dr. Jon LaPook talks about hypochondria and when it becomes a problem. Dr. Bill Fisher explains that hypochondria is an overwhelming fear of having a serious disease. It must cause extreme distress and or dysfunction and last for at least six months. Another man explains how he thinks he has hypochondriac tendencies. How much of […]

Conversion Disorder

This is a clip from an episode of The Pretender that outlines the causes and effects of Conversion disorder. Conversion disorder can’t always be cured and often takes weeks of therapy. There are no medical symptoms for the disorder, but the problems in the patient are very real. What are the symptoms of conversion disorders? […]

Depression Theories and Treatments

This Discovery Channel clip explains theories about what may cause depression and what treatments are available. Scientists evaluate electrical impulses in the brain and how they affect emotions. Evie, a woman who was so depressed she attempted suicide, exemplifies how Prozac keeps depression at bay. What are some of the events that can spark depression? […]

Choosing a Psychotherapist

AnswersTV.com offers advice on how to choose a psychotherapist for treating depression. They explain that it is best to use a program of psychotherapy combined with medication. There are three types of psychotherapists: psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. Choose a therapist you feel comfortable with, ask what their therapy style is, and ask […]

Bipolar Overview

Once known as manic depression, bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million adults. Risk factors, symptoms, and latest treatments available are discussed in this AnswersTV.com clip. One in five bipolar patients commits suicide, but many are able to live a normal life using a combination of medications and psychosocial interactions. Bipolar disorder consists of two mood […]

Dysthymic Disorder

This short film shows the life of a man with dysthymic disorder. He seems lethargic, unhappy, and disconnected. He routinely goes through the motions of the day and is easily bullied. He finds a picture of a girl he admires but hes only seen in passing. After a particularly rough day, he considers jumping from […]

Suicide Trend in Palo Alto, California?

Recently, four students committed suicide in Palo Alto, CA, within six months of each other. All of them threw themselves in front of a commuter train. Three attended the same high school. John Blackstone reports on the incidents and the communitys reaction. Some parents and students think depressed students (or those desperate for attention) see […]

Teen Commits Suicide with Live Web Audience

A south Florida college student took his own life in front of a live web audience. His sister said when he was around people he seemed very happy. Abraham Biggs took pills and lay down on his bed while viewers watched him die. Biggs struggled with bipolar disorder and told others of his suicide plans. […]

Nutrition and Diets: How to Build Up Your Immune System

Christine Marquette explains that there are many things that can be done to build up the immune system, including stress management, physical activity and nutrition. Marquette explains that stress can depress your immune system, and that you should get lots of fruits and vegetables (especially those with antioxidants), and lean protein. She also recommends probiotic-rich […]

AIDS Documentary

The Fire Within is an illuminating story of two people with singular spirit. Bob Bowers is a long-term AIDS survivor. Shawn met him 10 years ago and in spite of his disease, she married him six months later. To this day she remains HIV-negative. This clip records Shawn’s participation in a 7-day, 575-mile bike ride […]

Childrens Cancer Hospital Ranks High for Cancer Care

The Childrens Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation for treating children with cancer according to a world report survey. The survey measured reputation of pediatric oncologists and care-related measures. This hospital uses new therapies and supportive programs to treat children. They have […]