What’s the difference: psychiatrist, psychologist & shrink?

This is a question that comes up pretty frequently, and someone just asked it again here on the blog a few days ago. Psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, shrink. To-may-to, to-mah-to? Or completely different concepts? My suspicion is most people have an idea that they're all different, they just can't put their finger on it. Well, here's …

What it’s like to have dementia

Grandma is aged 74 and a widow, five years now, and she lives with a domestic help in a Lagos suburb, although one or another of her three children drop by once every other week or so, usually with the grandkids (her first child is married). As everyone knows, grannies make the best parents, so …

Coming Soon: World Mental Health Day 2013—Mental health and older people

Did you know there is a World Mental Health Day? You didn't? It's every year, on October 10. That's in two days' time, on Thursday. And the theme this year? MENTAL HEALTH AND OLDER PEOPLE.   by  gaspi *yg  So, to commemorate that, I'll be blogging this month on just that subject: how mental illness affects the …

3 unique things about depression in Africans

Hello! I've been talking about depression for awhile now (see here, here and here), and I'm all set to move on to another subject. Not because there isn't more to be said, because there definitely is. (I mean, I haven't even said anything yet about treatment options available for someone with depressive disorder, for instance!) I …

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