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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
3:50 pm
Hi everyone,

I, unfortunately, am not a psychology student, although I now wish I had been. Anyway, I don't really know what this blog is for, if its just for students with questions about their education or if I can ask one of you for your insight on something. I'm hoping one of you can help me.

I have a 22 year-old sister. For about 2-3 years now she has been suffering from these episodes that are really beginning to scare me, especially because I don't live close to her anymore and I can't do anything when she calls me. Her episodes start with chest pain, and then she goes into hyperventilation. She can't breathe and no matter what you do you can't get her to calm down and breathe deep, I at least haven't been successful over the phone, when we lived together I would hold her and try to calm her down. Anyway, she tenses up completely, from head to toe. Her fingers and toes clench up and you have to massage her them to get them back to normal. The worst is that I know it hurts her because she begins to cry and scream. On a few occasions she's called out for my grandfather. It seems to come in waves, because she will get like this, and then you get her to calm down and breathe normally but you can tell she's not all there because her eyes glass over and she looks to be out of it and then she starts hyperventilating again and she tenses all up and its the whole process all over again. When she finally gets over it all, she barely remembers what happened. She knows that she's gone through one but she can't remember details or anything. Last time it took a while to get her to really recognize her boyfriend who she's been with for about a year now. He mentioned that she was very distant with him. The way I've always described her episodes have been comparing them to exorcism. Some are worse, others are controlled in no time, and for a while she was able to detect the onset and she would calm herself before she would start hyperventilating, but the last two have been really bad. They occur like once a month, once every couple of months. I was attributing it to stress, but she's in a good place right now and I can't imagine that she's in as much stress as she was when they started becoming an issue. Another thing I think I should add is that she was bulimic, although I don't know if that has anything to do with it. She went to see a family friend's son who is a psychiatrist and he prescribed her some medicine, but I am still unaware of her actually being diagnosed with something. I think he thought they were just panic attacks and with the medicine it would get better, and it did for a while, but about a year ago they flared up again. I have researched online and I haven't found much aside from panic/anxiety attacks. I never knew they could get that bad, if that's what it really is. Anyway, I would really love some feedback. At least so I can guide her as far as professional help is concerned, who she should go see and all that.

I appreciate anything you can give me.
Thank You!
Monday, September 7th, 2009
11:58 am
hi all!

where do you go online to get free journal articles? abstract ok, full text preferred :)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
8:09 pm
New web-portal - Russian psychology in English

Dear colleagues,

we welcome Psyjournals.ruyou to the new web-portal on psychology –

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 The core part of PsyJournals.ru is constituted with full-text digital archives of psychological journals:

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Also you will find free reviews and translations from Russian into English, information on Russian and international psychological events and much more.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009
2:56 pm
Question to Doctorate students
Hello everyone,

I have a few questions to doctorate clinical or counseling psychology students.

I am interested in the interview part of the application process, and in your personal experience in particular.

Here are my questions:

In case the program offers applicants 4 possible days to chose for an interview, which consequent day do you think it is the best to have an interview?

How many applicants are usually invited for an interview, and how many are accepted/rejected afterwards?

What happens during an interview? What are typical procedures? What is the best way to get prepared? What does faculty usually test during an interview?

I would really appreciate your answers!

PS I have just received an invitation for an interview at a Counseling Psychology PhD program which is APA accredited and which accepts 6-8 people out of 60-70 applicants pool. I have passed the 1st step of the application process and am very worried about the interview part.
Friday, December 5th, 2008
10:14 pm
If this isn't allowed, let me know and I will delete.

Can somebody point me towards the right reading material for the following symptoms/oddities:
(i tried googling it, i think i have an idea but i want to have more opinions)

* Stares into mirror frequently
* Feels the need to impress people constantly
* Socially Anxious
* Manipulative
* Alcoholic
* Instability/sense of loss in identity
* Complains of extreme anxious thoughts of feeling:
a) really old - can't do anything to better life and
b) really young & immature in age - needs to 'grow up'
(these thoughts happen at separate but reoccuringly throughout lifetime for a period of over 5 years.)
* Bodily pains
* Constantly talks about one's problems - little to no capacity to hear others'
* Shows no desire for relationship unless other partner breaks up with him/her - only time partner shows emotion during the duration of the relationship.
* Can pass compliments (usually sexual) to their partners
* Perfectly fine with breaking a relationship, however if rejection is rhetorical, becomes manipulative & emotional.
* Goes out of way to do what partner asks of them not to do.
* When said person breaks the relationship, they continue to charm their ex partner into achieving sexual activity. When goal is met, said person then becomes emotionally & romantically distant.
* Makes comments on how partner should look like/adopt physical traits he/she finds attractive of (insert random person on the street)
* Partner can never enjoy going out with said person because they go out of their way to suddenly act aggressive & blaming. if partner doesn't apologize, said person will become more angry & makes a scene in public.
* When confronted with the fact that this person had uncoerced sex with someone (specifically 8 years younger than this person) they replied they thought they were 'different' or 'special' than the other men in the survivor's life he/she assumed sexual advantage over.
* this particular person is 28 if this makes a difference. The victim was 17 at the time.

Thank you to anyone who can input on this.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
10:41 pm

Hi there, I am a PsyD 1 graduate student (Clinical Psychology) and I was curious to find out about the EPPP exam from those who have recently taken it. Could those who have taken it share your experience with this test, how you prepared for it, what you would suggest for preparation? Any helpful information would be appreciated.


I live in Michigan and well because of the changes in law recently I have the option to take the EPPP earlier than planned because the Masters level students are now required to take the EPPP to qualify for LLP status (effective 6/2010).

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
5:19 pm
Clueless About The PsyD Application Process
I really, really need some help from you guys.

I graduated from Berkeley in December 2007 with honors in linguistics. I'm 99% sure I want to become a psychotherapist and get a PsyD. Problem is, I prepared to become an academic (linguistics PhD programs) and don't have a psychology major. I did research in linguistics and have no psychology experience really. I took some classes because I was a psych major the first two years of college, but I think some PsyD programs require basic classes like abnormal psychology that I didn't take.
  • If I took classes at a community college, would that be sufficient background for these core classes that may be required? Will they care if it's at a CC instead of a university?
Basically, I'm clueless about how to begin this whole process, and if somebody could point me to some resources on how to prepare for and apply to PsyD programs (or even offer me some advice yourself) it would be greatly appreciated. I am only familiar with how to apply to research-oriented PhD programs, not clinical programs. I assume in addition to classes I also have to do psychology volunteer work or internships to figure out if I really want this career, as well as gain experience and valuable references.
  • If I did linguistics research and have a recommendation from that professor, is that useless for PsyD programs?
  • How much do programs run in cost? I've heard that most are funded entirely out-of-pocket.
  • How much do psychotherapists generally make? I want to have some reassurance the debt will be worth it, though with $70K already from undergrad I'm probably going to have to resign myself to lifelong debt...
  • Anything else I should be doing to prepare and enhance my résumé?
Thank you so much for any help you can provide!
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
5:33 pm
anyone know any good movies or shows that illustrate the oedipus complex? ideally post-oedipal disturbance? i need to show a clip for class.... thanks!
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
3:41 am
NSF Awards
 Dear Colleagues,

NSF is soliciting proposals for GRF awards for FY 09; application
deadlines cluster at the beginning of November 2008 and vary by field.
GRFs provide three years of "early-stage" support for graduate students
seeking research-based master's or doctoral degrees in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, including the
social sciences.
  The funds granted for each student per year total
$40,500, including $10,500 for tuition.  The program expects to award
between 900 and 1,600 fellowship grants in FY 09, with total available
funds estimated between $36.5 and $65 million.  Awards will be granted
in late March, 2009.  Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens,
nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

More information is available at:



Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
College of Natural Science
Michigan State University
101A Natural Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1115
tel. 517-355-4474
fax. 517-432-1054

Friday, June 27th, 2008
7:10 pm
academic language
Hallo all! I investigate psychological aspects of academic language. And I have some methodological questions. I’m going to take the discourse approach. But I don’t know a degree of topicality this research. Perhaps somebody are interested this topic and can help me?
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
5:26 pm
Help! I Need these Video Clips Desperately!
I ordered my books for this term, and only recently found out that my book didn't come with the video clips CD/ DVD it was supposed to, or that I needed this at all. I need the video clips DESPERATELY. Ordering from half.com won't work- most of the books there don't have the CD, and I don't want to waste time ordering and waiting. I tried the university library, but they don't have it, either. I need these clips for an assignment due this week.

I am happy to rent or buy the video clip CD from you.

If you have can upload the clips somehow and email them to me, I will pay you by Paypal. If you live within 75 miles of Southern CT, I will drive to you. If you live far away, I will pay for FedEx.

But I need these clips or I am dead meat.

The clips I need are those that go with INTERVIEWING FOR SOLUTIONS by BERG and DE JONG.

I need the VIDEO CLIPS, *not* the book. I have that already.

If you have the tape of these clips, I will gladly pay for them and sing your praises across the Internet.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2007
3:21 pm
subliminal priming
Hi. Does anybody deal with subliminal priming? i want to use it in my doctor project.
How does it work? I want to insert the pictures in the movie and to measure the physiologic reaction. I didn't find suchr kind of papers. may be somebody heard about similar studies...
thanks a lot
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
1:49 pm
Help with the psychodynamic perspective...
Hi All!

I'm new to LJ so please tell me if this is innapropriate. I'm a first-year graduate student in clinical psychology. We were handed some questions that I'm having difficulty because of having to explain them from a psychodynamic perspective. Could someone point me in the right direction with either some suggestions or websites that offer explanations from a Freudian view?? Here are the questions:
1. Write a male and a female perverse story line. Then discuss the differences.
2. Describe the min-body problem in psychopathology. Give examples in 3 different categories
3. Write a dialogue b/w a psychologist and a schizophrenic. Ananlyze this dialogue.
4. Similarites b/w ptsd and OCD - explain them and provide examples
5. What is the role of trauma in psychopathology and give several examples from at least 3 diagnostic categories.

-- Again ANY help would greatly be appreciated -- It's the class I'm having the most trouble in.
Friday, May 25th, 2007
3:26 pm

Hi all,

Theres a Petition on the Downing Street Website about improving access to Clinical psychlogists; its an important point and will also add pressure to increase numbers of training places. Please go here: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Psychologists/ to sign it if you live in the UK.



9:38 am
would greatly appreciate your help!

Hi everyone.

My name is Vanessa, and I am working with a colleague on a project about therapists. We are not taking a survey; rather, we are interested in creating a work of fiction about therapists, the nature of therapy and, on a broader context, human relationships and the power of storytelling.

I am trying to elicit answers to certain questions from a wide range of people working in mental health—this includes nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, or students who are training to work in any of these professions.

What we are looking for is simply inspiration for a novel, so any of your contributions would be completely anonymous and, in all likelihood, considerably altered if they are incorporated into our project.

I hope you don’t mind my posting this here, and thank you in advance for those of you who are willing to provide answers J We greatly appreciate ANYTHING you are willing to provide!

Thanks and be well,



The questions are as follows:

What kind of people become therapists? Is there a certain personality type (or types)?

How do therapists view themselves, in the broadest possible terms?

What are common pitfalls, syndromes, warnings issued by other therapists?

What are common cautionary tales about therapists’ involvements with patients?

Is burnout common? What are its symptoms?

How do therapists prevent themselves from becoming emotionally enmeshed with patients? Is this an inevitable part of therapy?

How does a typical session of talk therapy begin?

And finally, please provide what helping profession you work in (ie, counseling psychologist, nurse, social worker):

The location?

If you feel uncomfortable posting on this forum, please contact me; I would be happy to give you my email address.

Monday, April 9th, 2007
3:14 am
1) Sarah. My patients affectionately refer to me as Dr. Dyke, however.
2) Personality disorders, psychosis, MPD, GID (transsexual studies)...I wrote my dissertation on psycho-socialization of individuals with schizophrenia
3) I am presently a registered nurse working in psychiatry. I am also independently licensed as a psychotherapist. I just passed the oral exams in my PsyD program and will receive my degree in May!
4) Even though I know better, I tend to try to rationalize with delusional people. That is a Sisyphean endeavor...indeed!
Monday, March 26th, 2007
11:04 am
1) Name: Ali

2) Interests in psychology: Marriage/family relations, children/adolescents, also those with mental illnesses, specifically schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and their families. Also the staggering number of mentally ill that are imprisoned raises my concerns. Every time I say this, people look at me like I'm crazy, but I would like to work with the criminally insane.

3) Status: Undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology. Minor in criminology.

4) Other things on my mind: In strong agreement with Hope, I would also like to work against the stigma that mental illness carries with it. I'd like to educate people about schizophrenia, since the general public knows little to nothing about it, sometimes believing it to be synonymous with multiple personality disorder.
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
9:28 pm
1) Your name:

2) Your interests in psychology:
Psychotherapy. Sexology. Sex therapy. Freud. Jung. Choice Theory. Reality Therapy.

3) Aspiring psychologist, student, currently practicing or admirer?:
Currently an undergraduate, reading psychology and sociology
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
6:37 pm
Private Practice?
Does anyone here work in private practice?

If so...

1) Are you doing it solo or with a team?  Why did you decide to go solo/work with a team?
2) Did you have a difficult time making the transition?  Do you have any suggestions/advice for anyone who's considering of doing this (for example what about preparation, finances, paper work, etc. etc.)?
3) How many years did you work in the non-private sector before feeling "competent" enough to do private practice?
4) When did you feel that you were ready for private practice?  What experience lead you to this enlightenment?
5) In your opinion, what is the best/worst thing about running a private practice?
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
8:36 pm
1) Your name:

2) Your interests in psychology:
My main interest is in Clinical psychology. My main interests are suicide, cross-cultural psychology, gender identity, eating disorders, and drug abuse.

3) Aspiring psychologist, student, currently practicing or admirer?:
I am a student and aspiring psychologist.
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