A mental illness is a disability, recognized as such in legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Indeed, most western jurisdictions have robust laws demanding that colleges must respond to requests for ‘reasonable accommodations’ from students with disabilities. Professors must be aware of these legal obligations and follow the letter of the law. … [Read more...] about Five Ways Professors Can Help Students With Mental Illness
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Many people believe we overpathologize everyday feelings and habits: A guy stubs the same toe a few times and suddenly doctors claim he has a disorder that causes him to continue to hurt the same body part repeatedly. For those who get upset over this, you can calm down (Kathie Lee and Hoda, I’m talking to you). The discovery that I have a "Pavlovian conditional physical reflex problem" reminds me of how I felt when I learned that I suffered from alcoholism—an immense relief, not only because by then I was in the midst of a solution, but also because it took the onus off of me: I wasn’t actually a crazy, out-of-control, life-destroying person. … [Read more...] about The Real Reason Those Annoying Noises Drive You Mad
As I caught my breath, I looked down at my left hand. The hand was not only bright red, it was in burning pain. The palm of my hand felt like I had indeed dragged it across the ground, as if it were embedded with small pieces of rock and debris. I recognized this feeling of “road rash” because I had done this in the past. … [Read more...] about New Clues That Help Explain Chronic Pain
Kayla, Lana’s mother has her own history with using food as a source of comfort. Kayla is particularly attuned to the risks of low self-esteem due to body image. On the one hand, she’s being told that talking to kids about their weight can do untold harm. On the other hand, she’s being told that her daughter’s weight is an actual problem. After years of struggling with her weight and body image, Kayla has finally found a healthy place. She doesn't want to lead her daughter down the disastrous path she followed, but she also can't ignore her daughter's health. … [Read more...] about The Growing Problem of Child Obesity: What We All Get Wrong
Similarly, an offender might experience more shame than guilt. While shame and guilt share many features, guilt is much more focused on one truly feeling badly about what he or she has done. Shame focuses more on one’s concern about being seen in a negative light by others. A shameful response would be more like, “I do feel bad. But I feel bad because I got caught and because everyone knows what I did. I don’t feel guilty about the transgression, however.” … [Read more...] about Et tu, Brute?