Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can occur after many different types of upsetting experiences. Some are chronic (happen day in day out for a lengthy period of time) other experiences are acute – violent or terribly upsetting but happen for a relatively brief time but can be equally as upsetting( such as a rape,assault, car… Continue Reading
IN THE BEGINNING… Twenty Years Ago, while I was mid way through my Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, an inflammatory auto immune disorder that affects the organs, skin, joints, and other parts of the body. Nineteen years ago I was diagnosed with “Rhupus” or what was known as the… Continue Reading
When a new patient arrives in my office by the end of that first session they get a gift. A journal. Now, I wish I could tell you that I gave them a fancy,leather-bound , gold-gilded edge fancy journal that cost almost as much as the session to see me. But alas, I start them with… Continue Reading
In the theme of Throw Back Thursday, I thought I’d try Little Known Wednesday and let’s start looking at some more interesting psychological disorders. Our first is…Coulrophobia….OK now no copy, past, and running off to google! Obviously, breaking down the word, we are looking at a phobia. Could it be fear of colors (or colours if we… Continue Reading
Recently there has been a lot of discussion of Bipolar Disorder since the recent ABC show The Black Box, about a neurosurgeon that struggles with having Bipolar Disorder. Discussions about Bipolar Disorder tend to flare when a famous individual get ‘s diagnosed, or comes out of the closet, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones who was diagnosed… Continue Reading
What happens when you or your partner struggle with some form mental illness? Looking at the statistics for just Depression each year approximately 20.9 million adults will be diagnosed with the “black dog.” That is 9.5% of all adults in the US will have a mood disorder. The median age that adults develop depression is… Continue Reading
When I was a child, the week before Mother’s Day was filled with excitement and art products in school. Every year new ways to express the hundred ways your mom was was the greatest mom. Then one year, I remember that a friend of mine lost both of her parents over the summer. By the… Continue Reading
A manic episode is defined as a distinct period during which you experience a persistently elivated or irritable mood for at least a week, present most of the day, nearly every day. In addition, individuals will experience at least 3 or 4 other symptoms: 1.Changes in Sleep patterns: ie: the individual can’t sleep. They feel… Continue Reading
May is Lupus Awareness Month. Many people are unaware of what Systemic Lupus is, but those of us that struggle with it know that it is an inflammatory disease that occurs when your immune system attacks various body systems including your kidneys, joints, skin, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus is a tricky Chronic Illness… Continue Reading
It is very common for many of us to have a blue day now and then. These minor sad feelings usually pass within a few days, and you are back to your happy self. However, when someone has what is called Major Depressive Disorder, they experience a depressed mood that lasts longer than 2… Continue Reading