Karen Hoving, Ph.D. 


Journaling for PTSD

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

Journaling for Therapy

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

Little Known Wednesday – What is Coulrophobia?

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

Bipolar I

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

Depression with Chronic Illness

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

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