A Brief Overview Of Today’s Psychologist

Although many people is the Western world have heard the term “psychologist” not all individuals are easily able to distinguish between this field and that of psychiatry. A psychologist tends to be focused more on counseling, while a psychiatrist is a specialist within the field of medicine. A career in the later profession enables one to prescribe medications and do other medical procedures.

Psychology is a field that contains many sub-specialties. There are clinical psychologists who meet with and counsel patents. Clinical work may assist clients in dealing with some behavioral issues or mental disorders including phobias and compulsive activities. Talking is the keynote of this type of therapy. Counseling may occur in either group settings or on a one-to-one basis.

Psychologists may be employed in the business world to assist in employee relations, advertising effectiveness, or personnel issues. This aspect of the field can occur as part of the recruitment or employee training practices of a business.

In today’s society, much use is made of the term “profiling”. This is an effective part of the work that law enforcement agencies do, when working to solve cases of criminal activity. When the crime is known and the crime scene is identified, criminal profilers are often able to tell a great dealer about the person who committed the crime. The negative connotation offered by profiling is that certain characteristics are associated with people of a specific race, color, religious, or sexual persuasion.

Another category of these students of human behavior is that of academic psychology. As might be expected from the term, these psychologists devote their work to the study of behavior in humans. There might be experiments developed. The purpose of this type of study is to determine what constitutes normal behavior. Understanding normal helps to define what falls outside the range of normal.

Some professionals prefer to teach others about the field, rather than practicing the techniques personally. As each generation of professionals passes on knowledge to students, more and more is known and understood about how the human brain operates. This enables future practitioners to perform more effectively in helping individuals relate to their surroundings and other humans.

The American Psychological Association is the professional body that oversees the people who are involved with the field. The APA has more divisions in addition to the ones previously described, in fact more than 50 of them. For the average person, it is enough to know about clinical and academic psychologists.

While both types of specialists work with people, clinicians work directly with those who suffer from some type of mental or behavioral problem. Individuals or groups can benefit from the help of these professionals. Identifying likely behavior from a group with certain defined characteristics is part of the duties of a clinician.

Those professionals who are involved with academic pursuits can study the mind in more depth. They might also choose to educate the next generation of practitioners. During the training years, the psychologist may provide mentoring and reviewing of practices.


Anxiety & Children, Social Networking & Anxiety, Who Suffers from Panic Attacks? – May 2012

May 2012 Industry News

Anxiety and Children

Children are often the symbol of happy-go-lucky times and a carefree attitude. After all, children don’t have much to worry about, or in the extreme case be anxious about; right?

Actually children can suffer from various degrees of anxiety from the more normal (not wanting to take a test) to the more extreme. During National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12) many anxiety professionals are addressing parents’ concerns about the anxiety their child may be facing.

According to Jerome Bubrick, PhD the important factor of anxiety and how it affects children is determining the different types of anxiety disorders, and how they differ from an ordinary level of anxiety. He goes on to say that it is estimated 8-10% of American children suffer from an anxiety disorder in a year. So it is important for a parent or guardian to be able to identify anxiety disorder indicators in their child, so that they may be addressed by a professional.

Teachers, and other adults that students interact with while at school, can be a big help in identifying anxiety symptoms in children. In an article written by Jessica Minahan, while anxiety affects one in eight children it often is a hidden disability and goes undiagnosed. It is important for teachers and parents to recognize behavioral signs, such as:

  • Inflexibility
  • Over-reactivity or “out of the blue” reactions
  • Emotional intensity
  • Impulsivity
  • Avoidance
  • Physical symptoms – sweating, shaking, or blushing

We all want our children to experience a joyful childhood, but unfortunately some children do suffer with anxiety disorders. Thankfully there are experts out there that can help your child and you with anxiety.

Does Online Social Networking Have Any Effect on Social Anxiety?

In today’s modern world we clearly have a dependency on social networking platforms and their uses as a form of social connection with the outside world. And since they are playing such a big role in some social interactions, it makes you wonder ‘How does social networking effect social anxiety?”

According to some, the reliance on this online form of social interaction is actually making individuals develop social anxieties, and worse, making those who already experience this anxiety disorder have a harder time dealing with interacting with people face-to-face. Some companies have even started the development of “gadgets” that help people deal with this social networking developed anxiety.

On the flip side you have those that claim social networking actually allows those with anxiety to connect with people they wouldn’t have otherwise, because they are safely at home using a computer. There are even some social networks created just for those suffering from social anxiousness.

Whether you believe online social networks are creating anxiety or helping it, social networks are here to stay (for the most part). Learning how to tackle your own social anxiety is the key to having healthy interactions with others in various social situations.

Who Suffers From Anxiety or Panic Attacks?

With major stories, like Giant’s player Aubrey Huff experiencing an 8 hour panic attack, hitting national news it really does make you wonder ‘Who exactly suffers from anxiety?’

Really anyone could be suffering from an anxiety disorder; even that bright professional you speak with every day. According to the National Institute of Mental Health 18.1% of US adults suffer from an anxiety disorder within a 12 month period. To put it in perspective you have to realize that anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental disorders an American can experience.

Those suffering from anxiety don’t always fit into the mold of a high-stress lifestyle or the socially awkward individuals. Even those who seemingly have worry-free (or party-hardy) lives can suffer from panic induced attacks. Take Jersey Shore star Vinny for example. He recently wrote a book “Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool”, which is all about his own experiences with dealing with anxiety.

It is just important to remember that anyone can suffer from a debilitating anxiety disorder, even the most unlikely. If your or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, it is important to try to understand the issue and find a way to handle it that works for you.