The featured blog is Dr Deb which started in July 2005. Dr Deb is a psychologist. The blog articles are broadly divided into those for a general audience and then some articles complete with references that are aimed at a specialist audience. The general articles cover a number of areas including visual illusions (some of the articles are here). Dr Debbs writes a number of articles with tips including amongst others having a good holiday, developing resilience, and achieving versus relaxing. There are a number of articles introducing subjects such as chromotherapy, art therapy and the branches of psychology. There is also a reference to the nocebo effect which is the opposite of the placebo effect and refers to ill health.
Amongst the more specialist articles is one on the health benefits of blogging, where 50% of bloggers see blogging as a therapeutic activity and 48.7% see it as therapeutic. Here is an article about self-harm that suggests that certain papers may be influential in the formation of diagnostic categories in DSM-V and there is also an interesting comment on the influence of ‘media contagion’. Dr Debbs also crosses over into the neurosciences with an article on 5HTTLPR and the Putamen. The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual is discussed here. The blog has articles covering a lot of areas both general and specific which should suit a wide audience.
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