Today, I wanted to extend upon my last blog (Feb. 28, 2011) where I wrote about the use of surveys as a means for quantifying spousal violence. The blog discussed how surveys and questionnaires do not always paint the most accurate picture of what happens when opposite-sex couples use violence in their relationships. Some studies, for example, will portray women as being equally abusive as men. Typically, these are l
In May of 2012, Statistics Canada released their General Social Survey on spousal violence in Canada for 2010. The researchers used data from police-reported data in 2010. As you read these statistics, it’s important to keep in mind that they represent data obtained by police. Many victims of domestic violence, though, do not always report their experiences to police. Male and Female Victims: Reasons for Simila
Since February is mental health month, today’s entry to discuss one of the most common mental health illnesses: Anxiety. Types of Anxiety According to the Diagnostic Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth edition) there are approximately seven different types of anxiety disorders (visit www.dsm5.org for proposed changes). These are: (a) Panic Disorder (with or without agoraphobia). Agoraphobia is a fear of plac
There are many ways to heal from psychological and emotional problems. One of these ways is to focus on our connection with a Higher Power – however we define it. Today’s blog will discuss the role of spirituality in helping people heal from addictions. “Spirituality” is the final component of the integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual model that I’ve been talking about over these last few po
Today’s blog will move away from theories of addiction. Instead, today’s entry will discuss the topic of spousal abuse. Specifically, I will discuss the factors leading some women to either return, or remain, in an abusive relationship. The final component of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model for understanding addictions will be discussed in an upcoming entry. Cycle of Violence Dr. Lenore Walker first
Before moving on, I wanted to quickly review the content from previous blogs. I’ve been discussing the different elements of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model used for understanding and treating addictions. The bio portion of the word refers to the physiological or biological factors involved in the development of an addiction. This is also known as the Disease or Medical Model. The psycho portion of
I had planned on writing about the Social Model of addictions – how our socialization and learning contributes to the development of addictions. However, just this past week our newspapers here in Canada announced that Brian Mulroney (a former Canadian Prime Minister) had developed Type-2 diabetes. In reading about this story, I immediately began to think about how the onset of Type-2 diabetes exemplifies the d
In my last blog, I talked about the “Biological” or disease model for understanding how addictions develop. In today’s blog, I want to discuss the “Psychological” model for understanding the development and maintenance of addictions. In discussing this, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many psychological theories for explaining human behaviour. I’ll probably end
In my last blog, I touched upon the topic of addictions. My goal over the next few blog entries will be to describe some of the different theories used for understanding how addictions develop in the first place. The word that I believe best captures these multiple theories is known as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. It represents an integrative approach to both understanding and treating addiction. In toda
I didn’t think I would need to set a goal for myself with regards to blogging more often. I thought I would find the motivation just seeping out of my mind and heart. Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my last blog and nothing’s been really seeping out except for a strong desire to eat chocolate and sleep (ah, Christmas). So, I’m giving WordPress’ “Postaweek2011” a shot.
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