Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Interesting Reading

I found this website which has several free, online postings of articles related to current issues about psychology. I've read or skimmed most of them, and they're all pretty well-written and deal with very relevant issues in the field today.

One article, "Media and Madness" discusses media's effects on mental health, whether through portrayals of mentally ill people, which studies are actually published and released to the public (I'll give you a hint - the ones that turn out well for the drug companies that funded them!), or even perpetuating the illusory correlation between mental illness and violence.

Another article, "Follow the Money," talks about insurance's effects on services and our society today. This topic is really relevant to my situation, because we are learning some tests and types of therapy in school that our professors basically tell us, "This is really good but you probably won't get to use it much since insurance doesn't cover it." Hopefully, these types of things will get changed in the near future, but for right now, it's a very problematic and controversial issue.

Other articles talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for Iraq war veterans, the stigma of mental illness, funding issues, and technology.

Check it out! You just might learn something new. :-)

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