This is Psych Connection! As you may see, I’ve created an About page to give you some background info on me and this site.
I’m excited to start this site and all there is to offer. There is going to be a lot of great content – from news articles to inspiring (and possibly cheesy) quotes to scientific journal articles (made simple and relevant, of course). All of this is meant to connect you to what is going on in the field of psychology today.
I’ve noticed a stigma attached with psychology that is primarily based in a really old-school idea of what psychology is. Most still think you sit on a therapist’s couch for 6 years and hammer out all your issues from birth to present day. Although it’s true that some types of psychologists still practice some of that philosophy, and you can certainly partake in that if you please (and more importantly, if that works for you), but it’s not necessarily the norm and is actually more of an antiquated mentality. Also, there is all this great research coming out that further our understanding of mental illness along with brand new therapeutic interventions, but the general public doesn’t have access. And even if they did, it can often be difficult to understand the articles (even for doctors).
What I’m here to offer is what psychological science, therapy, and research looks like today (in practical and applicable ways). How do all of these merge into one field? Answering this question is what I love about the field. I’m not going to be talking with a bunch of psychological jargon, but from a real-world perspective of what it means because that’s what it’s about at the end of the day. All this research and work is to ultimately get into the hands of those who need it most! This is especially true given the current state of the world and all the talk of mental health in the media.
Lastly, as you can tell I’m a big supporter of getting people to understand mental illness in a new way and to reduce stigma. Thankfully, as a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) National Advocacy and Public Education Committee as well as the RSA Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee, I have been given the opportunity to do so. I will use this platform to reduce the stigma on alcoholism and raise awareness as to the effects and reality of what alcohol use has both biologically and environmentally.
So thank you for coming, bookmarking (ahem!), and subscribing to this site! I hope to make it worthwhile. I welcome comments and hope to make this a discussion more than a lecture. Please involve yourself in the site and follow us at @PsychConnection and Like us on Facebook! Let us know what you want to hear about!