Boredom in the Time of COVID-19, Part II

Mostly theoretical. By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. Part II – Two Models of How Boredom Can Develop Note: Unlike other sciences, it’s nearly impossible for psychology to come to concrete answers about how the mind works. Many subfields – namely cognitive psychology – give us great theories about the inner workings of the mind, but they are just that: theories. We …

Boredom in the Time of COVID-19, Part I

Mostly practical. By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of thousands, while disrupting the daily lives of billions. In the United States, many are participating in widespread quarantine measures to help stem the spread of the virus. In addition to affecting many parts of our country, these measures are having profound effects Americans’ mental health. …

10 Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy During the Coronavirus

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. The world is grappling with an enormous pandemic that is unprecedented in our lifetimes. The coronavirus is causing the disruption of the world economy, the health care systems on many countries, and the lives of millions – if not billions – of people. Considering the extent of this pandemic, and how unfamiliar we all are in …

Good Grief: Depression, Mental Health, And Why It’s Time to Rethink Grieving

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. We don’t like the idea of grief. Just the words—grief, grieving—can make us feel uncomfortable. We associate grief with mortal loss, which is one of the reasons it makes us feel so uncomfortable. You hear that someone is grieving, and you are flooded with these emotions related to loved-ones you’ve lost, and the first reaction is …

Behind the Orange Curtain: Depression & Anxiety in Paradise

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. Even if you’ve never been to Orange County, you probably have some assumptions about what the area is like. Newport Beach and Laguna Beach conjure up images of lavish coastal lifestyles. The noteworthy school systems and low crime-rates make Irvine a prime area for starting and growing a family. Mission San Juan Capistrano, and its fabled …

The Secret About Anxiety

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. For many years, psychologists have understood that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. In fact, the Nation Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that up to 60% of individuals who report having depression also report having some symptoms of anxiety. Many health care professionals are finding that it’s more common to see patients who report having …

I’m not trying to fix you, I’m trying to find you

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. There is a pervasive misconception in our culture about therapy, and the people who attend it. Many have erroneously developed a bias that there’s “something wrong” with the people who come to therapy, and that psychologists spend their time fixing these people. But both of those ideas are false. There is nothing wrong with people who …

The Results Are In: Social Media Is Bad For Your Mental Health

Research says that regularly using social media has a negative effect on your mental health. Read on to find out why.* People love social media. And people love talking about social media. It seems like we can’t go a week without some new article (like this one!) or news piece about the role social media plays in our lives. It’s …

Pain Only Hurts – Psychological pain such as depression

Psychological pain can be terrible and unbearable. But there’s a secret about pain that you should know about. The title for this article comes from ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek. In case you aren’t familiar with ultramarathon running, it is a niche sport comprised of running races that are at lengths longer than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Some …

Depression and Suicide: The U.S. Has a Suicide Problem

Over the last twenty years, suicide rates have been steadily increasing across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 1999 suicide rates have increased for males and females, all ethnicities, all age groups, and have gone up in all major urban areas. Here are some important statistics regarding suicide: Suicide has moved up to …