Advice for Incoming College Students

New blog post at Psychology Today.

Excerpt:

If you avail yourself of all the phenomenal things that college has to offer, both in and out of the classroom, then you will suspend many of your long-held assumptions and open yourself up to new experiences and new points of view. You won’t let your fear—which always accompanies novelty and uncertainty—lock you into a narrow and unreflective worldview.

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Are There Viable Alternatives to the DSM-5?

Check out my latest Psychology Today blog post. Here’s an excerpt:

Despite oft-heard complaints about it, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) continues to be the primary diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. However, in the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about potential alternatives to the DSM-5. Below is a primer providing links to basic information about several alternatives for those interested in learning about them. Can any of these alternatives win something roughly akin to a diagnostic game of thrones? Let’s review some of the main competitors.

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