Greetings! Welcome to the website and the Clinically Relevant Blog. The goal of the Clinically Relevant Blog is to provide psychologically-relevant information that is research-based and helpful for everyday lives. This blog is the product of lessons I have learned in the classroom and clinical experiences I have had working with a variety of clients.
The first collection of 10 posts is going center around understanding the ways in which our physical and mental health are connected. For many years, our bodies and mind have been seen as separate entities, something called mind-body dualism which started all the way back with René Descartes in the 17th Century. Contrary to prior beliefs, modern research shows us that our mind and physical selves are inextricably connected.
We now know that our perception of the world around us is due to neurons firing in the brain. Neurotransmitters, or chemicals also in our brain, influence our mood, our behavior, and how we learn. Damage to areas of the brain can change our personality. Understanding the physical realities of our lives does not make our experiences any less magical; it is fascinating to learn about the ways that we are connected to our bodies.
When understanding our everyday experiences, there still exists a (mostly artificial) separation of physical and mental health. It is the aim for the first 10 posts to break down some ways in which we can physically change our mental states and mentally change our physical states.
I hope you enjoy the Clinically Relevant Blog and its related posts as much as I do. I expect to post approximately every two weeks, I apologize if that seems slow but I want to give each post careful thought after reading through the relevant research. Please leave feedback, positive or negative, to let me know how I am doing. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read. Let us learn together on this journey!