Mental Health Archives - Ben Michaelis, PhD

Borderline Personality Disorder in a Minute

“People who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder tend to have unstable emotions, relationships, and sense of self. They can have difficulties at work or in personal relationships due to impulsivity. In today’s One Minute Diagnosis video, I will talk about the clues clinicians use to recognize Borderline Personality Disorder. Thanks for watching!”– Dr. Ben Michaelis

Antisocial Personality Disorder in a Minute

“People who suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder can get into trouble with the law. They tend to lie, cheat, deceive and manipulate people. They don’t pay their debts and behave recklessly and impulsively. In today’s One Minute Diagnosis video, I will talk about the clues clinicians use to recognize Antisocial Personality Disorder.” – Dr. Ben […]

“Why every relationship could benefit from couple’s therapy” – The List

When we picture couple’s therapy, we often think of a married couple’s relationship in which one person has discovered the other is cheating, or in which one person is just no longer feeling the spark anymore. Generally, couple’s therapy has been shown to lead to significant improvements in relationship matters, but these studies are traditionally […]

One Minute Diagnosis Videos coming soon.

“I created One Minute Diagnosis to empower people to make informed choices about mental health care for themselves and the people they love.  Mental illness has existed behind the scenes for far too long.  In order to eliminate the stigmas associated with psychological conditions we must provide better information to those who need it most […]

The ADHD President

We are living in an era of presidential firsts: George W. Bush was the first MBA president, Barack Obama was the first Black president, and now with Donald Trump we likely have the first ADHD president. I do not make, or take, a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lightly, nor, for the record, […]

“Here’s what mental health experts think of President Trump’s behavior” – The Week

There it was again: During his first week in office, even as he unveiled policies affecting momentous issues from women’s health and war refugees to oil pipelines and immigration, President Trump seemed fixated on … less portentous topics. He tweeted his scorn for the anti-Trump women’s marches in cities around the world the day after […]

“How to Really Reset After a Truly Awful Year” – Shape

Don’t let 2016’s baggage drag down you in 2017. 2016 was kind of the worst—just look at any Internet meme. At the base, most of us likely had to endure some kind of emotional pandemonium—a breakup, job loss, personal bereavement, maybe even a health scare. (Pretty unavoidable in any year.) Add to that the scarily […]

“Can Pokémon Go Really Improve Your Mental Health?” – Health Magazine

Ben Michaelis, PhD, an evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing ($10;, isn’t surprised by these reports. In fact, he’s already seen Pokémon Go help one of his own clients. “I think it’s a genuinely positive development,” he says. Michaelis believes apps like this one are most likely to help people with mild to moderate cases of anxiety, depression, and […]