Monday Miscellany: APA, Anxiety, Animal Parties

1. I complained about psychology having TWO organizations called APA: the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Nope. Shea pointed out the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychopathological Association.

2. Scott reviews treatments for anxiety. He offers one CBT for anxiety workbook, but I’ll also suggest When Panic Attacks, Mastery of Anxiety and Panic, and When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, all three of which I have either personal or near-personal experience with and have gotten positive reviews from friends and acquaintances.

3. Firsthand accounts of selective mutism.

4. Kind of weirded out by the ‘hunh, would you look at that’ tone of this article about the intense level of sexual harassment that kilt-wearing waiters were getting.

5. Clothing designed to accommodate motor impairments and texture sensitivity.

6. Saving premature children via a circus sideshow.

7. I was researching the night before my trip to Amsterdam last week and discovered the Party For the Animals which, unfortunately, is not as fun as it sounds. However! It is the only political party for animal rights with seats in a national government.

8. We could regrow livers.

Stuff I Read This Week

(I made one international flight, so the numbers here are a little ridiculous)

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
Oh, my god.

At the Water’s Edge: A Novel, Sara Gruen
I actually finished this book because it was so jarring. So little plot development in a fun way? I couldn’t remember why I put it on hold, and was starting to think that it was a lesbian romance (the main character was becoming less interested in her husband, and the only developed character was a maid). Then BANG, sudden male love interest and also love that apparently had been blossoming! Then BANG! Death! Revival! Loch Ness monsters! Ghosts! Rollercoaster from start to surprise lordship.

The Night Watch, Sara Waters
Bittersweet tales of queer women.

My Story, Elizabeth Smart

Lost Girls: The Cleveland Abductions, John Glatt
(apparently I was on a kidnapping kick)

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