Public Education

The mission of the Minnesota Psychological Association includes serving the interests of the citizens of Minnesota.  This page is devoted particularly to those who are interested in various topics in psychology and mental health.  Here we will post articles written by psychologists who are members of MPA on topics of interest to you, including information about treatment options for depression and anxiety, how to find a psychologist who is a good fit for you, how to help your children deal with loss, and a whole host of timely and interesting information.  Check back often!

To get us started with this new initiative, we will direct you to some recent great information across the internet.

9 Panic Attack Myths We Need To Stop Believing

"Imagine that you're walking down the street, when out of the corner of your eye you spot a semi-truck barreling toward you at an astronomical speed. Your instincts kick in and your stress level goes into overdrive. You have to move as fast as you can to get out of the way. For the next few moments, you feel like your life is hanging in the balance.

Now imagine dealing with that feeling when you're casually shopping at the grocery store.

These intense episodes are an all-too-familiar reality for those who struggle with panic attacks and panic disorder -- a mental health issue that many people still don't understand..." Read more 

How men and women experience depression differently

"Depressive disorders are a complex and often confusing family of conditions. Sometimes lumped under the general term “depression,” these disorders can cause any combination of several symptoms. Because of this, depressive disorders manifest in a variety of ways, making them sometimes difficult to diagnose..."  Read more

To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?

"You’re feeling down, and your doctor or therapist has confirmed it:  You have depression.  Now what?

Until recently, many experts thought that your clinician could literally pick any antidepressant or type of psychotherapy at random because, with a few clinical exceptions, there was little evidence to favor one treatment over another for a given patient…we’ve learned a lot recently about individual factors that might predict a better response to one type of treatment over another..."  Read more

10 self-defeating thoughts that can wreck your workout

"Walking into a busy gym can be intimidating, especially if you’re a newbie. Struggling through a fast-paced exercise class or trying to make heads or tails out of the multitude of machines, pulleys and other seemingly torturous exercise devices can put the kibosh on morale and make it less likely you’ll continue working out. 

Before you become a fitness casualty of failed New Year's resolutions, take a deep breath and redirect these common, self-defeating thoughts..." Read more

How The Effects Of Trauma Can Be Passed Down From One Generation To The Next

"Experiencing trauma early in childhood can lead to mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood, but mild to moderate trauma could also have an unexpected upside for some survivors, making them better able to cope with stressful situations later in life.

Previous research has shown that the behavioral effects of trauma can be passed down to the next generation -- but this research had only demonstrated that this transmission takes place with trauma's negative effects, such as depression. Now a study on mice, recently published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that the adaptive benefits of trauma might also stay alive in families through the years..."   Read more