Thoughts from the Psychology Couch

The Unconscious... it's where we live.

Dr. Julie Armstrong

Dr. Julie Armstrong
Los Angeles area, California, United States
August 25
Forensic & Clinical Psychologist
Julie Armstrong Psy.D. QME
I am a Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist. It is my job to analyze the cause and nature of an individual's behavior, symptoms or distress. I enjoy the analysis of interconnecting phenomena, behavior and psychology, society and psyche, popular culture and the mind. We all live in the unconscious...


So after she was found guilty, Jodi Arias was reported as suicidal. They situation worsened, resulting in her psychiatric hospitalization yesterday:

Is this consistent with or out of character?

In the trial it was determined that Jodi has Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD. This is a rather painfu… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2013 3:30PM

My Bad!

There is so much good news to be writing about!

My bad, and apologies for not writing since the Casey Anthony trial. 

But now we have Jodi Arias... and I have a question for you...

What interests you more... Jodi Arias or  a comparison between Jodi and Casey Lee Anthony?

 … Read full post »

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JULY 1, 2011 5:38PM

This Family's got Issues: The Anthony Family

The entire story of this famly has unfolded before the court and the world as the trial of Casey Anthony continues. It's true that we all have issues... but for this family the issues took over and inflated in a way that none of us can imagine.  It is hard to… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2011 7:25PM

Magical Thinking and Casey Anthony

Today, in the Casey Anthony trial, the defense put forth a witness who is an expert on grief. She was brought in at the last minute, contacted in June after the trial started. She raised some interesting observations about grief and how it affects people.

 The expert suggested that an individual… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2011 10:44AM

Casey Anthony Trial pt. IV Breakdown

As the details are described in court with obsessive and detailed precision, Casey Anthony is no longer stoic; she has begun to cry, and feel sick. Casey has begun to break down as she can no longer avoid the truth. Her defenses are breaking down as the holes in her story… Read full post »

Today in the Casey Anthony trial we heard testimony about Zanny the Nanny from Casey’s brother Lee. Lee told the Court that he was told that Zanny was going to “teach her a lesson,” because “she was not a fit mother.” We were also told that Zanny had Casey’s passwo… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2011 11:21AM

Casey Anthony, pt. II

My goal with these posts is to bring to light some of the more  unconscious elements of the tragic story of Casey Anthony and her daughter Caylee~

The last couple of days we have been watching the jail conversations between Casey and her family members. There is much support offered, partly… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2011 3:46PM

The Casey Anthony Trial

Like most of America, I am following the Casey Anthony trial in Orange County Florida. (A great thanks to Judge Belvin Perry,  for the live coverage.)

This trial in particular brings to mind the story of Jon Benet Ramsey.  The murder of Jon Benet occurred at the begin… Read full post »


In yesterday's Sunday New York Times was an article about the demise of the "talkng cure" among psychiatrists. The original article is about the shift in psychiatry from listening to patients and prescribing medications. The article features a physician, Dr. Levin, who has abandoned the art of… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2011 1:47PM

Do the math... Tuscon's Equation

When people learn I am a psychologist, they often ask me about current events. Today on the golf course one of the group asked me about Jared Loughner. “I bet he'd keep you busy,” she said.

Actually no.

The case of Jared Loughner is a fairly easy case. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2009 10:34PM

Tiger Woods... Why do we Care?

One of the many questions that comes up about TW's recent disclosures, is... Why do we care?

Great question! Our culture is obsessed with celebrity. National Enquirer, NY Post, US, People you name the mag, every one of them is making money.It really doesn't matter who it is, each celebrity has a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2009 10:36PM

SCOTUS lower than dogs...

Today the Supreme court considers whether dog fight videos represents a form of free speech. Shame on the Court, shame that this is even an argument.

When the country was founded, the issue of free speech was intended to permit freedom of thought and ideas, so that the peasant could disagree… Read full post »

A reading of recent posts reveals a number of writers questioning how in the world anyone could be resistant to health care for all. What has happened in America, that health care is vociferously debated as a right versus privilege issue?

The answer is simple, because it is a reflection of… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2009 1:50AM

I am Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie~ Spot on.


I am Nurse Jackie, California Hospital School of Nursing 1983


When I settled in to watch Nurse Jackie, I was expecting another mediocre medical show... I grew up on Marcus Welby (Oh to be Consuela!) and Emergency!( Get ‘em Dixie McCall!) and even JuliaRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2009 5:59PM


Julie Armstrong Psy.D. RNCS has been licensed as a Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the inpatient and outpatient mental health filed since 1983. After close to 25 years treating patients, Dr. Armstrong has begun to focus on evaluation and analysis exclusively. She has written anRead full post »