Literacy and Dementia: Think About It!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Language-Thought, Neuroscience.

Description: Here is a somewhat backhanded test of your current understanding of factors relating to rates of dementia in elder individuals. What would you predict about the comparable rates of depression among otherwise similar groups of literate and illiterate elderly individuals? If you think there will be a rate difference between these two groups what… Read more »

Self-Harm: Symptom or Treatable Issue?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What do you know about self-harm? I do not mean, do you engage in self-harm but, rather, what have you heard of it? Over a relatively short number of years (20 tops) there has been a marked increase in the rates of self-harm (cutting etc.) among young people and particularly among teenaged and young… Read more »

Just How ARE ACE’s Related to Mental Illnesses?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have likely heard about the data that is piling up regarding the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and beyond childhood incidences of mental and physical illness (if not there are a couple of links in the Reference section below that will provide you with an overview of that work). An obvious question to… Read more »

Mental Illness: Beyond the Biomedical Model

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Do we (Psychologists and Psychiatrists) know what caused mental illness? When I teach the Psychological Disorders and Treatments sections on my Introductory Psychology course, after talking about the drugs used in treating the symptoms of various mental disorders (like depression or schizophrenia) I will usually ask if people think that because there are drugs… Read more »

Is Video Gaming Addiction Real Addiction?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Persuasion, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: OK quick, answer this question: can someone become addicted to video gaming? Now, do you mean addicted as in the general use that suggests that many people like many different things a bit too much? Or do you mean addiction as in addicted to heroin or nicotine? And, is this distinction one we need… Read more »

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: The Links and 10 Simple Words

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Stress is related to depression somehow, right? But just how ARE they related? And How does anxiety play into this? Think about what you might know about how these things are related and not just correlationally (as in, more stressed people get depressed than do non-stressed people) but at the neurological level. Once you… Read more »

Trying to Understand the Links Between Historical Trauma and Health Outcomes: Indigenizing Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Psychological Disorders, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: In previous posts I have directed attention towards a couple of aspects of a perceived need for those interested in Psychology (well, everyone actually) to reflect up and act towards the indigenization of the discipline of, and the doing or, Psychology. Figuring out what this means and figuring out how to act in theory… Read more »

Drought, Australian Farmers, and Indigenous Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How might efforts to develop appropriate suicide prevention strategies for Australian aboriginal populations be of use in addressing burgeoning issues of stress and depression among mainstream Australian farmers trying to cope with ongoing drought conditions? The answer is also of relevance to issues I raised in my previous post regarding taking on the challenge… Read more »

Screen Time, Social Media, Depression and Development: LOTS of Research Needed

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Health Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: The media storm of concern over the ways in which screen time might be related to levels of depression and anxiety among teens and emerging adults has been heating up in recent months. As has been the case before with other global technological innovations (TV) good research on the questions being raised is hard… Read more »

They Must Be Crazy! Mental Illness and Gun Violence: Think Again

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Cultural Variation, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: It is frankly quite alarming how many times the opportunity to have this sort of conversation arises these days. Someone goes on a shooting rampage and we and the media try and figure out why. As a psychologist, I am most concerned that it is too easy for people to say some version of… Read more »