Think About Psychological Contagion

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Human Development, Social Perception, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders, Stress.

Description: For this blog entry I would like to suggest that you do things in a very specific order. First, click on each of the news coverage links below and read what each of them has to say about a news event that occurred in Calgary in early November, 2015. After you’ve looked at the… Read more »

Are Selfies Psychologically Diagnostic?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Eating Disorders, mental illness, Personality, Social Influence, The Self.

Description: While you may have an opinion about possible differences between people who do and people who do not regularly take and post “selfies” online what do you think about the possibility that self these can be used as data to tell us about the people who take them? Source: Lecia Bushak, Selfies can reveal… Read more »

Depression, Symptom Pattern Complexity and Diagnosis

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Psychological Disorders.

Description: When clinical psychologists and psychiatrists diagnose depression they do so with reference to a list of diagnostic criteria (essentially a list of symptoms) contained within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition. This article describes a research study that examined the pattern of symptoms presented by nearly 3500 depressed patients to see if in… Read more »

Move to Ban the Practice of Conversion Therapy with LGBTQ Youth

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Sexual Disorders Gender Dysphoria, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: What was considered a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association until 1973? Would you be surprised to hear that it was homosexuality? Despite this, there is still some strong sentiment out there that what LGBTQ youth require is not understanding support or affirmation but therapy to convert them… Read more »

Anorexia, Gut Bacteria and the Gut-Brain Axis

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Eating Disorders, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: It turns out that individuals struggling with anorexia seem to have a narrower array of microbes in their gut than do people without the disorder. What might this observed relationship suggest? Source: Today Health and Wellness Date: October 6, 2015 Links: Article Link – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151005121310.htm The Study: http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26428446 In this study a small group… Read more »

Hearing Voices

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Besides being musicians, what do Brian Wilson, Peter Townsend, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Hudson have in common? Well, they have found inspiration in music and voices only they can hear. Source: Globe and Mail: How hearing voices, long assumed a sign of mental illness, can be a part of the human experience. Date: July… Read more »

Cat Ownership and Schizophrenia: Not Straightforward

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Uncategorized.

Description: So what is the first thing that pops to mind when you think of “cat people”? Crazy? Weeellll it’s a bit more complicated. Read this discussion by Andre Picard of an article suggesting that childhood cat ownership increases the chances that one will show symptoms of schizophrenia in adulthood. Source: Andre Picard Column Globe… Read more »

OPA comments on Globe and Mail Open Minds series on Canada’s Current Mental Health Treatment Picture

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: So how do psychologists feel about the issues raised in the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series on the state of mental health treatment in Canada? Read this Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Facebook page post to see their specific response to an Op Ed (opinion/editorial) column by Andre Picard a Globe and Mail health… Read more »

The State of Canada’s Mental Health Treatment System: Broken? Fixable?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: The Globe and Mail has produced a series of articles on the current state of mental health treatment in Canada. It does not so much focus on the quality of the treatment options available (they are pretty good) but rather on the general availability (or lack thereof) of such services. You can think of… Read more »

Are CBT effects on Physical Issues Really a Surprise?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Managing Pain, Pain-General, Psychological Intervention, Social Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: We may assume that physical symptoms need to be treated with medication but we also know that disorders like depression are very treatable with forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The conditions discussed in this article all show signs of positive change when treated with one or another form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of course… Read more »