Memory and Trauma Recovery

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Memory, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Past traumatic events can contribute to a range of challenges and difficulties in later life. People’s memories for those particular events may be hazy or even nonexistent. The question that arises is whether past traumatic memories have to be remembered in detail in order to be dealt with effectively in later years whether such… Read more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Talk versus Light Therapy?

Posted by & filed under Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: As we head into winter and the amount of natural light available to us diminishes some of us will start to experience the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). You may have heard about light therapy as a treatment for this disorder but how do you think the effects of light therapy compare to… Read more »

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 »

Moving in Childhood and Later Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Research Methods, Research Methods in ChD.

Description: Perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that moving a lot during childhood might be associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Before we move too quickly to advising parents and adding to public mental health policy with having a close look at the methodology of the study. Source: Moving during childhood links to poor mental health,… 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 »

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 »

Face-to-Face Interaction and Levels of Depression

Posted by & filed under Aging Psychological Disorders, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Successful Aging.

Description: Are all social contacts more or less equal in terms of what they do for us? The study described in this article looked at the relationships between the frequency of several types of social contact and symptoms of depression among people over 50 years of age. What do YOU think they found? Source: Today… Read more »

Cell Phones and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT To Go

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: Can communication mediums such as text messaging be used to increase the effectiveness of treatments for disorders like depression? This article and other sources linked below describes studies that suggest that this may be true. Source: The ShrinkRap: Can your I-Phone prevent a relapse of depression? Date: April 28, 2015 Photo Credit: iSTock Photo:… Read more »

Voodoo Science: Indigenous Knowledge and Medical and Psychiatric Treatments

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in CP, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: We generally assume that all new treatments for medical and psychiatric conditions come from western scientific labs or University based researchers, but is this actually the case? … not entirely. Sources: Ozy Daily Brief: Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou Date: April 5, 2015 Photo Source: Carlos Cazalis/Corbis http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/dr-prozac-meet-dr-vodou/36628 Links:    Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou:… Read more »

Smartphone Addiction? Potential Disorders have Proliferated like Rabbits

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Substance-Related Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: Saying someone is “addicted” to something is quite a common statement. People are said to be addicted to work, to sex, or to their smart phones or to the Internet. Are these sorts of “addictions” real? These articles have a look at this question. Sources: http://www.her.ie/life/are-you-addicted-to-your-smartphone-here-are-the-signs/222052 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719452/ Date: Released March 6, 2015 Photo Source:… Read more »