Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Depression, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you had a psychology course containing a section looking at the identification and treatment of depression then you are probably holding some version of the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression was a relatively straightforward and consistent matter. With that belief in mind read the article linked below and see if… Read more »

Diagnosing at a Distance: What About Donald?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Here is a question: Is Donald Trump crazy? Before you answer the question think about it a little bit. Is this an appropriate question to ask? More pointedly, what should psychologists or psychiatrists think about from an ethical point of view before engaging in any sort of efforts to diagnose public figures like Donald… Read more »

Autism Diagnosis and Culture: Context or Difference?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Uncategorized.

Description: I’m not sure what your impression is, but if you’ve had some class discussion or have done some reading in relation to the process of diagnosing autism and young children then think for a minute about how such a diagnosis proceeds. What would you think of the suggestion that some of the core diagnostic… Read more »

Video Game Addiction: Internet Gaming Addiction and the DSM-V

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, The Self.

Description: Have you heard anybody say that they think they might be addicted to video games? Have you wondered that about yourself? At least you certainly heard some mention in the media of the possibility of young people becoming addicted to video games. The question of whether video games ought to be included in the… Read more »

ADHD Incidence Jump: Think Like an Epidemiologist

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Description: Think about this logically. If the incidence of a diagnostic category within the DSM in the general population shows a big jump what sorts of explanations might we begin to look for to account for it? Well, in the United States, and in Canada as well, the rate of ADHD within the child population… Read more »

Depression, Symptom Pattern Complexity and Diagnosis

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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 »

Oliver Sacks: Farewell Oliver, You Will Be Missed

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Description: Oliver Sacks, renowned and beloved neurologist, author and teller of captivating stories about his patients, their experiences, the human brain and ultimately of the human experience and condition passed away today (August 30, 2015) at the age of 82. I posted on Oliver not long ago (April 2015 search his name on this blog… Read more »

Why Might Some Disorders be Uniquely Human?

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Description: Are there forms of psychopathology among non-human animals (perhaps)? What about schizophrenia (perhaps not)? What is it about schizophrenia that may make it a uniquely human disorder? Sources: Scientific American: Why Don’t Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? Date: March 25, 2015 Photo Credit: Jessie Wilcox Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Willcox_Smith) Links:     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/ Laurel… Read more »