The Opioid Crisis: Is a Broader Perspective Needed?

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Description: There is an opioid overdose epidemic in North America. In 2017, 4,000 people in Canada and 72,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know what you have been hearing or reading about what is behind these astonishing and terrifying numbers, but there is a lot to consider and a… Read more »

Should Clinical Psychologists Routinely Assess Client Status’ and Outcomes? Or do they already?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Intervention, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Clinical Psychologists who are involved in providing therapy to people have a number of ethical standards to which they must adhere (you can download the Canadian Psychological Association Code of Ethics here: https://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Ethics/CPA_Code_2017_4thEd.pdf) . One of those standards states that practicing psychologist should “Strive to provide and/or obtain the best reasonably accessible service for… Read more »

ADHD: Is Some of It Perhaps a Bit Adaptive in Modern Times?

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Description: So here is a thought: In psychology we typically talk about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) as an unquestionably undesirable thing. Look at its name, we view it as a deficit and a disorder. There is no doubt that there are many situations and circumstances where ADHD would NOT be adaptive (school usually being one… Read more »

Pitching Apps/Sites for Mental Health: Fad or global change in mental health management and promotion?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: The Calgary Distress Centre (in my home town) started out as a call-in center, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Until recently its only form of contact with distressed individuals was over their phone lines and that worked very well as a way for people to find someone to talk to… Read more »

OCD: Do you know what you need to know to help?

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Description: Have you ever referred to a friend’s behavior as “so-OCD”? or have your friend ever referred to behaviors of yours that way? OCD, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is one of those psychology terms that has become part of common speech and popular culture (like calling someone who is a stickler for order “anal”… Read more »

Refugee Distress and Mental Health: Trauma AND Other Factors

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Description: Think about what sports of factors might be involved in how refugees cope with distress once they have arrived in a relatively safe place and are trying to get on with their lives. Certainly the potentially horrific stressful events they endured in their original homes and in their flight towards safety could be important… Read more »

An New Use for Old Inkblots?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Assessment, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods.

Description: Rorschach inkblots were made by a psychoanalyst named Rorschach. What do you think you know about them? They were literally made by pouring ink on a piece of paper and smudging the ink be folding the paper in half. So each blot was a random event not intended or manipulated in any way to… Read more »

Pupil Responses to Angry and Sad Faces: Markers for Depression Relapse rates?

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Description: One of the largest concerns after the task of finding a treatment for depression that seems to relieve symptoms has been accomplished is wondering whether the individual will suffer a relapse of their depressive symptoms at some future point. Markers that could be used to monitor for the likelihood of relapse would be valuable,… 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 »