What is the Relationship between Using E Cigarettes and “Real” Cigarettes

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Research Methods, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: The pitch about e- cigarettes seems to be that they both help people quit smoking can provide people with a safer alternative to smoking if they’re so inclined. But just what is the relationship between smoking E cigarettes and smoking real cigarettes? Source: PsychCentral, Do E–Cigarettes Lead to Smoking Tobacco? Rick Nauert. Date: October 3,… Read more »

Is Depression Catch-able?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Ignoring the title of the article this post focuses upon for a second what would be your prediction? Is hanging around with depressed people likely to make you depressed? What about the opposite (hanging around with happy – or at least well-adjusted stable people)? Source: Science Daily: Happiness spreads but depressions doesn’t Date: August… Read more »

Oliver Sacks: Farewell Oliver, You Will Be Missed

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Sensation-Perception.

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 »

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 »

Addiction as a Disease?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Substance-Related Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Are addictions diseases? Is that the best way to think about them, especially in relation to approaches to treatment? Marc Lewis, a neuroscientist who struggled with addiction early in his life suggests we need to rethink the simple equating of addiction with disease if we are to properly understand addictions, and, more importantly, understand… 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

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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 »

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 »

How are Preschoolers’ Sleep and Mental Health Related?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Disorders of Childhood, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Uncategorized.

Description: There may be a reciprocal relationship between sleep disorders in toddlers and psychological problems both concurrently and in the future. The research discussed in this article suggests that causality may go both ways with sleep issues giving rise to psychological problems and vice verse. The relationship is likely complex and other factors may be… Read more »