Addicted Babies? Time for a rethink!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Health Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Prenatal Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: In the 31 years that I have been teaching courses in child development I have said a number of things that, in the face of more recent research, discussion, and intervention designs and outcomes, have turned out to have been wrong (or at least in need of adjustment). One of these is the statement… 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 »

Heart Disease <=> Mental Illness?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Research Methods, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Look at the title of the article featured in the link below.  Based only on the title, what do you think the article is about? Is it suggesting that heart disease also causes mental illness?… or is it that mental illness caused heart disease (perhaps through heightened stress pathways)?? Think about what hypothesis you…

Dogs and Psychology: How do they help?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Have you heard or did you already know from personal experience that spending time with one or more dog can be of psychological benefit? This is a good example of something that many people believe to be true (and it actually is true) but most people, if you ask them cannot provide a solid… Read more »

Mental Imagery Techniques for Managing Day-to-Day Emotional Events (oh and PTSD too!)

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Mental Imagery training is used frequently as part of cognitive therapy approaches to helping people with PTSD related to exposure to traumatic events. Mental Imagery is also used in sports to assist athletes in focusing upon the components of peak performance. But can people be taught to effectively use Mental Imagery to reduce the… Read more »

Care for Caregivers: Helping those Helping the Terminally Ill

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Make a prediction. How are feelings of anxiety and depression related to caring for a terminally ill person or loved one? What proportion of people engaged in such care do you think show such symptoms? Once you have your hypotheses in mind have a read through the article linked below and see how your… Read more »

Collective Trauma: Expanding Beyond Individual Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: If you glance at the title of the article that is linked below you may think that the article is yet another look at the impact of Donald Trump’s victory on the mental health of Americans. That is partly true, but the article linked below goes further and draws to our attention the importance… Read more »

Probiotics, Stress, Anxiety and the Zebrafish

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the ones above and below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting,… Read more »

Your Brain on City

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: How do you think living in a city, a large city, as opposed to a small town or in the country impacts your physical and mental health? From a genetic or sociobiological (long-term historical) perspective we are clearly not adapted to living in large urban environments. So what might some of the effects be… Read more »