The State of Canada’s Mental Health Treatment System: Broken? Fixable?

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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 »

Are CBT effects on Physical Issues Really a Surprise?

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Description: We may assume that physical symptoms need to be treated with medication but we also know that disorders like depression are very treatable with forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The conditions discussed in this article all show signs of positive change when treated with one or another form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of course… Read more »

Why Food Tastes Different on Planes (its not all the food’s fault!)

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Description: So how does airplane food taste? Yes, well now for a more important question: IS the fact that airplane food does not taste as good as we might hope due entirely to the food we are served (when we are lucky to get anything at all on a plane)? According to research discussed in… Read more »

Direct and Empathic Reactions to Natural Disaster: The Nepalese Earthquake

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Description: Natural disasters such as the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal recently are devastating; producing pain, hardship and a great deal of stress. This is, of course, most true for Nepalese people at home or abroad, worrying about friends and relatives but also for others hearing about, seeing the effects of, thinking about and empathically resonating… Read more »

Cell Phones and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT To Go

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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 »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

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Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Working Through Depression?

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Description: Despite the media putting heavy emphasis on the depression of the Germanwings pilot who is believed to have crashed his plane on purpose just what are the work implications of depressi0on? Can people work through or with depression? This article and audio file link (on the article webpage) discusses these issues. Source: National Public… Read more »

Cognitive/Brain Function and Chemo Therapies: Chemo Brain

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Description: Does chemo therapy have an impact upon brain functioning? If so, what are the impacts, how does chemo therapy affect the brain and how permanent are the results? Source: Science Daily: Cancer and chemo brain: Cancer diagnosis affects cognitive function Date: April 17, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www2.rsna.org/timssnet/media/pressreleases/pr_target.cfm?id=629 Links:    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150417085226.htm Chemo brain and physical brain… Read more »

Space Psychology

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Description: So just what are the psychological consequences of spending a long time (1 year) in space? Well from 2001 a Space Odyssey to Interstellar there has been a lot of science fiction film speculation but what do we know from a scientific point of view. Quite a bit actually. Source: PA Pacific Standard: What… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »