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?

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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?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Managing Pain, Pain-General, Psychological Intervention, Social Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

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!)

Posted by & filed under Neuroscience, Nutrition Weight Management, Physiology, Sensation-Perception, Sensory-Perceptual Development, Uncategorized.

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

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Clinical Health Psychology, Group Processes, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stress: Coping Reducing, Uncategorized.

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

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 »

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

Posted by & filed under Aging Psychological Disorders, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Chronic Illness, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Managing Pain, Serious Physical Illness, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self, Uncategorized.

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 »