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 »

Drugs, Behavioral Treatment and ADHD in Young Children: Either, Or, And

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues.

Description: Okay, quick, a good friend of yours says that their young child has been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD. They ask you what you think they should do. Should they go to physician to see about medication for their child or should they try and find someone who can talk some about behavioural approaches… Read more »

Confidentiality: When Therapists Write Books

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Description: If a psychotherapist is going to write a book and in that book they’re going to use some of their interactions with their actual clients to illustrate the points they’re making in the book what ethical requirements should they meet? It’s obvious that anonymity is important. If you were a lawyer advising a psychologist… Read more »

Predicting Potential Terrorists: Option or Ethical Pit?

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Description: Can Psychology figure out how to predict who will and who will not become a terrorist? Do you think we could do this in Psychology? What would we look at in the way of predictors? What sorts of ethical considerations might arise? Source: Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues, Matt Apuzzo,… Read more »

Drugs versus Talking: The Devil is in the Dichotomies

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Description: You have undoubtedly had some thoughts about and perhaps even some classroom discussion around the question of whether drugs are therapy (talking) are the best choice for treating mental illness. In a way that’s reminiscent of the classical debate about whether it makes more sense to focus on people’s brains or on their minds… Read more »

Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in Your Community?

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Description: It is often hard to see local examples of some of the historical issues that come up in relation to the earlier days of psychology or the application of concepts related to psychology to the general population. The idea that it made sense from a social policy perspective to create a mechanism whereby “mentally… Read more »

Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia.

Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

Crisis? What Crisis? Oh THAT Crisis!

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Description: Remember replicability? As in the mark of a good psychological study is that it is replicable, that is, if someone else read it and then tried to run it on their own they should get the same results as the original study if we are to take the original study seriously. Well putting aside… Read more »

Depresion and Stress among Clinical Psychologists

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Description: Are clinical psychologists significantly less likely to struggle with depression compared to the general population? What would you predict? On the one hand they are more aware of the issues related to depression and may be more inclined to take steps earlier and thus avoid struggling with the disorder on the other hand in… Read more »