Ways of Knowing the Brain and Mind: Indigenous Perspectives

Posted by & filed under Clinical Assessment, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think about this question: Is neuroscience (brain science) universal or does it, or should it, vary across diverse cultural communities? On the one hand, brains are brains, right? On the other hand, a HUGE part of what goes into mental health, wellness and dealing with mental illness IS culturally linked isn’t it? Which of… Read more »

Exactly What Is and Is Not Effective Prenatal Screening?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Disorders of Childhood, Health Psychology, Physical Illness, Prenatal Development, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How many things (life events, situations, crimes, illnesses, etc.) would it be good to be able to predict? We could take the stance that things are in the hand of fate and there is nothing we can do so why bother trying to predict. But what if we could identify people who will, if… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: A Jump in Gaming Addiction Issues?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: How much video/online gaming do you do? Would it surprise you to hear that over half of North American adults and many more children do this regularly? Would it surprise you to hear that people are doing more of this during these times of Covid-19 than ever before? Do you think we should worry… Read more »

Increasing Complex Cases for Genetic Counselors

Posted by & filed under Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Read the title of the article referenced under the picture below that the link further down will take you to. How would you answer that question (and yes, I realize you likely want more information before responding)? When I talk in class about genetic testing and pre-natal screening, I point out that with the… Read more »

Mental Illness: Beyond the Biomedical Model

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Do we (Psychologists and Psychiatrists) know what caused mental illness? When I teach the Psychological Disorders and Treatments sections on my Introductory Psychology course, after talking about the drugs used in treating the symptoms of various mental disorders (like depression or schizophrenia) I will usually ask if people think that because there are drugs… Read more »

Psychosis: Early Identification and Intervention Opportunities are Important

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: You are no doubt aware of the standard medical observation that the earlier an emerging health challenge is identified the more effectively it can be treated or even prevented from fully emerging. There is also a lot of talk about the sorts of things one can do to contribute positively to one’s mental health… Read more »

Addiction to Heroin, Internet Gaming, or Cats: Where and How to Draw a Line

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Description: Answer this question quickly off the top of your head: Is it possible for someone to become addicted to internet gaming? If you said yes, think about whether you mean that it is possible for someone to become genuinely addicted to internet gaming like someone could become addicted to heroin or whether you mean… Read more »

Rapid Onset Gender Dysmorphia: Research Issues and Challenges

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Sexual Disorders Gender Dysphoria, Stress Coping - Health, The Self, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Gender Dysphoria is a diagnostic category in the DSM-5. You can find a description and the diagnostic criteria here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/conditions/gender-dysphoria . The question of what sorts of variables contribute to an individual of one sex having feelings that they are actually another sex (and yes, I realize that speaking of sex in a binary… Read more »

The Opioid Crisis: Is a Broader Perspective Needed?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Chronic Illness, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Physiology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders, The Self.

Description: There is an opioid overdose epidemic in North America. In 2017, 4,000 people in Canada and 72,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know what you have been hearing or reading about what is behind these astonishing and terrifying numbers, but there is a lot to consider and a… Read more »