Dementia and Elder Care: Could Robo-Pets Be Part of an Answer?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Long-Term Care, Successful Aging.

Description: Consider these statements. The number of elderly people who are living alone and who do or will need some support to remain on their own is growing very quickly. The costs of providing this care can be prohibitive and finding enough people to provide what care can be paid for is also becoming increasingly… Read more »

Psychologists and Prescribing Authority: Yes, No, or Maybe?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Can Psychologists prescribe drugs? Mainly no, only in a few jurisdictions. Should Psychologists be given limited prescribing privileges? Now that is a rather hotly debated question. There ARE examples of situations where non-doctors have been granted limited prescription authority. Dentists, for example, can prescribe pain medications (good thing too!). So, what about psychologists? What… Read more »

Horror and Anxiety: Therapeutic?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Evaluate the usefulness of the following two statements. People who are worried about what is going on with the Covid pandemic shous watch movies like Contagion (about a run-away pandemic). OR, people who are trying to deal with anxiety and nightmares should watch Zombie films or televisions shows (e.g., The Walking Dead) before bed…. Read more »

Psychology of Covid: Reasoning with Unreasonable People About Vaccination

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Psychological Intervention, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: How do you deal with someone who you believe is completely unreasonable? Well, one possible answer that makes a lot of sense is simply to not deal with them at all. Who needs the stress and the headaches associated with trying to take on an unreasonable person and try to get them to BE… Read more »

Into Post-Pandemic with Telehealth and Teletherapy

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think back to one year ago, call that point in time up and try and remember what you thought about everything then. OK a big ask but one year ago would you have even thought about the possibility of accessing therapy services by phone or via video chat (I would bet you had not… Read more »

Focussed Ultrasound Does an End-Run on the BBB and that is a Good Thing!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you have had an introductory Psychology course, and perhaps even if you have not yet,  you are likely aware of the challenges faced when researchers and clinicians want to introduce drugs in to specific brain regions or to influence specific neurotransmitter systems within the brain. Trying to increase the functional levels of a… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating OCD

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Description: I hope you are washing your hands A LOT these days! In fact, might you say that you are washing your hands compulsively? That is not really an appropriate descriptor but here is something to think about. What effect do you think the appropriate jump in hand washing over the past 8 months and… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Depression or Boredom?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Think about this distinction for a moment in relation to your own experiences within and related to our time with the Covid-19 pandemic. How much of our negative emotional, social and cognitive experiences could or should we attribute to bad things that have happened to us (e.g., health challenges, job losses, life disruptions) and… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Anxieties and Uncertainties, What You Can DO About Them

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: I have posted previously about the stress associated with the high degrees of uncertainty associated with our immediate and longer-term futures in relation to the coronavirus. It is important to keep in mind that while many of the factors contributing to our uncertainty and the related stresses that accompany them are obvious; our health… Read more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): We The North!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Chronic Illness, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Have you heard the phrase “We The North?” It was associated with the enjoyable run of the Toronto Raptors to the successfully through the NBA championships in 2019. Despite having a great basketball team, however, there are some challenges associated with living in the north. Throughout much of Canada in the winter it is… Read more »