Should I Let an Intern Counsel My Child?

Should I Let an Intern Counsel My Child?

Since most states require mental health professionals to complete a clinical internship as part of their graduate degree, chances are good that you will one day be faced with the question, “Are you okay with having an intern?” Here are some advantages to consider in that moment; disadvantages will be discussed in a later article.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Postpartum Depression

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Postpartum Depression

Sage Therapeutics funded and submitted three clinical trials demonstrating brexanolone’s effectiveness in women with moderate to severe postpartum depression. Two phase 3 clinical trials of nearly 250 women provided further evidence that brexanolone led to greater improvement than a placebo.

The Unintended Risk of Playing It Safe

The Unintended Risk of Playing It Safe

Though further research is needed in order to better understand the effects of continued safety behavior use on exposure therapy outcomes, the findings from the study discussed here further my resolve to help patients give up their own unique safety behaviors as early in treatment as possible.

Education Level Predicts Depression Rates and Access to Care

Education Level Predicts Depression Rates and Access to Care

The general picture presented by the survey was that people in the lowest education group suffered the highest rates of clinical depression while having the least access to treatment.

5 Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

5 Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

Unless your score is zero, you have had thoughts, feelings, or behaviors which can contribute to increased stigma toward people with mental illness. 3. Don’t use disrespectful terms for people with mental illness.

How to Treat Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

How to Treat Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

12 This treatment also addresses emotion-focused hair pulling by training patients to be mindful (i.e., to engage in present-focused awareness) of urges to pull, pre-pulling behaviors, and other triggers (e.g., thoughts, feelings, environment, sensations) to pull.

Your Child's Intake Paperwork, Demystified

Your Child's Intake Paperwork, Demystified

You should also sign a release of information for any extended family members who will be involved in your child’s treatment, even if they will just be transporting your child to and from sessions.

How Single People Are Shortchanged in the Health Care System

How Single People Are Shortchanged in the Health Care System

What is especially remarkable, and rarely recognized, is that single people are doing so well despite the “ singlism ” in the health care system, as unmarried patients face pervasive stereotyping, stigmatization, marginalization, and discrimination .

Treatment Developments in Depression

Treatment Developments in Depression

On psychosocial treatment side are non-drug approaches that we usually associate with lifestyle enhancement and general health and wellness: meditation, yoga, and exercise, for example.

Ben Affleck on alcoholism and rehab: 'It's about yourself, your life, your family'

Ben Affleck on alcoholism and rehab: 'It's about yourself, your life, your family'

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager talk about Jennifer Garner taking Ben Affleck to rehab "People, we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them," he said.

Why Have Overdose Rates Risen for Middle-Aged Women?

Why Have Overdose Rates Risen for Middle-Aged Women?

Furthermore, consistent with weight concerns, women are increasingly using drugs that lead to increased mood and decreased appetite. Although this is often not the stereotypical demographic we picture when we think of “drug addicts,” middle-aged women are increasingly using drugs, in part because of body weight and shape concerns.

Three Potential Ways to Become More Conscientious

Three Potential Ways to Become More Conscientious

Cognitive remediation has not been investigated as a way to improve conscientiousness; however, this treatment has been successfully used to enhance executive functioning in disorders like schizophrenia. Though the interventions we have discussed are likely to be useful, the question is: How can we help individuals persevere and stick with the treatment?

How Can We Help Victims of Clergy Abuse?

How Can We Help Victims of Clergy Abuse?

Despite countless new stories about abuse by clergy not to mention the various movie and television dramatizations of different scandals that have come to light, actual research into the impact of this kind of abuse on victims has been surprisingly scarce up to now.

'I thought I was just a tired mum. It turns out I was dying'

'I thought I was just a tired mum. It turns out I was dying'

"I think I need an X-ray." Julia thought she was suffering from exhaustion. For years I’d had pap smears and breast checks, and two years earlier a doctor had told me I didn’t have ovarian cancer.

What Does It Take to Teach #MeToo to Boys?

What Does It Take to Teach #MeToo to Boys?

The Advantages of Speaking to Younger Boys Long before boys are teenagers who might become involved in risky behaviors or parents need worry about their sons acting inappropriately with a young lady at a party or in a parked car, for example, parents can instill vital principles.

Fluoroquinolones Overprescribed Despite Dangers

Fluoroquinolones Overprescribed Despite Dangers

Feb. 7, 2019 -- In 2006, Rachel Brummert developed a sinus infection, and her doctor prescribed Levaquin, one of a class of powerful antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. In 2015, the FDA reviewed reports of previously healthy people who had disabling side effects after taking fluoroquinolones for garden-variety sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis.

Campus Check-In: Mental Health Treatment Expands to Apps

Campus Check-In: Mental Health Treatment Expands to Apps

Certainly, a plethora of barriers to seeking mental health care exist, including students thinking their symptoms are normal or that care won’t be effective, as well as time constraints, continued stigma, cost of treatment, and a desire to handle problems privately.

Can Borderline Personality be Treated Through Relationships?

Can Borderline Personality be Treated Through Relationships?

One variant of this approach involves family skills training in methods shown to work for individuals with BPD in traditional therapy, but there are no empirical studies demonstrating its effectiveness.

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

Be sure to find a mental health provider who has significant experience with anxious youth, who has training in evidence-based therapies in anxiety for children and adolescents, and who you and your child feel comfortable talking with during your first session.

10-year challenge shows kids with heart defects thriving

10-year challenge shows kids with heart defects thriving

Courtesy Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta While Elijah is the oldest child in the campaign, the only one who is 10, the before and after pictures of children who have undergone numerous procedures shows how much progress has been made in treating congenital heart defects.

What’s Worse for a Child, Abuse or Neglect?

What’s Worse for a Child, Abuse or Neglect?

The very fact that, as generally understood, abuse is active, an act of commission , and neglect is passive, an act of omission , lends credence to the idea that abuse is the more reprehensible of these two forms or child maltreatment.

Micronutrients in Psychiatry: Sound Science or Just Hype?

Micronutrients in Psychiatry: Sound Science or Just Hype?

I anticipate a skeptical response like, "I'm battling Major Depression and you're suggesting I eat better and take a multi?" I recently spoke with a leading researcher on nutrition and mental health, psychologist Julia Rucklidge.

Cookie Monster's hilarious Reddit chat; reveals surprising facts

Cookie Monster's hilarious Reddit chat; reveals surprising facts

Fans of the one and only Cookie Monster received the ultimate sweet treat Wednesday evening when the beloved "Sesame Street" character answered questions about his career, his eating habits and his Hollywood pals during a Reddit AMA (short for "Ask Me Anything").

The Connection Between Sleep and Pain

The Connection Between Sleep and Pain

People reported on changes in their sleep from night to night and in any differences in their pain from day to day, a finding that was in line with the brain study.

9 Reasons Why People Resist Starting Therapy

9 Reasons Why People Resist Starting Therapy

Much like setting the frequency and duration of treatment, you ultimately set the pace of therapy, and your therapist is there to help the process along in a way that feels comfortable to you.

4 Big Reasons Why Treatment Falls Short

4 Big Reasons Why Treatment Falls Short

Clinicians may thus be inclined to make rapid diagnoses based on insufficient history, leading to errors in diagnosis, especially if the decision is not reviewed periodically, either as a matter of routine good care or when treatment is not working.

Mum who travelled to Peru for shamanic cancer treatment has died

Mum who travelled to Peru for shamanic cancer treatment has died

Sunshine Coast mum, Corissa Macklin-Rice, travelled to the jungle of Peru in June 2017 seeking radical ancient remedies in a desperate bid to cure her cancer and live for her children. Corissa, a passionate animal rights campaigner, had terminal cancer and was told she only had months left to live.

How Genetic Testing Can Help Match Patients with Medications

How Genetic Testing Can Help Match Patients with Medications

“If the patient is predicted to be a very poor responder, they might get referred to a different kind of treatment, like transcranial magnetic stimulation .” Previous research has aimed to uncover individual genes responsible for different responses to medication, says lead study author Jianping Zhang , a psychiatrist at Northwell Health.

Diagnose and Adios? Autism Families Deserve Better

Diagnose and Adios? Autism Families Deserve Better

Many diagnostic appointments, run with an ‘evidence-based’ protocol, don’t allow time for parents to either voice their concerns, discuss how and why their child’s behavior during activities like the ADOS might not be representative, or even learn what aspects of the child’s behavior clinched the doctor’s determination that their child has autism.

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Believe the Women

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Believe the Women

Hence the mantra of the movement: “Believe the Women.” Preventing mass shootings requires much of our society: early intervention and proactive measures concerning those with mental illness in both schools and workplaces; a better understanding of legal options available to authoritative figures when red flags surface; more funding for mental health programs, especially community-based housing options; and an easing of state and federal privacy laws that keep families from participating in treatment and discharge plans and processes.

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