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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

January 18, 2016

The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]

September 15, 2013

Colleague assistance programs growing

Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).

September 15, 2013

From the Latest Issue...

Drug to Combat Opioid Addiction Little Used

opiod crisis buprenorphineWashington, D.C. – A researcher with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told psychologists at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association that physicians in private practice are under-using a drug that could help combat the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction.

Andrew Huhn, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the school’s behavioral pharmacology research unit, said buprenorphine is similar to methadone but less addictive and is available to …

September 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Understanding Privatized Medicare Plans

Privatized MedicarePrivatized Medicare plans can be confusing both to plan subscribers and health care providers. The word “Medicare” on forms or insurance cards for privatized Medicare programs might make them believe the plan is the federal Medicare program –but there are significant differences between Medicare and privatized Medicare plans.

Medicare is administered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It publishes its rules and reimbursement rates annually. The latter are …

September 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Compulsive Washing, Contamination Fears: It’s Not Just About Anxiety

obsessive-compulsive disorderObsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been portrayed in the popular media as primarily a problem of checking or washing.

The lay public has accepted OCD as one many people claim, in an ad hoc way, to have given the virtuous qualities associated with it, such as fastidiousness, cleanliness or being well organized. Unfortunately, when individuals actually suffer from this condition, these qualities could not be further from the truth. No one would …

September 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Protect Yourself from Ransomware

ransomwareWhat is ransomware?

Bad guys access your computer when, in an email, you click a hotlink that appears trustworthy because it came from a friend, your job or your mailing lists. The page that opens installs a Trojan (like the horse) program that uses the cybercriminals’ key to encrypt your files and sometimes the OS (Operating System).

They then ask for a few hundred dollars of untraceable Bitcoin for the key to decrypt …

September 25, 2017 | Read the story »

Ethics for Psychologists: The Importance of Informed Consent for Psychological Services

Informed Consent Psychological ServicesQ: I am conducting a psychological evaluation that has been ordered by the court. Since the client has no choice but to participate, do I need to gain informed consent for this service?

 A: Per APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, informed consent is required for research and most psychological services (Standard 3.10(a). Gaining informed consent not only insures that the client understands the nature and …

September 25, 2017 | Read the story »

Social Media and Mental Health

Social Media and Mental HealthWhat would you be doing right now if social media did not exist? There are still some that have not succumbed to the dynamic world of relationship building, sharing, following, messaging, promoting etc. via social media. However, the vast majority (roughly 81 percent) of the U.S. population has at least one social media account, and Facebook alone has about 1.94 billion monthly active users worldwide.

In fact, many …

September 24, 2017 | Read the story »