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Friday Factoid: Stability When Unstable: Borderline Personality Disorder May Have Elements that Change Over Time

Borderline Personality Disorder is generally perceived as an unchanging condition which has very little ebb and flow to its course. However, longitudinal data presents a different perspective when looked over a 10-year time span. The Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Combating Stress with Mindfulness

Stress is the most significant risk factor for expenditures in healthcare (Azagba & Sharaf, 2011). Mindfulness-based (MB) interventions, specifically Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are one approach to efficiently dealing with stress (Shapiro, Astin, Bishop, & Cordova, 2005). Jon Kabat-Zinn developed … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Engagement in Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Like most psychological interventions, mindfulness-based interventions cannot help when individuals fail to engage in them. A randomized clinical trial (RCT) conducted by Barkan et al. (2016) examined 100 individuals (62% female, sample mean age = 72) in a community sample … Continue reading

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Article Review: Moor, D., & Hermsen, M. (2018). Achieving happiness at care farms in the Netherlands.

A few years ago, I took a trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I spent some time in the city, but I also spent several days in the countryside. The Netherlands are well known for dairy and cheese products. One … Continue reading

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Article Review: El-Mallakh, P., & Findlay, J. (2015). Strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia: The role of support services.

Antipsychotic medications are effective in 70% to 80% of individuals with Schizophrenia, yet 50% of these individuals are medication non-adherent (El-Mallakh & Findlay, 2015). Medication adherence is associated with medication-related factors along with environmental and provider-related factors. Patient-related factors include … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Utilization of Restraints: Examining Contributory Factors

The practice of psychiatry has changed substantially over course of its existence, however, the utilization of restraints in adult psychiatric inpatient units has continued to remain a constant (Jacob et al., 2016). Various studies have shown that there are several … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: To Restrain or Not Restrain? That is the Question.

For more than three centuries, physical restraints have been utilized to manage psychiatric patients (as cited in Allen et al., 2018). However, despite increased regulatory pressure and legal action being taken regarding its use, the practice of using physical restraints … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Severe Mental Illness: A Close and Personal Perspective

Generally speaking, persons who suffer from mental illness oftentimes perceive themselves similar to the way they are seen in their respective environments. Therefore, listening to their narratives and hearing their perspective on personal experiences is likely to increase our understanding … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Is Likeness of Mental Health Experiences a Potential Avenue for Treatment Interventions?

Organized peer support with individuals diagnosed with mental illness builds upon naturally occurring encouragement. Maintenance of another’s wellbeing is oftentimes encouraged as a way to promote shared recovery experiences for anyone who has been diagnosed with mental illness, regardless of … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: “So, You Don’t Want To Be My Neighbor”: Stigma in Action

Stigma can be expressed in various different ways, however, the current understanding of most psychiatric stigma is based on one’s beliefs about a particular condition rather than concrete behaviors. As a way to draw beliefs and feelings to real world … Continue reading

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