Category Archives: Current Interns

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: Cool Beans, Drinking Coffee with Coworkers Improves Group Participation

Move over water cooler talk and bring in the coffee break. Research with 72 undergraduates demonstrated that caffeinated beverages improve one’s views on those around us. These research participants were separated into two groups where one half had a “coffee … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Use of Antipsychotics When Not Psychotic: A Look at the Risks

Often children and youths are given antipsychotic medication despite not having symptoms of psychosis. These reasons include depression, ADHD, and other types of conditions other than what these drugs were designed for. Tennessee Medicaid enrollees aged 5 to 24 from … 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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Friday Factoid: Mouse Hugs over Hard Drugs: Implications of Neuroscience on Addiction Treatment

Neuroscience has only minimally contributed to addiction treatment. One of the factors that may advance research is this rodent model about social interaction and substance use. Researchers trained rats to make an operant level of choice between drugs or social … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Leadership Class of 2019!

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” -Stephen Covey

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