Category Archives: Current Interns

Friday Factoids: Drinking to Cope with the Pandemic

  Individuals around the world have faced significant stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including stay-at-home orders, high rates of unemployment, and millions of deaths as of February 2021. Rodriguez et al. (2020) explored how perceived threat and psychological distress … Continue reading

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Article Review: Psychosocial Treatment of Schizophrenia

Canadian Treatment Guidelines for psychosocial treatments of schizophrenia were recently updated.  Each of the following treatments were supported by at least one randomized control study, though many were supported by metanalyses of randomized controlled studies.  The authors emphasize that psychosocial … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Transgender Patient Care on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Special considerations may be needed for transgender patients who are admitted to a psychiatric unit, to better assist with their care. These considerations should begin prior to the patient’s arrival. It is recommended that patients share a room with others … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Migraines and Epilepsy Olfactory Hallucinations

Olfactory hallucinations are said to be one of the less common forms of hallucinations associated with psychotic disorders. However, olfactory hallucinations are said to occur with several other neurological disorders, most commonly temporal lobe epilepsy in which the aura before … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Paradigm Shift

(Director’s Note:  Occasionally, interns are willing to share personal experiences that may advance scientific understanding, appreciation of humanity and diversity, and/or the effects of world events on individual emotions and behavior. I am always grateful for these opportunities.)   On … Continue reading

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Article Review: Missed opportunities: Childhood Learning Disabilities as Early Indicators of Risk Among Homeless Adults With Mental Illness

Many studies have shown that childhood learning disabilities have adverse effects in both childhood as well as in long term adulthood. A 2012 study by Patterson and colleagues further studied the topic and compiled interesting findings relating to homelessness, mental … Continue reading

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Article Review: Clinician Behaviors in Telehealth Care

Literature on telehealth services is continuing to grow, especially in the area concerning interpersonal behaviors during telehealth sessions. Henry et al. (2017) conducted a systematic literature review to identify interpersonal health care provider behaviors and qualities related to provider-patient interaction … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

While most individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia respond to the first or second anti-psychotic prescribed, up to 30% of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia fail to respond to these initial treatments. In addition, some individuals who responded to the first or second … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Differential Diagnosis of Psychosis

A number of different medical conditions can cause psychotic symptoms in individuals.  Some, like the delirium after surgery, epilepsy and urinary tract infections, are well known, but some are less well-known. This is a more comprehensive list of medical conditions … Continue reading

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Article Review: Psychosis Following TBI

Psychotic symptoms are two to three times more likely to be experienced by individuals who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than in the general population, but previous studies haven’t been able to indicate how traumatic brain injuries and … Continue reading

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