Category Archives: Friday Factoids

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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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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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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Friday Factoids: Can AI Detect COVID Cough?

As of November of 2020, there have been more than 225,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States alone. One of biggest barriers during this pandemic is the inability to test for COVID-19 at a global scale. However, this … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: OCD and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most of the world becoming more paranoid about contamination and handwashing. For those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), this is no new problem. However, relapse for individuals who had their symptoms under … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Altruism

Sarah Watts, MS WKPIC Doctoral Intern   Why do we do good things for others? Altruism is the concept of unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It turns out that we might be willing to do good things for … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Prosopagnosia

Sarah Watts, MS WKPIC Doctoral Intern   Some people are not able to recognize people by looking at their faces. It is a condition called prosopagnosia, and individuals with this condition often rely on other cues, such as voices, to … Continue reading

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