Category Archives: Mental Health and Wellness

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: 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: Neuropsychological Deficits as Caused by the Coronavirus and the Role of the Neuropsychologist

With such a novel virus, little research has thus been compiled to fully understand the long term negative effects on neuropsychological functioning. While it is suspected that long-term physical implications may persist after recovering from COVID-19, it is yet unclear … 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: 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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Article Review: Park, Y. C. et al. (2018). To use the brief psychiatric rating scale to detect disorganized speech in schizophrenia: Findings from the REAP-AP study.

The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) is one of the most commonly used measures for assessing psychopathy in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, particularly disorganized speech (Leucht et al., 2005). Conceptually derived from classical ideas originating in German psychopathology, the term … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Mental Health and the Courts

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980, which provided grants directly to community mental health centers. Though, it was short- lived. Between 2009 and 2012, the US legislatures cut a total of nearly $4.5 … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Mental Health and the Court System

In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled that prisons are Constitutionally required to provide adequate medical care to inmates in their custody, meaning that prisoners are the only group of Americans with a Constitutional right to health care. The first mental … Continue reading

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