Category Archives: Mental Health and Wellness

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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Article Review: Freeman, G. M., Martin, B. A., & Hu, R. J. (2016) G-CSF Dosing to Prevent Recurrent Clozapine-Induced Agranulocytosis

A case study conducted by Freeman, Martin, and Hu, (2016) found that stabilization of psychiatric symptoms using Clozapine was possible in an individual with three consecutive instances of Clozapine-induced agranulocytosis.   The study involved the five and a half year … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids Catch-Up: December Fun Facts

This time of year is one of the more enjoyable times for adults, but especially children. The darkest time of the year is also a time whereby a hero emerges. Lights on the Christmas tree are symbolic of the return … Continue reading

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Article Review: Turner, JA; Edwards, L; Eicken, IM; Yokoyama, K; Castro, JR; Ngoc-Thuy Tran, A; & Haggkins, KL (2005) Intern Self-Care: An Exploratory Study Into Strategy Use and Effectiveness

As a current intern who has now completed my third month of my internship year, I was reflecting on the days/weeks/months in which I felt I was starting to feel more confident and comfortable as my position as an intern. … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids Catch-up: Examining the Link between Folic Acid Levels and Negative Symptoms in Patients with Schizophrenia

Folic Acid deficiency is considered to play a role in patients with Schizophrenia. Serum or plasma concentration of folic acid is substantially lower in individuals with Schizophrenia than in the general population (Cao et al., 2016).   Mutations in key … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids Catch-Up: Exercising in the Winter Months

Ugh. It’s *that* time again…   As we begin to head into the winter months, it is important to consider how our exercise and fitness habits might change, and the benefits of exercising.   Exercise can be weather-dependent for many … Continue reading

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