Category Archives: Current Interns

Friday Factoids: Returning to Work During COVID

While there has been some research exploring the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic broadly, limited research has specifically explored the effects of returning to a physical workplace during the COVID pandemic. In early 2020, a group of researchers … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Has COVID affected the kinds of psychiatric cases seen in the Emergency Department?

  In an effort to better understand the influence the COVID pandemic had on reasons for psychiatric visits to the Emergency Department, researchers at a New York City hospital compared diagnoses and referral outcomes for children, adolescents and adults in … Continue reading

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Article Review: Clinical Differentiation of Bipolar II Disorder from Borderline Personality Disorder

  A common diagnostic dilemma among clinicians is differentiating between Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Bipolar II Disorder (BP II) (Bayes et al., 2014). These two disorders share similar features including impulsivity and emotional dysregulation. Additionally, “affect storms” in individuals … Continue reading

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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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