Drug to Combat Opioid Addiction Little Used

Washington, D.C. – A researcher with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told psychologists at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association that physicians in private practice are under-using a drug that could help combat the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction. Andrew Huhn, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the school’s behavioral pharmacology […]

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  • Understanding Privatized Medicare Plans

    Privatized Medicare plans can be confusing both to plan subscribers and health care providers. The word “Medicare” on forms or insurance cards for privatized Medicare programs might make them believe the plan is the federal Medicare program –but there are significant differences between Medicare and privatized Medicare plans. Medicare is administered through the Center for […]

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  • Protect Yourself from Ransomware

    What is ransomware? Bad guys access your computer when, in an email, you click a hotlink that appears trustworthy because it came from a friend, your job or your mailing lists. The page that opens installs a Trojan (like the horse) program that uses the cybercriminals’ key to encrypt your files and sometimes the OS […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: The Importance of Informed Consent for Psychological Services

    Q: I am conducting a psychological evaluation that has been ordered by the court. Since the client has no choice but to participate, do I need to gain informed consent for this service?  A: Per APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, informed consent is required for research and most psychological services (Standard […]

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  • Practical Benefits Debatable for Geropsychology Specialty

    At its August 2017 meeting the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) approved a seven-year renewal of geropsychology as a recognized specialty in professional psychology. Victor Molinari, Ph.D., professor at the University of South Florida, said a primary benefit of the specialty recognition is to raise the profile of the field by […]

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  • Compulsive Washing, Contamination Fears: It’s Not Just About Anxiety

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been portrayed in the popular media as primarily a problem of checking or washing. The lay public has accepted OCD as one many people claim, in an ad hoc way, to have given the virtuous qualities associated with it, such as fastidiousness, cleanliness or being well organized. Unfortunately, when individuals actually […]

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  • Health Care Reform Update: Price Transparency Movement Growing

    As Washington, D.C., struggles to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a little-known movement has the potential to upend how insurance companies and health care providers do business. Legislators had hoped the ACA would constrain health expenditures through various pay-for-performance initiatives. However, value-based programs have largely failed thus far, and cost control remains […]

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  • Social Media and Mental Health

    What would you be doing right now if social media did not exist? There are still some that have not succumbed to the dynamic world of relationship building, sharing, following, messaging, promoting etc. via social media. However, the vast majority (roughly 81 percent) of the U.S. population has at least one social media account, and […]

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  • Is Consent for Psychological Treatment Informed?

    Informed consent for psychological services is a clinically meaningful and client empowering dialogue. Additionally, many licensing board complaints can be prevented or quickly resolved by a thoughtful, documented informed consent. Here are some of the basics to review: What is important for an individual to know about therapy before agreeing to participate? Therapist’s training, methods, […]

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