Report says dearth of MDs helped psychologists gain prescribing rights in Guam

The shortage of medical doctors involved in the practice of psychiatrist was part of the reason psychologists in Guam were granted the right recently to prescribe psychotropic medications, George Kallingal, Ph.D., a Guam psychologist, told The National Psychologist. Only five psychiatrists serve the island which consists of 160,000 residents and a million tourists a year. […]

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  • Primary care, linking mind-body, offers opportunities for future

    In a pilot project dating to 1986, Health Partners, a large Minneapolis-St. Paul HMO, began to partner physicians and psychologists in the care of patients. We have learned a great during the intervening years about improving care, about recognizing more fully that the mind-body split is entirely artificial, about placing psychologists and other mental health […]

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  • Brave new world lurks around corner as human genome project gathers momentum

    Those psychologists who winced two years ago when NIMH Director Steven Hyman, M.D., announced in a press release (see National Psychologist, November/December 1996, p.3) that “anxiety disorders, like other mental illnesses, reflect dysfunctions within the brain,” have reason to cry out with pain these days. Few days go by without data about the relationship between […]

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  • It’s a New Day At the New-Look VA

    The Veterans Administration, once the largest employer of psychologists, had begun undergoing a massive transformation as The National Psychologist reported in an article in our July/Aug. 1996 issue. How is the VA faring now that the changes have been completed? Where and how do psychologists fit into the total picture? We revisited our original source, […]

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  • Psychotherapy and religion: Do they mix and blend?

    A Tibetan Buddhist monk, who is a practicing psychologist in Los Angeles, travels this month to New York City’s Beth Israel Hospital to train nurses in meditation and other Eastern spiritual techniques to help ease their patients’ mental pain of suffering and death. The monk, Losang Rabgyay, Ph.D., said he has developed a 15-hour training […]

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  • Psychology Told to Put ‘House in Order’ Before Seeking Prescription Rights

    Until psychology gets its house in order, there is little reason to discuss prescribing privileges, reacted a Hawaii legislator recently after psychologists squared off rambunctiously in the State House in Honolulu. The defeat of prescription privileges in Hawaii occurred only weeks before a seven-member subcommittee in California killed prescription privileges by a 1-4 vote in […]

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  • When Grief Becomes a Disorder

    The dictionary tells us that to bereave is to “deprive ruthlessly or by force; deprive by death.” Grief is “keen mental suffering over affliction or loss.” It is a synonym for “mourning, sorrow, or woe.” Life tells us that bereavement and grief are inevitable, until we, too, become the object or source. So then why […]

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