PSYCHOLOGISTS AND THE PATRIOT ACT

As a clinical psychologist in private practice I spend much of my time listening to others express their problems, fears and concerns about their personal lives. Occasionally those concerns and fears include the larger world problems of war and terrorism. But, until recently, I did not know that terrorism and legal acts to confront it […]

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  • In midlife, Maryland psychologist switches from clinical services to bank robbery consulting

    Richard Ottenstein, Ph.D. of Owings Mills, MD, has practiced psychology for nearly 30 years, focusing on a broad array of clinical services. After so many years of an hour-by-hour schedule, he hankered for change–not career change but switching to another discipline in psychology. Ottenstein found a novel niche: He became a specialist in crisis management […]

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  • Psychotherapy As Effective As Drugs, Study Reports

    Psychotherapy developed by a Virginia psychologist to specifically treat chronic depression works as well as drugs alone, according to a study reported in May in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Co-Author James P. McCullough, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said a study of 681 chronically depressed individuals showed that patients using […]

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  • A View Of Psychotherapy In The Last Half Century

    I began graduate work in psychology 50 years ago. Psychotherapy, undefined then and undefined now, and psychometrics were the primary, almost only, tools of the clinical psychologist. As the century closes, it is interesting to contemplate the changes in what we call psychotherapy. In the first half of this century, there was psychoanalysis. This brilliant […]

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  • When, oh when, will psychology lay its own behavioral tracks without relying on psychiatry

    In its Nov. 3, 2000 issue of Psychiatric News, the American Psychiatric Association announced plans for developing the fifth version (DSM-V) of its highly successful Diagnostic and Statistical Manual series. These manuals have set forth, each in its own time, the psychiatric profession’s agreements as to the conditions it treats and how they shall be […]

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  • Longtime Foe Of Managed Care Thrives In ‘Self-Pay’ Practice

    Ivan Miller, Ph.D., a Colorado psychologist who has frowned on managed care since its inception, is in his sixth year of solo practice, claims to be going strong, and expecting even better days ahead. He asserts that the self-pay market he so intensely advocates keeps gaining converts, and that those who have long insisted the […]

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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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