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Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Temper Dysregulation Disorder, and Medicating Kids

Like most professionals, states require psychologists to keep up with current research through continuing education. Yesterday, I attended a lecture on the differential diagnosis of ADHD and or Bipolar disorder in kids. Not surprisingly, the water is muddied by the similarity of some of the symptoms and the fact that most kids with Bipolar Disorder have other problems such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Opposition Defiant Disorder,...
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Depression

The Antidepressant Controversy: What Does it Mean For You?

You’ve read about the ongoing controversy over the effectiveness of antidepressant medications. Luminary psychologists such as Dr. Robert DeRubeis and Dr. Irving Kirsch have made persuasive arguments supporting the idea that most, if not all, of the effectiveness of antidepressant medication appears to be due to the so-called placebo effect.

In other words, their analysis of studies has led them to conclude that when patients improve on antidepressant medication, that most of that...
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Depression

Colds, Flu and Spring

It’s spring in New Mexico. We’ll have some days of high winds, but for the most part, cold weather is gone for the season. People are starting to wear shorts and flip-flops, the costume of the summer trudger.

I have a cold. It started last week and lingered as spring colds usually do. I’m better, down to sporadic coughing fits, nose blowing, dragging, and the spacey feeling that colds often...
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CBT

The Dark Days of Winter Got You Down? Seasonal Affective Disorder

We just got back from teaching in Santa Barbara California. The temperatures were in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s and the sun was shining every day. It was a nice break from the cold weather we’d been experiencing in New Mexico.

While away, I was asked to spend a week answering questions about seasonal affective disorder on a web site called cafemom (). Cafemom is a community...
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Anxiety

Flying Fears During the Holidays

This holiday season we had a visitor from out of town who was puzzled by a new fear of turbulence during his recent flights. This young man had been a frequent flyer all of his life. He said that he had never experienced any fear until this past year.

He described feelings of panic and a racing heart beat when the plane hit turbulence. Since we have written extensively about anxiety,...
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Surprisingly Effective Breast Cancer Treatment: If Only it Were a Drug

Our colleague, Ken Pope passes along articles of interest to a large list of professionals. One of the articles he recently sent was titled “Psychological intervention provides enduring health benefits for women with breast cancer.”

The article was quite interesting and contained findings, that if replicated, could be extremely important and promising to women diagnosed with breast cancer. The authors indicated that women receiving psychological intervention for stress reduction reported reduced stress and improvements in emotional distress as compared to those who did not...
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