Bariatric surgery can result in relationship changes- probably, but not certainly, for the better

Bariatric surgery can result in relationship changes- probably, but not certainly, for the better

Associations of Bariatric Surgery with Changes in Interpersonal Relationship Status: Results From 2 Swedish Cohort Studies finds it bariatric surgery is associated with both increased incidence of divorce/separation and marriage/new relationship. The study had 2,010 participants, and a matched (obesity) control group. The surgery group had twice the incidence of marriage/new relationship after surgery compared with controls. Those with the best outcome from surgery had a higher incidence of marriage/new relationship outcomes. After four years, the cumulative incidence of divorce/separation was almost twice as high for the surgery group as for the control group. The authors theorize that the incidence

Getting started with telemental health: training resources

Getting started with telemental health: training resources

Providing telehealth, or telemental health,  services is an opportunity for mental health professionals to expand their practice, meet the expectations of an increasingly technology-savvy patient/client population, and to help meet the needs of underserved populations.  You will, however, need to be knowledgeable about requirements that are unique to telemental health to ensure that you are properly prepared  – including being knowledgeable about both clinical and regulatory risks. Also, you will need to document to some insurance companies that you are properly prepared in order to bill for telemental health services. There three primary issues that you will need to address,

MHConcierge Survey: MN Psychologists and Telehealth Services

MHConcierge Survey:  MN Psychologists and Telehealth Services

Thanks to the 35 colleagues who responded to this survey!  For my 6 previous MHConcierge surveys, I sent an invitation to participate in to a variety of listservs, social networking sites – and a list that purchased from the MN Board of Psychology.  The MBOP list provided the majority of responses. While preparing for the current survey, I learned that the services that I use (Survey Monkey and MailChimp) both forbid using purchased lists.  Therefore, I chose to not risk trouble with those services (and MBOP),  and did not use the MBOP list – but unfortunately have much lower numbers

New Personality Test Based on Temperament, Neurology

“Are You A ‘Testosterone’ or A ’Dopamine’?” Reports on a new brain-based personality test designed to help people better understand both their own psychology and their relationships, particularly romantic ones. The test, the Fisher Temperament Index, identifies  four brain systems that have been linked by research to personality traits. It was developed a biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, who set out to develop a personality test to replace tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Creativity and Depression – linked? Study finds “it depends”

“Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression” was posted by the British Psychological Society Research Digest online blog on 1-3-18. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews research recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The researchers surveyed almost 3000 studies of the relationship between creativity and mood disorders, and selected 36 for analysis.