The 10-6-14 edition of the Star Tribune had an article about alternative models for providing mental health services, “Experimental clinic provides mental care without the wait: can the the minute-clinic model work for mental health treatment?” This article covers a lot of territory. It primarily focuses on a novel service provided by HCMC, a walk-in clinic providing mental health services. The clinic currently only services patient who have an existing relationship with an HCMC mental health provider.
FastCompany.com had a posting on 10-1-14 about interesting consumer technology, “How I Wore A Brainwave-Reading Headset For A Week And Learned to Calm My Mind.” It provides a summary of how EEG devices have evolved from specialized, and expensive, medical equipment to consumer devices that are potentially more affordable, with prices ranging from $99 to $399. Of course, you get more with the more expensive devices.
University of Minnesota neuroscientist David Redish, Ph.D., was featured in a Sports Illustrated article, “Brain Games: a top neuroscientist explains how difficult it is to master an NFL playbook.” Dr. Redish provided helpful information, based on his research about human decision making processes, about the difference between the “deliberative system,” which is relatively slower, and the “procedural system,” which is located in part of the brain that it totally separate from the deliberative system and has a relatively quicker process of analyzing data and making a decision.
The Minnesota Psychological Association sponsored a presentation by Eric Harris, Ed.D., J.D, on Sept. 18, 2014 about ethical dilemmas in our current complex and challenging practice environment. Dr. Harris works for the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust and is an expert on how to reduce risk of complaints, malpractice litigation and other potentially severe problems. He spent a lot of time talking about the challenges, and risks, presented by information on the Internet about psychologists and other mental health professionals. Sometimes the information is posted by the professional, and sometimes it is posted by others. Among Dr. Harris’ recommendations was that we
Slate.com published an article on 9-29-14 that assesses “sluggish cognitive tempo”, potential new mh disorder. The article is entitled “The Daydream Disorder: is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?” This article covers a lot of territory, including background about how mental health diagnoses become established as “official,” questions about whether “big pharma” is overly involved in establishing new diagnoses (and therefore able to market their products for them), and questions about whether some mh diagnoses pathologize relatively normal behavioral problems.