It is wise to do a browser search on yourself and your office periodically (see a previous posting, “Mental Health Professionals, Know Thy Internet Self- And Be Prepared for Potential Shocks!” for my surprising findings). What do you do, however, if you find that something troubling is included in the search results? Re/code.net, a helpful tech news site, posted an interesting online article on July 1, 2015, “Cleaning Up ‘Your Personal Brand’ Isn’t as Easy as You Think.”
The New York Times Sunday edition for 7-19-15 included a commentary by the psychiatrist Richard Friedman. He is a frequent contributor to the NYT and seems to have progressive attitudes about the benefits of psychological and other non-medicinal treatments. His current commentary, “Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis,” is a powerful summary of the limits of mental health medications and the benefits of therapy for many mental health patients.
For those who are interested in learning about the emerging use of meditation and Mindfulness-Based CBT (MBCBT), it can be challenging to keep up with the number of articles and research reports. Here is an excellent summary (courtesy of Robert Van Siclen, Ph.D., L.P, who posted about it on a Minnesota Psychological Association listserv), from the Research Digest blog published by the British Psychological Society: The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested The post includes, somewhat incredibly but probably accurately, “In 2012, 40 new papers on mindfulness were published every month, a number that has probably risen since.” No wonder it is hard
The Psychiatric Times published “The ‘Hateful Patient” Revisited: A Transactional View of Difficult Physician-Patient Relations” in the June, 2015 issue. This article is expands upon an article published 35 year ago, “Taking Care of the Hateful Patient,” which has been used in many medical training programs. The original article identified 4 “archetypes” of patients who displace their “conflicts of past and present personal life onto the clinical relationship.” The original article use a psychoanalytic perspective and based the understanding of the archetypes on attachment theory. The current article provides an update on the original, starting with, thankfully, replacing “hateful” with