Psychology in the public eye: Coffee table book about psych testing – weird, creepy and classics tests

Courtesy of the @info_Psicologos twitter feed, “The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing” was published by Wired Magazine on 8-17-16. This article features pictures and commentary of some quaint tests, some scary tests, and even a few that are still in use, such as the Rorschach, based on a book that will be published soon, “Psychobook.”

ADHD, two posts: Link to review of “ADHD Nation”, and “sugar high” – myth or reality?

“ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of An American Epidemic” was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review on 8-28-16.  This book describes the origins of stimulant medication, way back in the 1930s, how “big pharma,” psychiatry and others pushed expanded criteria for ADHD and prescribing for kids, and the resulting epidemic of ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication.

Integrated care updates: psychology and obesity, exercise, how to talk about difficult issues

A study finds that obesity is associated with increased risk of “at least 13 types of cancer,” and advocates for behavioral changes to reduce weight – PCPs are likely to need behavioral help with this. Another study questions whether it is possible to exercise too much and harm the brain. MD’s are talking about whether to ask their patients if they want to discuss touchy issues, such as weight, excessive drinking, etc.  Mental health professionals should ask the same questions.

Scott Miller on evidence-informed therapy and tips for engaging and retaining patients

“Dodos and Dropouts: Two Chronic Problems in Psychotherapy (and what clinicians can do about Them)” was posted by Scott Miller, PhD, on 8-16-16. The “dodos” part of the title refers to his take on recent research comparing dynamic therapy cognitive therapy, which found that to be equivalent. He finds his research to fit with previous research that finds, “nothing works for everyone. To find the right path, therapists, and the people they serve, need choice.”