Op-Ed: Is Climate anxiety bad for the planet? is a provocative commentary that advocates for reframing, as APA calls it, “eco-anxiety.” From the article: ,,,the term runs the risk of pathologizing and depoliticizing the problem, making it solely a mental health concern rather than a systemic problem rooted in economic, historical and social structures. Assuaging individuals’ climate anxiety without challenging these systems only

addresses the symptoms, not the causes, and places the burden of fixing the problem on individuals.  And, We needn’t remove carbon from the atmosphere in one fell swoop to be effective in addressing climate change. We need to start where we are, use the talents we already have, and plug into groups and communities that are already doing the work. Building community around action should be our measure of success, and it can happen right now.  From: LATimes.com

MN psychologist Robin McLeod, Phd, LP, ABPP is selected for an elite White House online panel discussion about COVID vaccine resistance.  The panel was co-chaired by the US Surgeon General and the White House Vaccinations Coordinator. Dr. McLeod’s speaking time starts at about 27:15 and she focuses on the potential benefits of using motivational interviewing when having a discussion with a “vaccine-hesitant” person. The video is about 60 minutes.

New bill proposes to remove in-person requirements for telehealth buried in a new Medicare law.  The existing law requires Medicare recipients to see a provider in person within six months of getting telehealth services. The proposed law will remove this ‘in-person mandate.”  Senator Tina Smith, one of four senators sponsoring the legislation, noted that telehealth was key to accessing treatment for Medicare patients during the public emergency: “During the pandemic, telehealth helped eased Americans’ fears by allowing them to avoid the risk of visiting a hospital or clinic. Now we have the opportunity to build on this success, bypassing our bipartisan bill to make sure Medicare patients are able to access telemental health services without additional barriers.” Right on, Sen. Smith! From: telehealth.org

MN psychologist (and long-time associate of MHConcierge) has published, with 2 co-authors, “Virtual Delivery of Therapeutic Assessment: An Empirical Case Study.”  Obviously, this is a timely article about providing TA during these difficult times. From the abstract: This empirical case study was conducted to evaluate test validity, therapeutic alliance, and the clinician’s and client’s experience of a TA conducted virtually. The validity of test administration was evaluated by experts, who reviewed video of the administration and test results; no concerns regarding integrity and interpretability of the results were identified. Therapeutic alliance, session process, and virtual presence were measured after each session. Both clinician and client reported positive experiences.  From: Journal of Personality Assessment

Low-Dose Nitrous Oxide Shows Benefit for Resistant Depression – a one-hour treatment with low dose nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), is found to relieve symptoms of treatment-resistant major depression (TRMD). Treatments compared 25% nitrous oxide, 50% nitrous oxide, and placebo, with three monthly treatments. Both doses of nitrous oxide were found to be beneficial for 85% of participants. The lower dose had a lower risk of adverse effects. The study involved, however, only 28 subjects so these findings are pretty preliminary. From: Medscape.com

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