My prior blog discussed the insidious but solvable problem of chronic sleep loss. Now we look at how to establish a rapport with our sleep nature. First, we need to examine our attitude about sleep. Are we guided by prevailing Western cultural signals that sleep is down, unproductive time? Do we fret over losing our advantage or position? Our material, consumptive society bombards us with messages to excel in school, establish a profession, find that perfect employment, toil longer hours, or seek new horizons or challenges. Constant performance pressure and dodging threats activate the fight, flight or freeze responses and
Do psychologists (and other behavioral professionals) have “patients” or “clients”? The American Psychological Association passed a resolution recommending that the answer depend upon the type of services provided. If a psychologist is providing health services, such as psychotherapy, it’s best to use “patients,” according to a resolution passed by APA. However, if a psychologist works in an industrial/organizational, human resources, or other applied role, it makes more sense to say “clients.”
Sleep debt is common today, affecting millions of US adults at some point in their lives. You cannot re-finance or pay off this debt except by making sleep a priority in your life. Many Americans try to compress their sleep time as much as possible, thinking you can streamline the sleep process and squeeze more quality wake time into the 24-hour day. Doesn’t work that way. 7-9 hours of sleep on average for adults is recommended, based on a consensus of sleep professionals.
I attended a presentation about PSYPACT for the Minnesota Board of Psychology on Friday, May 17. Alex Segal, PhD, JD, presented on behalf of the PSYPACT parent organization, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). He is a psychologist and attorney, and is the Direct of Professional Affairs at ASPPB. He also was staff to the APA/ASPPB/The Trust (at that time, The Trust was APA’s medical malpractice organization) Joint Task Force on Telepsychology. PSYPACT is an “interstate compact.” This is a legal structure that was created by the US Constitution to allow states to negotiate form, legally binding
Here is a link to an excellent summary for the average person, very understandable, of current info about how to tell if you are depressed, or “in a slump.” It also provides info about things you can do (supported by research) to feel better.