MHConcierge posts for 5-27-21: Local resources and innovators

U of MN psychologist Rochelle Moen, PhD, LP is interviewed about psychological and social challenges of post-COVID reintegration, offers tips for adjusting. Many are feeling cautious, or even anxious, about not wearing a mask and having more contact with others.  Dr. Moen offers tips for when to push adjustment vs “go slow,” “progressive exposure” to change, evaluating the accuracy of concerns/anxieties, and more.  From:  MinnPost.com’s mental health beat. When families are engaged in medical primary care, outcomes improve and medical providers benefit, too.  This commentary provides reviews several models for providing integrative, or as MHConcierge prefers, interprofessional, services.  It also

Posts for 5-16-21: an emerging discussion about psychedelic-assisted therapy

Posts for 5-16-21: an emerging discussion about psychedelic-assisted therapy

Research on psychedelic-assisted therapy is attracting interest from university research centers, investors Current research is promising and increasingly supportive of the benefits of psilocybin, MDNA  and ketamine for depression, autism, PTSD, opioid addiction, anorexia and event anxiety associated with a terminal illness. But, the research has been on small groups and there may be unintended side effects.  Inventors are still eager to find programs and clinics to invest in.  From: NYTimes.com Twin Cities-based mental health clinic offers ketamine-assisted therapy, plans to add MDMA and psilocybin versions when approved.   The clinic, the Institute for Integrative Therapies, provides info about “psychedelic therapy

Posts for 5-10-21, technology innovations, resources

Posts for 5-10-21, technology innovations, resources

Phone app can identify autism symptoms in toddlers – from Duke U., study of almost 1K toddlers, using an app that assesses eye gaze patterns while watching short movies, assesses whether the toddler looked more at humans or objects. From: NeuroscienceNews.com “7 Tips to Build an Enthusiastic Following For Your Facebook Business Page” discusses the advantages of having a FB business page and what you can do to make it interesting and engaging.  From: BrighterVision.com “Live psychotherapy by video versus in-person: A meta-analysis of efficacy and its relationship to types and targets of treatment” – reviewed 103 studies, found video-delivered

The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM, Licensed Psychologist   April 2021 What price do we pay for irregular sleep-wake patterns and circadian clock mistiming? One cost is an unhappy and dysregulated gut. Our central circadian clock, residing in a concentration of cells in the hypothalamus of our brain and referred to as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, engages in cross-talk with all our peripheral organs, including the liver and gastrointestinal tract. This communication occurs along hormonal and neural pathways with signaling playing an important role in our mental and physical wellbeing. The gut operates on a daily rhythm just like our alertness,