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Tsara Shelton: The Brain Broad Builds A Brain: New Podcast Sheds Light On Mental Health Lynette Louise aka The Brain Broad (aka my mom) has a brand new podcast. Inviting a different guest with a history of brain knowledge for every episode, together they'll explore a mental disorder chosen at random. With creativity, brain science, and out of the box thinking they discuss what might be done to help that brain using all the tools in their toolbox.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: How we treat is more important than the treatment! The way we relate to people is more important than what we do in both medicine and psychiatry. Randomized, clinical trials of the drug, citalopram, for geriatric depression, for example, showed that where a patient got treated mattered more than what drug they received. The response rate to citalopram varied from 16% to 82% among 15 hospitals. The time is nigh to improve the human elements in what we do be more helpful. 2 2 Comment Count
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: To Do and Not To Be I reflect upon the importance of doing, what is called behavioral activation. In order to change, we need to do things differently, and not just think about doing things differently. Unfortunately, conventional medicine has supported a narrative which tells us that we do not have to make an effort to change our behavior, so people who are depressed or anxious don't believe they need to do anything. We need to change this.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Day 3 of Australia 2013: Indigenous Energy Medicine On day 3 of our cross-cultural journey in Australia we are at a camp where we are sharing Native North American concepts of energy medicine, particularly Cherokee bodywork/osteopathy and energy medicine and psychology (aka "doctoring"). We discover again how similar these concepts and practices are to those of indigenous Australia and New Zealand and how all people heal through touching the body and its energy. 1 1 Comment Count
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Problem Based Learning Problem-based learning has become the norm for much of medical education, yet other disciplines are slower to adopt it. I muse about how to integrate PBL (as if is called) into the on-line psychology teaching environment and consider student objections. This essay was prompted by the comments of two students who were strongly opposed to PBL and gave me the opportunity to reflect upon its strengths and weaknesses.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Reflections on Teaching Statistics Again I have the role of being the statistics teacher for a graduate psychology program in which students don't like statistics. I discover my hidden assumptions about students which may be relevant to life and to psychotherapy also. I reflect upon our attitudes toward math in North America and how different that is from Asian cultures. I reflect upon some students' resistance to problem-based learning and what that means.
Saberi Roy: The Psychology of Fantasy On the role of the conscious mind in fantasy and studying the uses, functions and stages of fantasy
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Beyond Narrative Therapy: Day 11 of the Australian Journey On Day 11, we engaged in dialogue about the narrative therapy of Michael White, which is what most people in Australia and the United States index, when we say narrative practices, and the narrative practices of indigenous people. While we deeply respect Michael White's contributions to psychology and humanity, we present him as one branch on a tree of narrative in which indigenous people live in the trunk and the roots. 1 1 Comment Count
Saberi Roy: The Psychology of Family On the need to study family structures and family interactions in the Psychology of Family
Saberi Roy: The Psychology of Fear On fear as feeling and fear as emotion and the study of fear in anxiety and phobia
Vijayaraghavan Padmanabhan: Health Care Needs a Fundamentally New Approach Health of man is considered to have the components of physical, mental and social well-being. The state of spiritual health of an individual being intangible is left out. This has perforce reduced the consideration of man as a sum of parts, whose malfunction lead to a diseased state. Recent advances in psychology and psychoneuroimmunology now suggest that spiritual health needs to be rightfully included in Health Care matters.
Saberi Roy: The Psychology of Empathy Describing empathy and delineating the stages of empathy along with the theoretical and therapeutic implications
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: More on the Politics of Indian Identity Based upon comment on last weeks, "More Indian than Thou" essay, I continue my musings about the politics of Indian identity. I explore the fundamentalist response which argues that pure bloods are more Indian than mixed bloods and that non-status Indians have no business reading about, participating in, or even being interested in aboriginal culture. I argue that this would, in fact, allow the U.S. government to succeed. 1 1 Comment Count
Saberi Roy: The Psychology of Emotions Explaining emotions and distinguishing feeling and bodily reaction.
Ash Rehn: What is Sex Addiction? Questions from a Narrative Psychotherapy Perspective This article examines the problems with the idea of Sex Addiction, and the possibilities for revealing more helpful and relevant understandings of problems that come from using the techniques of Narrative Therapy. 1 1 Comment Count
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Ash Rehn: Using Life Metaphors in Gay Counselling & Psychotherapy Metaphors provide a way for clients and therapists to work in partnership in counselling and psychotherapy. This article examines the use of metaphors in gay counselling to assist clients to come to their own interpretations and start finding answers and solutions to problems about relationships, friendship and trust. 1 1 Comment Count
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Psychology and Health Care Reform A lunch meeting with Dr. Martin Johnson, a Honolulu psychologist, taught me much about how mental health coverage will change under health care reform. Insurance companies will have to provide mental health coverage on par with their coverage of medical conditions. But, who will be credentialed to provide these services? remains a question. Credentialing could limit access to services by limiting the numbers of providers. 1 1 Comment Count
Ash Rehn: A Starter Conversation for Problems with Alcohol. When faced with an alcohol problem many people describe themselves as sick, diseased or alcoholic. This article offers an alternative way of thinking about problem drinking by considering the power of alcohol and the opportunity to change the relationship one has with alcohol.

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