APA Endorses the March for Science

APA Endorses the March for Science

The American Psychological Association, along with many other scientific professional organizations, has endorsed the March. APA’s statement includes:

“The American Psychological Association stands in support of the mission, principles and goals of the march.”

According to the national March for Science website, there are a total of 6 “satellite” marches in MN:   According to the local site, over 6,000 people plan to attend so far, and they even have local shirts, but only available for order by mail until March 13.

PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (

PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (<5%) rate

ScienceBlog posted “Depression Screening Rates in Primary Care Remain Low” on 2-20-17.  This article reviews the results of a study that found that, in spite of efforts to increase depression screening in PCP offices, less than 5% of adult patients are actually screened.

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Leading neuroscientist opposes use of the “brain disease” model for addictions

Leading neuroscientist opposes use of the “brain disease” model for addictions

From The ScienceofUs blog, “There’s a Downside to Viewing Addiction As a Brain Disease” on 2-21-17. The original article, “Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice,” was posted by Nature.com, and was written by Carl L. Hart, Ph.D. He is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and on his website he describes himself as a “Scientist. Activist. Educator.”  He is a neuroscientist who advocates, “science should be driving out drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable.”

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Health care psychology: SAMHSA webinar about coordinating with PCPs for older adults

Health care psychology: SAMHSA webinar about coordinating with PCPs for older adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration – Center for Integrated Health Solutions presented a webinar, “Aging Well: Addressing Behavioral Health with Older Adults in Primary Care Settings” on 2-15-17. (to view the video, you must register.  It is 90 minutes.  I think that I have summarized the most important information.)

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For better or worse, the debate about diagnosing Trump is back!

For better or worse, the debate about diagnosing Trump is back!

For better or worse, discussion about whether it is proper to diagnose President Trump has returned at a national level.  mhconcierge has read several articles discussing the issues in the last week, and if you want to read just one article we recommend “Is it Kosher to Speculate About Donald Trump’s Mental Health?” as the one with the most balanced discussion.

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Opportunity to suggest changes to DSM 5!

Opportunity to suggest changes to DSM 5!

Are you dissatisfied with DSM 5?  Would you like to submit a proposal for improving it? The American Psychiatric Association is accepting proposals for “the addition, deletion or modification of diagnostic categories or criteria (including subtypes or specifiers), or to the text.” 

This announcement comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, Ph.D.