New Scam: “Your Top Doctor Award plaque is ready to be shipped”

New Scam: “Your Top Doctor Award plaque is ready to be shipped”

MHConcierge recently received a phone call from an area code that raised a red flag, so sent it into voicemail.  The call came from 631-615-8284. Here is the message: Hello, Dr. Sethre This is Megan Gardena calling in regards to your 2018 Top Dr. Award. Your plaque is being processed, and we just need verification tomake sure everything is accurate before we send it out to you. Please contact me today at 877. 247.0879 at Extension 112 I look forward to speaking with you.

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Three articles with info for parents with troubled kids; family meals, anxiety, guilt

Three articles with info for parents with troubled kids; family meals, anxiety, guilt

Associations Between Early Family Meal Environment Quality and Later Well-Being in School-Age Children reports on a study of 1492 children and their parents that found that children whose families eat meals together at age 6 have “higher levels of general fitness and lower levels of soft drink consumption, physical aggression, oppositional behavior, nonaggressive delinquency, and reactive aggression at age 10.” The authors recommend that health care professionals and social workers talk with parents about the importance of eating meals as a family as part of home-based interventions to promote healthy child development. This article comes to our attention courtesy of ScienceBlog.com.

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Brief article with evidence-based tips to improve the diagnosis of BPD, helps with better treatment

Brief article with evidence-based tips to improve the diagnosis of BPD, helps with better treatment

Improving the recognition of borderline personality disorder reports on research that finds that BPD tends to be underdiagnosed and as a result effective treatment is delayed, sometimes for up to a decade or more. The author recommends using an evidence based approach to determine which patients get screened for BPD, particularly patients with MDD, bipolar, PTSD, or panic disorder with Agoraphobia symptoms. This article is posted on 12-24-17 by Current Psychiatry blog.

A brief research report on the benefits of exercise for smoking cessation

A brief research report on the benefits of exercise for smoking cessation

How exercise is key to successfully quitting smoking reports on research that finds that even moderate intensity exercise “markedly” reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Researchers theorize that exercise helps by increasing the activation of a brain receptor that is the target of nicotine, based on research using mice. There is other research evidence that supports the benefits of exercise to help cope with nicotine withdrawal, but the authors caution, “the mechanisms mediating this effect are unclear.” This article was posted by the science daily blog on 12-21-17.

3 Articles About the Cognitive Benefits of Brief (10 minutes!) Exercise

3 Articles About the Cognitive Benefits of Brief (10 minutes!) Exercise

Building upon an emerging body of research that supports the mental health and, in particular, cognitive, benefits of exercise, researchers are assessing the lower threshold for these benefits – and getting surprising results for very brief, but moderately intensive, exercise.  These results support the benefits of mental health clinicians routinely asking patients/clients about their activity level, and “prescribing” brief, and doable, “doses” of exercise/activity.

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MH DHS revised guidelines for Brief Diagnostic Assessments – Actually Makes Them More Brief

MH DHS revised guidelines for Brief Diagnostic Assessments – Actually Makes Them More Brief

As of 12-17-17, DHS significantly reduced the requirements for Brief DAs, and increased the number of therapy sessions that can be provided prior to completing the Brief DA to three sessions.  These changes delete eight previously required sections, making the Brief DA truly more brief.

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Survey of Fees Charged by MN Psychologists for Common Services

Survey of Fees Charged by MN Psychologists for Common Services

MHConcierged posted a request to a list provided by the MN Board of Psychology (available for $5 on the MBOP website) requesting participating in this survey.  The survey was sent out on 10-10-17, with the expectation of posting a summary of the results 2 weeks later (a previous version was sent out on 10-8-17 with a technical glitch – apologies to those who responded promptly and enthusiastically to that one).

I knew that such a survey was novel – was not aware of any previous similar survey, at least locally – but I did not anticipate the consternation that some colleagues would express about such a survey.  So, I had to delay posting to research some questions that were raised – and is often the case, the research led to some other questions.  These questions have been resolved to my satisfaction, and I am now pleased to be able to post the results.

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Tips for Increasing Happiness – Resources for Therapists and Patients/Clients

Tips for Increasing Happiness – Resources for Therapists and Patients/Clients

“How to Be Happy” describes research done by behavioral (psychological) scientists who study what helps people to be happy.  They find that happiness does just come on it’s own, and there are some things that people can do to increase their happiness – or least the chances of being happier. Of course, there are some things that reduce changes of happiness, too.  The article discusses three categories of happiness resources: mind, body and environmental changes.

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