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Shock Treatment, but For Children!


We love Skinner.

The original behaviorist, Skinner was an American psychologist most famous for his work with operant conditioning -- getting the desired behavior from a person or child through reinforcement, punishment and extinction.

But like Freud, Skinner's time was in the 1950s and the 1960s, a time when behaviorism was a fresh and new approach to tackling problems with human behavior and emotions -- a direct reaction to the psychoanalytic school of thought that was prevalent...

While Psychologists Try For Prescription Privileges…

It always pains me to read the latest news about how psychologists are making a new push to gain prescription privileges, state by state. Last year, psychologists attempts to gain prescription privileges was shot down in nine different states and approved in none.

Despite the multiple avenues open to allow professionals to prescribe (with appropriate experience and training), the professional field of clinical psychology believes its graduate school training in behavior and psychology somehow makes it special. It believes it should be given the...

Casualties of a System That Worked

Kathryn Faughey died for de-institutionalization. As did Daniel Parmeter and Catalina Garcia. And Ryanne Mace and Julianna Gehant. And Gale Dubowski.

In less than 48 hours six innocent people lost their lives and six families were thrust into unbearable agony.

In the evening...

Why ERs and Suicidal People Don’t Mix

Emergency rooms (ERs) across America are the daily front lines in trying to ward off death or serious disability for hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. They are constantly stressful arenas that pit skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses and health care workers against...

What’s That Smell? Internet Addiction Disorder in The News

It must be March, because "Internet addiction disorder" is again making the news rounds, spurred on by a new editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry. It published an editorial by Jerald J. Block, pushing for "Internet addiction disorder's" inclusion in the upcoming DSM-V. Block is an Oregon psychoanalytic psychiatrist, not a researcher. So I couldn't help but wonder what leads him to write such an editorial?


Dr. Block owns a patent on technology that can be used to restrict computer access....

Trusted Doesn’t Mean Accurate or Up-to-Date

Consumers are constantly told to look for "trusted" health content online (whatever that means), even though most consumers don't systematically look for any markers for an article's quality. And when they do, the markers have little relationship to actual article quality to begin with:


A new study published in the journal Cancer recently confirmed what Josh Seidman of the Center for Information Therapy has also written about: the display of the source and date on a page is not correlated with the presence...

Neither Black Nor White

Reading the Blogosphere can be sometimes frustrating. Virtually every issue is framed as a black-or-white argument. Yet life is far more complex and nuanced than that.

And we all know that in our hearts. Yet that doesn't stop people from rambling on and on about...