World of Psychology

Ambien Outrage

"Sleep-driving" while under the influence of Ambien has captured wide attention and continues to be an alarming problem. Ambien (zolpidem) is one of the new "Z" drugs used as sleeping pills that are popular in commercials and doctors' sample cupboards. But alternatives exist (most...

7 Challenges of Psychotherapy

Every treatment has its downsides. Medications have side effects and it can often feel like a revolving door trying to find one (or a combination of a few) that work for any particular person. And while medications' side effects are well-publicized, few articles are...

Let the Data Speak? No, Not Always

Frank L. Schmidt, a respected professor and researcher at the University of Iowa, gave a talk at the Association for Psychological Science's 20th convention on Saturday about how scientific data can lie. Yes, that's right, empirical data -- even that published in respected, peer-reviewed...

Are Poster Sessions an Anachronism?

I'm enjoying a little sunshine and fresh air in Chicago this weekend, attending (and presenting at) the Association for Psychological Science's 20th annual convention. I love Chicago – it's one of America's great cities and I believe everyone should have a chance to visit it in their lifetime.

However, as I sifted through the program, I noticed that literally half the dictionary-sized program was taken up by brief summaries (or abstracts) of what are called "posters." Posters in convention parlance means a paper, usually...

ADHD and Food Additives

Last week, we noted the BMJ published an editorial about a possible link between certain food colorings and a common preservative, and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). The author referred readers to a single study published late last year that showed -- in children without ADHD -- that there was a correlation between drinking certain experimental liquid concoctions and hyperactive behavior in some of the children studied.

I'm not sure why the BMJ published this editorial nearly 8 months after the study was published,...

Coping with Combat PTSD

With the annual Memorial Day weekend upon us, I thought it might be a good time to look a little more closely at posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD occurs after experiencing or witnessing an extremely traumatic, terrifying or tragic event. Combat PTSD is more common in soldiers who have experienced active military action on the battlefield. There's no rhyme or reason as to why some soldiers can perform well on the battlefield with no problems, while some get PTSD. Sometimes the symptoms of...

Postpartum Depression in Men

You think postpartum depression only strikes in women?

Nope, men experience depression after the baby is born too. While more rare a condition, if left untreated it can affect both the newborn baby and mom just as much as mom's postpartum depression can. (Postpartum depression simply refers to an episode of clinical depression experienced after a baby is born.)

News and World Report has the story:

Ten percent of new fathers and 14 percent of new mothers are affected by depression, says psychologist James F....

A Scary Bipolar Child Story

Meet Max.

He's a 10 year old who's gone through a lifetime of trials and tribulations already.

And he was profiled in this story in Newsweek about children with bipolar disorder.

Max had an unusual childhood, according to the article:

Max never slept through the night, and neither did she. He cried for hours at a time. He banged his head against his crib and screamed until his face burned red. Nursing, cuddling, pacifiers—none of them helped. At 2 , at 3, at 4 and 5...