This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on the Army’s “mental health waiver” plan, FDA-approved medication with a digital ingestion sensor (yum), why you have recurring dreams and how you can control them, and more.
John McCain Is Threatening Trump’s Defense Nominees Over the Army’s Plan to Offer Mental-Health Waivers: While the Army says its plan to offer waivers for some mental health conditions is just a minor administrative change, Senator John McCain is threatening to slow down the confirmation process if the Pentagon doesn’t provide more thorough information — and more quickly. (UPDATE: Army Drops Plans to Give Waivers to Recruits With History of Mental Illness)
The Psychology Behind Eating Adventurously: Do you like trying new and exotic foods, or do you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true meals? Your reactions to food are part of your personality and could be connected with other behavior.
FDA Approves Schizophrenia Medication With Digital Ingestion Sensor: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets) which contain sensors that can be ingested and track whether or not a patient has taken the medication. The information transmits to a wearable patch, which sends the information to an app on the patients’ smartphones. Additionally, patients, caregivers, and clinicians can access the information through a web-based portal.
Pacifica Launches a New Online Therapy Service That Integrates With Its Self-Help App: Pacifica created its self-help app so more people could have access to more cognitive behavioral therapy services. Now the company is launching a Therapist Directory which will allow users to find a treatment provider, attend online consultation’s using Pacifica’s platform, and complete treatment exercises.
Preventing Adult Mental Disorders With Intervention at Kindergarten: New research from the UNSW Sydney School of Psychiatry suggests teachers might be able to detect children at risk of developing mental health disorders as early as kindergarten. The study, which involved children assessments and administrative records found that abuse or neglect before the age of five was the strongest predictor of whether a child would be at risk for mental illness in the future.