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What is the best method for identifying single participants in EMA studies?

I am currently working on an ecological momentary assessment research project. I can't seem to find a clear answer in literature review to this question. My problem is when observations reach to ...
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Cognitive overtraining syndrome

Since at least the late 80's, overtraining syndrome has been extensively studied and discussed in the field of sport medicine. It is know considered as an established entity, yet its pathophysiology ...
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Cannot find a journal paper on a study on caffeine, even though it is registered at clinicaltrials.gov

Can somebody help me find the following study: Effects of Low Doses of Caffeine on Mood, Physiology and Mental Function, listed under trial identifier NCT00487227 on ClinicalTrials.gov. It's a very ...
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Can someone get mentally retarded suddenly?

Can someone, after having anger to a large level or anxiety to a large level, develop mental retardation? In simple words, can someone being normal and mental sound, become mentally retarded in just a ...
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Email per day - mental practitioner

How many emails per day does a mental practitioner receive per day? I do not find an estimate. There are anecdotal accounts, such as here and here; here answers go from 50 to 200 emails per day. There ...
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research based criteria domain and DSM5

Is there any major difference between the two classification systems ? and why is there no awareness as of yet about research based domain for classifying mental disorders when it for the larger part ...
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What are the benefits or pitfalls of including an aggregate score (sum or average) for 3 measures of well-being?

I am asking this question to assist with my work in the setting described below, and am working on the below mentioned spreadsheet as I write this. I thought this could be an interesting question to ...
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What is the difference between a clinical inventory and personal inventory?

I was looking at different phyc products online and notice that some inventories are called personal inventories and some are called clincal. This made me wonder if this was just the name the ...
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PTSD is an internalising disorder or mixed?

I am a bit confused. In an open access article (Caspi, et al. 2020), is the following — under Methods: Assessing Psychopathology (emphasis mine): [...] externalizing disorders (ie, attention-deficit/...
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Relationships Between Specific Behavioral Characteristics Associated With Clinical Diagnosis of Narcissists & Sociopaths

In the past 3½ decades, I've discussed, read, and studied a significant number of mental health practitioner claims, random anecdotal experiences, and clinical study abstract summaries & reports ...
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Prepare for a counseling session

I'm a college student, and I utilize the free counseling service on campus. Once a therapist told me to register for a shorter session because he didn't think I needed 1 hour and he wanted to be more ...
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Why does Daniel Kahneman describe these group of therapy-seeking individuals as psychopaths?

From the book, Thinking Fast and Slow (Kahneman, 2011): You will from time to time meet a patient who shares a disturbing tale of multiple mistakes in his previous treatment. He has been seen by ...
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Psychological Diagnostic Test

Can a person sway the results of their Psychiatric diagnosis test? Say a person has a mental illness that is more serious that they want to accept, if they know enough about Psychology, can they gear ...
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Laughing as a psychological defense when nervous

Say a persons experienced a scarring event in their life (ptsd), and so their mind has developed defense in which they laugh uncontrollably whenever their nervous. This is similar to Joker 2019, ...
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Is it okay to measure only a subset of the Big Five such as neuroticism and extraversion in research?

I recently received this question via email and thought it might be of broader relevance: I am writing as I am interested in using measures of personality in some clinical psychology research. ...
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What is the difference between personality disorder and other types of mental illness?

From Personality disorders - Mayo Clinic: A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a ...
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Is serotonin syndrome something we can predict before it happens? [closed]

I’m taking currently two antidepressants. Will adding a third or fourth antidepressant to my treatment plan cause serotonin syndrome?
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Cases of psychopathy

According to this Learning-Mind website, the 3 basic behaviors of a person which indicate likely psychopathy are Unhealthy obsession around arson Cruelty to animals Bed wetting after the age of ...
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Comorbidity of Neurodevelopmental Disorders between them and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3416662/ OCD being an anxiety disorder and OCPD being a personality disorder it is entirely possible that these two can be present on the same patient. ...
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Relation between L-glutamine supplementation and risk of schizophrenia

There is the glutamate hypothesis of schizophrenia. Which tells you that excessive levels may increase the risk of obtaining schizophrenia. L-glutamine turns into glutamate directly. Does this mean ...
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Is thought disorder directly treatable with pharmacotherapy?

Thought disorder is usually secondary to psychosis or schizophrenia. But there are those that have some form of thought disorder without any positive psychotic symptoms. Is there any medication ...
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What are the ethics (for clinical psychiatrists) of posting videos on Youtube with poorly-worded guidance about disorders?

I've watched a few Youtube videos about dealing with narcissists and I noticed a few patterns. Videos. The videos appear to be genuine attempts to provide some help to people who are dealing with ...
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Would a diagnosis from a layman be legitimate if it follows the definition of the disorder?

Assuming a layman with no formal training (person A) says "person B has disorder X". A should not make such diagnosis because they don't have the training. But if A does that because it fits the ...
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Is this dissociation, depersonalization, or is there a better term? [closed]

I am attempting to find the term that describes a bizarre and terrifying experience I recently had. As background: I was the subject of a severe violent assaulted at age 12, now 30 years ago. I have ...
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Is it reasonable to leave a therapy session feeling worse? [closed]

I apologize for (possibly) violating the only rule that shows up when you're about to ask a question: ask questions that can be answered rather than discussed. But I'm hoping this question might ...
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What are the standard mental health tests that are available online?

Are there standard mental health tests available online with score interpretations? For example, if someone was interested in getting a grasp on their mental condition before seeing a psychologist/...
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Are there any benefits to having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is a chronic mental health disorder. It is a major handicap when trying to lead a normal life. But are there any positive effects of having the disorder? Is there any such thing as high ...
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Use of Botulinum toxin A (botox) to treat depression and its effect on fight/flight repsonse

Over in Health.SE, @faustus provided a couple of references to papers which suggest the use of Botulinum toxin A (BTA) - otherwise known as botox - to treat depression — Magid, et al. (2015a) and ...
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Resources about relaxation training as used in CBT

I’m looking for resources about the relaxation training component of CBT. I had a professor who spent a good deal of time on it in class, but I’m no longer attending that school and he’s notoriously ...
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How does Brief Strategic Therapy (Nardone model) compare to other psychotherapies in efficacy?

Based on Paul Watzlawick et al.'s work in Brief Therapy, Giorgio Nardone & Paul Watzlawick (2005) developed specific protocols for treatment for several distinct psychological disorders, such as ...
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Assessments of depression: Does the rate of false positives vary between the qualification of those testing?

A friend recently asked me an interesting question to which I couldn't find the answer. Does the accuracy of depression assessments vary by the profession i.e. Nurse, GP Vs Clinical Psychologist, ...
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The Effects of Hate [closed]

EDITED QUESTION: Many people insist that hate is a bad thing from a philosophical or ethical perspective. But many people in the CogSci community go one step further and claim that hate is bad in the ...
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What are the best known causes and treatments for apathy?

Has any extensive research been done into what the most common causes of apathy are and are there any treatments with a highly reported success rate? If so, what are these? For clarification of what ...
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Examples of interventions that yield large long term effect sizes in psychology

I was listening to a podcast entitled Very Bad Wizards, hosted by two university academics. One of the hosts, namely David Pizarro who is a psychologist at Cornell made the claim that most ...
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Is “gaslighting” a mainstream concept in the cognitive sciences?

The term "gaslighting" (referring to abusive manipulation of the facts to confuse victims) is common in pop-psychology sources, and I have friends who report that their psychologists or psychiatrists ...
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What is the current status of Paraphrenia?

First mentioned by Kalbhaum in 1863, and better known by Kraepelin's descriptions in 1912, paraphrenia seems to be forgotten after the publication of DSM-III. It is always described by its nosology, ...
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Double blindedness in a fully remote trial

We are planning to do a fully remote clinical trial to test an online intervention for depression. We will be using a self-rated PHQ-9 at base-line, post intervention, and 90 days follow-up to test ...
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What safeguards are in place to prevent abuse of power?

In the U.S., what safeguards are in place to prevent a mentally ill, or just spiteful or incompetent, psychiatrist / psychologist from abusing their position of power? Assuming the person is already ...
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Does risk of developing depression continue to increase after age 60?

Age is a risk factor for depression when we look at the entire lifespan. Does that hold true in a population of >60 years old?
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How can a narcissist be given negative feedback without triggering aggressive behavior?

I've interacted with several individuals over the years that had narcissistic personality disorder. In particular, I find I have difficulty navigating their nebulous relationship with truth and find ...
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Daily Life of Clinical Psycologist [closed]

What is the daily routine of a clinical psycologist? Granted, schedules fluctuate and people have different personal lives. I am writing a story that has a character with the same occupation.
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Awareness of unconditional positive regard

When Unconditional Positive Regard is in use through several therapy sessions and a client asks about this technique. What explanation should be given?
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How to generate networks for dynamic emotion modelling

In Figure 1 (shown below) of "Micro-Level Affect Dynamics in Psychopathology Viewed From Complex Dynamical System Theory" by Wichers et al, they claim that the emotional/affective dynamics of networks ...
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Rationale behind an “all-or-nothing” design for a test for the purposes of diagnosis and epidemology

In the Autism-Spectrum Quotient test, the subject is confronted with fifty statements such as: I don’t particularly enjoy reading fiction. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again. and ...
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How can a maternity refusal syndrome be prevented or treated?

Despite being rare, a maternal refusal syndrome can have devasting consequences on children, spouse, and the mother herself. It appears indeed that occasionally women don't bond that well to their ...
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Adult talking in the 3rd person when talking about himself [closed]

The therapist asked John "Tell me about yourself?" John starting talking about himself, his upbringing and his family. However Instead of using the word "I" he mostly uses the ...
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What techniques have been shown to improve a self-defeatist attitude?

I suppose this is a bit relative to each and every person, but in general those who are defeatists tend to view the potential outcomes of new actions negatively. Have any therapy techniques been shown ...
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How do clinicians control for their own mental disorders?

Has any research been done on how clinicians' (either internists or psychiatrists) known psychological conditions influence the diagnoses, misdiagnoses, and prognoses they make? And, related to that, ...
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Why is the initial first-line response to a psychological problem not a brain scan?

I get the impression most people having a cognitive problem are encouraged to see either a psychologists or psychiatrists (the actual medical doctors) to engage in verbal or pharmaceutical therapy. I ...
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How would a psychopath deem their actions?

I understand that a psychopath experiences diminished or non-existent empathy and remorse as well as dis-inhibition meaning that they have a certain 'meanness' and a poor impulse control. I am ...