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Which sub-field of psychology is the best for a research focus on complex trauma?

Which sub-field of psychology is the best option for a research focus on complex trauma (CPTSD)? I want to apply for a PhD in psychology. I like research, but like clinical works too. However, my main ...
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Do psychiatrists take into account affects on the different serotonin receptor types and subtypes when cycling anti-depressants in patients?

If someone is going through SSRIs to find one that works, doesn't it make sense to target each receptor in turn rather than the same one with different drugs (like prozac and zoloft, for example)? Is ...
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Calculating Intra-Assay Coefficient of Variance

I am using cortisol data for my master's thesis and I need to report inter-assay and intra-assay coefficient of variance [CV]. In my study, we collected vials of saliva at 5 different time points. The ...
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Can a psychiatrist himself need psychological help after working with a mentally ill patient and how can he protect himself from this? [duplicate]

A psychiatrist identifies mental disorders and pathologies, diagnoses, treats and prevents them. Process of implementing non-pharmacological psychological correction of the patient’s psycho-emotional ...
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Preregistration questions sample/outliers

HI I'm extremely new to research and my professor asked me to complete a preregistration for a project he wants to co author. However, I am stuck because the preregistration he asked me to complete ...
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Is Observational Guidance in Research a Must? (Requires Research Advice)

I have a problem with a research. The variable I study is coping and the approach I take is qualitative. Usually, in qualitative research, the use of interview and observation guides is a must in my ...
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Can you use a test for clinical purposes if it is available in a public thesis?

The situation is as follows: say you find a Phd/ MSc thesis on a university's online library. In the Appendix part of the thesis, there is a copy of the psychometric tools used, for e.g the digit span ...
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Are social anxiety disorder and selective mutism classified as communication disorders?

I've been trying to figure this out for a long time, but I don't understand much about classification of disorders and I feel uncertain after looking at the definitions. Based on what I've read, I ...
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2-month contract in a remote area with night shifts; any clinical studies I should be interested in if I'd like to cope?

I've recently taken a 2-month contract in a remote part of the country where I'll be doing night shifts for all of it. I've done night shift work in the past without much issue, but I've never been ...
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Is it unethical for a psychiatrist to invite a patient and her husband to a social function?

Suppose Emma is a patient of psychiatrist Dr. Jones, in New York State. In the course of their visits, Emma mentions that part of the stress and anxiety she feels is because of the pressure her ...
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Term for how anxiety makes people think abnormally?

For a paper I'm writing, I want to make a point about how anxiety changes the way people think - i.e., the same person in the same situation might think differently depending on whether or not they ...
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Default Mode Network and: hyper-connectivity, hypo-connectivity, interconnectivity and intraconnectivity

I have been reading into DMN and its relationship to psychopathology. However, in some papers I have noticed terminology that mentioned hypo-,hyper-,inter-, and intraconnectivity. While I understand ...
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What are the differences between a career in clinical psychology vs psychiatry? [closed]

Hey everyone I need help, I’m kind of in a difficult situation right now. I’m currently doing a bachelor's degree in psychology and am really enjoying it. The degree includes clinical psychology so ...
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Can EXTREME distress push a person who already suffers from General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder into a more severe mental condition?

I recently finished reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl which explores some of the psychological explanations behind surviving something as horrific as concentration camps. I would like ...
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Does CBT help with non-sexual crime recidivism rates?

In the same vain as a previous question I asked, (Are Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTPs) effective?) I am wondering if CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based therapies and interventions have ...
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Lunar cycles linked with mental health issues?

From what I can find... Anecdotally, my mother used to work in nursing homes for the elderly and found that around the full moon, patients slept less and were more agitated. Anecdotal evidence ...
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Is there a specific protocol for fixing time-laps/synchronization issues?

Let's take an extreme case as an example. Let's say someone is in a coma for 8 years and then wakes up. Does anyone know if there is a defined clinical psychology/fucntional psychology protocol/...
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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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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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