Monthly Archives: November 2016

Psychotic Disorders in DSM-5

Major systems of classifying psychiatric disorders are revised to incorporate new knowledge and enhance clinical utility. With specific reference to revisions from DSM-IV to DSM-5, the changes in the section on schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders were made to address: Inadequate presentation of the heterogeneity of clinical syndromes Treatment of schizoaffective disorder as an […]

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Prenatal exposure to drugs: effects on brain development and implications for policy and education

Many legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol can produce more severe deficits on brain development than some illicit drugs such as cocaine. However, erroneous and biased interpretations of the scientific literature often affect educational programs and even legal proceedings. For example, a pregnant woman whose emergency room toxicology screen revealed cocaine use was recently […]

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Overhaul child custody laws

Divorce and custody battles can become a quagmire as the innocent child gets caught up in the legal and psychological warfare between the parents. While both parents have equal rights over a child, no child would like to be in a situation where he or she has to choose one parent or the other.  read […]

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Why Parental Alienation Is Harmful To Children’s Psychological Health

Parental alienation is the manipulation of a child’s views geared against a targeted parent during the process of divorce or separation. Source: Why Parental Alienation Is Harmful To Children’s Psychological Health

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THE SPECTRUM OF PARENTAL ALIENATION SYNDROME

Forensic Psychologist, Deirdre Conway Rand, PhD Lund Psychologist Mary Lund examined factors in addition to parental programming which can contribute to estrangement between the child and a rejected parent (19). She wrote that the methods Gardner advocates, such as court orders for continued contact, fit many cases and may help prevent the child developing the […]

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Coping with Parental Alienation

Course Outline Topics covered in this course will include: How alienation begins How children’s difficulties with transitions between parents can lead to psychological splitting and alienation How our current system contributes to the problem of alienation in children The signs of alienation and how to spot them The psychological and emotional changes that create pressure […]

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Parental alienation: ‘I was manipulated by my father’

“[He said my mum is] a liar, that everything that’s happened is her fault, that she doesn’t love us, that she’s been a bully towards us,” she tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38025837

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Absence of empathy

Research by Moor and Silvern (2006) on the long-term effects of child abuse and the mediating role of parental failure of empathy found that child abuse and parental failure of empathy are the same thing – they are flip sides of the same coin. The absence of empathy is the cause of child abuse – […]

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The Science of Evil

Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger’s: All of these syndromes have one thing in common–lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology […]

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