Blue. is 1!

Blue. Psychological Services is ONE YEAR OLD! Looking back at the year, single-handedly maintaining a consultation service and a website, while balancing my personal and occupational commitments has been both exciting and tiring. To be honest, founding a pro bono consultation and psychoeducation service was never on my cards. However, somehow the pieces fell togetherContinue reading “Blue. is 1!”

Op/Com: Diagnosing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This is the third and final part of our Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) series of posts. The first and second posts reviewed evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents, as well as for adults with ADHD. In this final post, we will be sharing why ADHD diagnosis isn’t as simple as you might think. ADHD has seenContinue reading “Op/Com: Diagnosing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”

Wassup’: Evidence-based treatments for adults with ADHD

This is the second part of our ADHD literature review series. Today’s article focuses on evidence-based treatments for adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For those looking for evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD, you may find our previous article useful. Today’s Wassup’ post will review 2 fairly recent meta-analytic and systematic review studies,Continue reading “Wassup’: Evidence-based treatments for adults with ADHD”

Wassup’: Evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD

This is the first of several reviews on the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with a focus on children and adolescents. In the next review, we will focus on the evidence-based treatments of ADHD in adults. In today’s Wassup’ review, we evaluated a 2017 meta-analysis examining the evidence-based treatments for children and adolescences with ADHD.Continue reading “Wassup’: Evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD”

Wassup’: Evidence-based treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a cluster of clinical conditions that affect between 3.8-25.0% of the population (Remes et al., 2016). It was also reported that women, young adults, and persons with chronic diseases were at greater risks of developing anxiety disorders (Remes et al., 2016). In today’s post, we will take a look at what theContinue reading “Wassup’: Evidence-based treatment of Anxiety Disorders”

Op/Com: When help harms – the unintended adverse effects of psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (or talk therapy) is a divisive topic. To some, it’s a saving grace. To others, it is nothing more than a scam. Efficacy studies on the positive impact of psychotherapy have also been varied. The American Psychiatric Association estimated that up to 75% of individuals who have had psychotherapy benefitted from it. Moritz etContinue reading “Op/Com: When help harms – the unintended adverse effects of psychotherapy”

Op/Com: Pandemic Fatigue – The Reason We Struggle with COVID-19 Restrictions?

When the most recent partial lockdown was announced (i.e. “Phase 2 – Heightened Alert”, 16 May – 13 June 2021), I felt a tinge of anger. I had just gotten into the rhythm of going to exercise classes a few times each week, and felt robbed of my routine. An added sting came from theContinue reading “Op/Com: Pandemic Fatigue – The Reason We Struggle with COVID-19 Restrictions?”

Op/Com: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – Deceptively Simple, Genuinely Complex

Recently, I was on the Internet when a rant in an online forum caught my attention. It was from a supposed psychotherapist who was currently undergoing therapy themselves (gender neutral). In it, they shared their exasperation with CBT and positive psychology, going on about how ‘CBT invalidates people’s feelings by reducing it to their thoughts’,Continue reading “Op/Com: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – Deceptively Simple, Genuinely Complex”

Op/Com: A Psychologist Reads, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed”, by Lori Gottlieb

In this memoir by psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, the author finds herself in therapy after a personally devastating crisis. She proceeds to honestly and engagingly chronicle her experiences of being a therapist, and of being in therapy. This was a book I truly enjoyed reading, both in the capacity of a therapist, and simply as myself.Continue reading “Op/Com: A Psychologist Reads, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed”, by Lori Gottlieb”

Wassup’: Evidence-based treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Source: Skapinakis, P., Caldwell, D., Hollingworth, W., Bryden, P., Fineberg, N., … & Lewis, G. (2016). A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pharmacological and psychological interventions for the management of obsessive compulsive disorder in children/adolescents and adults. Health Technology Assessment, 20(43). In today’s Wassup’ post, we examine a very comprehensive systematic review (396 pages in total) funded byContinue reading “Wassup’: Evidence-based treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)”