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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Howard Gerber on August 30, 2011

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that occurs in individuals who have been exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder is receiving more national media attention than in the past because of the number of new cases being seen in veterans returning from the wars in the Middle East. [continue reading…]


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How many children tell their parents they should be allowed to play video games because it improves their hand-eye coordination, critical thinking skills, and ability to work in a cooperative setting? In all fairness, probably very few put it just like that but maybe they should. It turns out that playing video games, and using other forms of interactive electronics, can be quite beneficial for people. A new journal looks at specific games, and other emerging technologies, that are beneficial for mental and physical health. There are numerous indications that gaming may one day be part of speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. [continue reading…]



New Students: Starting the School Year Right

by Howard Gerber on August 16, 2011

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Every year, new students and teachers must learn to work together in the classroom. A special education teacher must coordinate with numerous people to make sure their new students receive the help and services they need to succeed in school. [continue reading…]



Heat Wave

by Howard Gerber on August 9, 2011

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Many areas of the country are experiencing record high temperatures and heat waves, which have coincided with lack of rain making this one of the hottest summers in recent memory. This means that more people will be suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke than ever before. Your patients may come in feeling ill without realizing it is due to the heat and professionals who are used to pushing themselves for their patients may inadvertently overdue their efforts and make themselves ill. [continue reading…]



July is UV Safety Month

by Howard Gerber on July 19, 2011

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July is UV Safety Month, an appropriate time as most of the nation is focused on getting outside to enjoy the sun. With new guidelines about sunscreen issued from the FDA it is more important than ever that everyone work together to make sure the public is well informed about the necessity of sun protection and exactly how to best protect themselves and their family.


Make a sunscreen display to show customers the new recommendations by the FDA. A chart format or a Q&A format are good choices because they can easily be skimmed and will force you to break the information into more manageable pieces that consumers will be more likely to understand. This is also an excellent place to move your sunscreen selection to for the month of July. Next to the display of sunscreens, provide easy to understand definitions about the claims the sunscreens make such as waterproof, water resistant, broad spectrum, and what SPF actually means. Brochures that clients can take with them with the new information could also be included with each purchase.


Nurses and doctors can devote some of their bulletin board space this month to UV Safety with a focus on their specialty. Pediatric offices can display what children and infants need, dermatology offices can discuss the warning signs of too much UV exposure, and ophthalmologists’ offices can show the dangers UV radiation poses to eyesight and how to best protect your eyes.


Although most schools close for the summer, they don’t always close completely. Summer programs, summer school, and summer training or extracurricular activities may still be in full force. Take time at the beginning of the month to show students exactly how much sunscreen should be applied and how often it should be reapplied. Physically taking the time to show them what an ounce of sunscreen looks like will be much more beneficial to students than simply discussing the new guidelines.


Many physical and occupational therapists recommend aquatic exercises to supplement therapy session, some even provide aquatic services. If you recommend patients to swim or to complete exercises in the water be sure you talk to them this month about the importance of properly using sunscreen. The FDA has said sunscreens will not be able to claim to be waterproof in the future. Make sure your patients know they need to reapply sunscreen every 40 to 80 minutes (depending on the type they use) if they are in the water or sweating.

How do you plan to make your patients more aware of the dangers of UV radiation? Do you recommend specific sunscreens or products that limit UV exposure? What do you think of the new FDA guidelines for sunscreens?


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Twitter for Psychologists

by Howard Gerber on May 24, 2011

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Understanding the need for community is central in understanding the psychology of Twitter. Twitter allows users to form a community of likeminded individuals no matter where their physical communities may be. The following Twitter accounts are excellent resources for those in the field of psychology. Be sure to look at who these accounts are following as well as who is following them, to find even more members to add to your Twitter community.


This Twitter account is maintained by The Chicago School, the country’s largest and oldest graduate school devoted entirely to the study of psychology and the behavioral sciences. The account is updated regularly with items of interest and news about the school and they do respond to followers.


This is the Twitter account of the magazine Psychology Today. They update several times a day and provide links to informative articles and blog entries from their members.


The editor of the online magazine PsychCentral maintains this Twitter account. It is updated numerous times each day with links to articles on the site and other relevant information. They do interact with other Twitter accounts.


This account is maintained by the online magazine, Psychotherapy Brown Bag. The magazine and its tweets focus on clinical psychology. The account is updated several times a month, usually with links to the magazine’s articles.


Dr. Ballard is the head of the marketing for the American Psychological Association Practice. He tweets frequently, linking to articles related to the study of psychology. He also retweets relevant information and interacts with followers.


This account is maintained by Psychology Press, a publishing company that produces a number of psychology textbooks, academic journals, and tests. They update several times a day with updates on their products and events as well as to general resources and articles pertaining to psychology.


This Twitter account is maintained by the Child Psychology Research Blog, founded by Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran. The blog explores nonpartisan research based findings regarding child psychology.


This Twitter account is maintained by the editor of the psychology section at About. It is updated several times each day with links to new information published on the website and other links of interest. The author frequently interacts with others in the Twitter community.


This account is maintained by the American Psychological Association and is frequently updated with links to new articles and to relevant news.

What Twitter accounts do you follow because of their helpful, interesting, or funny information relevant to the field of psychology? Do you prefer academic tweets or do you prefer accounts of other psychologists who you can commiserate with?



Social Networking for Professionals

by Howard Gerber on May 10, 2011

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Social networking has become very popular for individuals and has rapidly been gaining that attention of people who want to connect with other professionals. There are many social networking sites that can be used to expand your professional network. Learn which ones are the best and how to present a professional image. [continue reading…]