Genes, Epigenetics, and Psychosocial Interventions

I have been talking recently to a psychology student and mentioned that I thought in the future there will be a much greater concentration on providing psychosocial interventions for a wide variety of medical diseases including diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders (ex. IBS), and heart disease. Also, in all probability, psychosocial strategies will be used for […]

Genes, Epigenetics, and Psychosocial Interventions

I have been talking recently to a psychology student and mentioned that I thought in the future there will be a much greater concentration on providing psychosocial interventions for a wide variety of medical diseases including diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders (ex. IBS), and heart disease. Also, in all probability, psychosocial strategies will be used for […]

CT-R in Homeless Individuals

I. How do we use CT-R in homeless individuals who are chronically mentally ill? Evoke the individual’s interests and form a practical working relationship: “I have some recordings of music and would like your opinion of each song,” “You look as though you would like a manicure and I have a set here. Can I […]

Hierarchy of beliefs: starting with aspirations

In our training and treatment, we follow a somewhat different path from the usual cognitive behavioral approach. When we think of beneficial activities for the individual, we may start at the top of the belief hierarchy which is not operationally defined; specifically, purpose and meaning of aspirations. The purpose and meaning is conveyed by terms […]

MEMO: Treatment of Addiction-Dual Diagnosis

There is a conflict or competition in the addicted individual between two modes or states: the addictive modes and the adaptive modes. The competition revolves around the relative strength of the effectively toned beliefs in each state. The affectively toned beliefs depend on the individuals’ specific belief system. However, some of the general beliefs in […]

The Humanist Manifesto

The more we work with individuals with severe mental illness, the more it becomes clear that these individuals have the same needs, yearnings, and proclivities that we have, but these are accentuated to the paradoxes: These all too human tendencies are often submerged by the “pathological” aspects, such as delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and the […]

delusions

Delusions generally have a persecutory or grandiose content. The content of the delusions represent a pictorial transformation of higher levelemotional experiences such as the belief in being controlled devalued, scrutinized etc. These higher level experiences are translated into images of being influenced by rays from an influencing machine, being observed by multiple cameras, having one’s […]

Different Approaches to Treating Severely Mentally Ill

Behaviorism and the Token Economy: This approach is based on the behavioral principle of positive reinforcement. It consist of the individuals receiving credit for the various participating in variousactivities and being rewarded by going shopping etc. when they reach a certain number of credits the obvious drawback is that the systems works with the high […]

Disabling Social and Performance Attitudes as a Cause of Negative Symptoms

We have found that negative attitudes about the self, such as social ineptness and belief in one’s own incompetence leads to one’s poor performance on IQ and academic tests. Thus, the negative symptoms in schizophrenia can be attributed to these negatively biased attitudes about the self and performance. A recent paper by our group entitled:What […]

Cognitive Behavior Therapy/ Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) as a Product of the Enlightenment

believe that the three principles of the enlightenment form the foundation of cognitive therapy I. Humanism 1.Definition: Humanism is a philosophical doctrine which emphasizes human value such as agency (independent action) and critical thinking as opposed to superstition and dogma. 2.The humanistic application to cognitive therapy and particularly recovery oriented cognitive therapy is: a) emphasizing […]