David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

[Seniors Don’t Follow Prescription Orders][1] About a quarter of those who responded to the survey reported forgoing prescription drugs because of cost. That problem has been well publicized, and it is part of the reason lawmakers approved a new prescription drug benefit under Medicare. The benefit is expected to save those senior citizens who have no coverage an estimated 53 percent on their prescription costs. But a comparable number of senior citizens also declined to take their medicine because of nonfinancial considerations.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

Light therapy effectively treats mood disorders “But when you throw out all the studies that are methodologically flawed and then conduct a meta-analysis of those that are well-designed, you find that light therapy is an effective treatment not only for SAD but also for depression.” This is good news! We can add Light Therapy to the list of effective treatments for depression as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder! Light Therapy is described as below:

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

2 minute read

The Bush Administration proposed a computer-based method for storing and easily making available healthcare records. While this technology can be critically important, even life saving for some medical concerns, it presents a unique risk to mental health service consumers. Societal stigma is alive and well. Employers, insurance companies, and even law enforcement maybe placed in a position to discriminate based on available records. Special protections must be in place to prevent untrained people from accessing your records.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

2 minute read

[Doctors should Monitor Metabolic Side Effects of Anti-Psychotics][1] Psychiatrists are doing a “modest” job of monitoring for weight gain, diabetes and other metabolic problems that may result from use of the newer antipsychotics for schizophrenia, researchers say. Nearly all of the 258 members of the American Psychiatric Association in Georgia, Ohio and Iowa responding to a survey said they considered metabolic side effects serious or very serious, said researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, University of Iowa and Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Ohio.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

[Psychological Interventions Can Reduce Child Abuse And Neglect][1] “Although the prevention and eradication of child abuse and neglect is a high-priority societal goal, the fact remains that an overwhelming number of youth will become victims,” Skowron said. “Results of the current study indicate that psychological treatments for child abuse and neglect are effective and can assist children and their families to regain their functioning and facilitate the development of healthy, productive lives.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

4 minute read

Bad news sells better than good news. Unfortunately, sometimes that means bad articles are created to grab your attention. Here is a good example. Couples in trouble are looking for help. Instead of informing them up front, this article starts out saying therapists may not help and may be incompetent. How many people stop reading right there? [Married With Problems? Therapy May Not Help][1] Each year, hundreds of thousands of couples go into counseling in an effort to save their troubled relationships.