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Addiction

Prescribing Gabapentin for Substance Use Disorders

Gabapentin (Neurontin) is a “novel anticonvulsant” and is FDA indicated for partial seizures and post-herpetic neuralgia. But the drug has long been heavily marketed to psychiatrists to treat a range of conditions from bipolar disorder to anxiety to alcohol withdrawal.It’s often seen as a “non-addictive” off-label drug useful for treating anxiety and insomnia in patients...

Coping Skills

9 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

When Bryan first met his girlfriend, he was smitten. She was charming, helpful, generous, kind, and interesting. She would laugh at his lame jokes, tell him how smart he was, was adventurous, and actively sought ways to spend time together. Naturally, Bryan overlooked some of the more concerning behaviors that his friends pointed out.His friends...



ABA

How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician

How do you become a registered behavior technician, also known as an RBT? This credential was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). An RBT is a professional who works one on one with an individual providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. The RBT works under the supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or BCBA-D. Basically...

Abuse

Why Victims of Abuse stay in the Relationship

There are myths surrounding the topic of domestic violence and other types of abuse. Many falsely believe that a victim of abuse is masochistic and somehow likes to be abused. Many believe that the victim somehow "had it coming to her," or "caused" the abuser to react abusively.No matter what another person says or does...

Exhaustion

9 Patterns of a Dangerous Person

Have you ever been around someone and immediately felt uncomfortable? Almost as if they could see right through you? But then, within minutes, the person has disarmed you and despite the initial feeling of discomfort, you engage with them. Bit by bit they seem to know exactly what needs to be said or done to...



ABA

RBT Study Topics: Professional Conduct (Part 2 of 2)

The credential of the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is required to abide by the RBT Task List. This task list was developed by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).One of the areas that an RBT  should be familiar with is the area of professional conduct.You can review the RBT Task List on the BACB website.The...

Coping Skills

9 Common Tactics of Stressed Out Abusive People

Sally was on high alert. Her husband called earlier in the day to let her know that he lost a large account at work. While he seemed flip about it then, she was preparing herself for a meltdown later that night. In anticipation of his arrival, she got the kids ready for bed, fed them,...

Abuse

Understanding Manipulative Mind Control and What to do About It (Part 1)

This article addresses the subject of psychological abuse and why victims/targets can be manipulated and controlled mentally by  narcissists and sociopaths (general psychopaths,) and what can be done when it happens. This occurs in  families with narcissistic parents, and in cases of parental alienation, where one parent uses the child as a psychological weapon to...

Carlat Child Psychiatry Report

Treatment of First Episode Psychosis in College Students

You are a psychiatrist working in a college student healthcare center when Anna, a junior, comes to your office escorted by her resident advisor. Anna describes feeling severely depressed. Sleeping excessively, she has missed most of her classes over the last two weeks. For the past week, she has heard voices...

Children & Teens

7 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Your Narcissistic Ex

Sabrina was at her wit's end. Her narcissistic ex-husband hit an all-time low. During their marriage, she was the target for his angry rants, verbal assaults, gaslighting, and guilt-tripping. But now his attacks seemed to center around just one of their two kids. Unfortunately, it was their ten-year-old child who most resembled Sabrina’s personality that...

Coping Skills

The Addiction of Narcissism

It wasn’t until counseling that Tim realized he was married to a narcissist. Again. And unfortunately, again. The narcissism in his first wife was obvious. Her obsession with power and control of his life and money alienated her from their kids. His second wife was so preoccupied with her appearance that he lost track with...

Business Mindset for Therapists

Private Practice Inspiration of the day: Erin Bennets

You better take what you can get… something is better than nothing… somebody is better than nobody… Have you heard that, thought that, or told someone else that when talking about private practice? Do you know what that leads to?Erin, LCSW, RPT play therapist in Littleton, CO shares her journey of private practice. Before...



Coping Skills

7 Steps for Reducing Decision Fatigue

After a ten-hour intense divorce meditation, Brian was exhausted and frustrated that only one aspect of the divorce agreement was resolved. As an attorney and mediator for over 20 years, usually, he was able to accomplish more.  But this couple spent hours bickering over minute issues and refused to listen to reason. Relieved to be...

Business Mindset for Therapists

Private Practice Inspiration of the day: Traci Lowenthal

"A big thank you to Dr. Traci Lowenthal for sharing her private practice story. Too many therapists feel alone on the journey of starting a private practice. Share your favorite part of Traci's story in the comments section!." -Kelly and Miranda I still remember sitting in one of my first graduate school classes. You know the one:...