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Archives for: January 6th, 2021

Determining Psychological Disability for the Social Security Administration

Written by on January 6, 2021

Clinical Vignette Don, a 34-year-old White male, was referred to you by his disability case manager for a psychological evaluation. He resides in a group facility for individuals who suffer from mental illness and chemical dependency following a two-week stay in a psychiatric hospital. Don tells you he was diagnosed with ADHD as a child […]

Commonsense Recommendations for Standard Care of Suicidal Risk

Written by on January 6, 2021

Vignettes Tom Groves, PhD, is a 55-year-old clinical psychologist who has maintained a successful private practice in a medium-sized metropolitan area for 25 years. Over his career he has seen a handful of suicidal patients, but now he does not want to see any suicidal patients. To this end, he has developed an intake process […]

Uncovering and Resolving Social Conflicts Contributing to Chronic Pain: Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy

Written by Terry Bardagjy on September 18, 2020

Clinical Vignette Patrick1 is a single, 45-year-old male who presents with widespread chronic pain that has become intolerable. His GP cannot find any physical reason for the current exacerbation of his pain and consequent disability—and made the referral for an assessment. His pain started in his 20s when he experienced a number of sports injuries […]

A Place for Psychological Testing in the Assessment of Adult ADHD

Written by Terry Bardagjy on September 11, 2020

Vignette A 27-year-old businessman presents as a self-referral to your private practice for an initial psychological consultation requesting an assessment for ADHD. He reports taking on a new position about 6 months ago, with new responsibilities and stressors. While this new position required relocation, his wife and two children continue to live in their old […]

Behavioral Interventions for Youth With Diabetes

Written by Terry Bardagjy on September 11, 2020

Clinical Vignette Kayla, a 13-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes (T1D), was referred for outpatient psychological services because of concerns about depressed mood and lack of engagement in diabetes self-care. In your interview with her, she stated that she “doesn’t care” about her health, and expressed frustration and anger about her parent’s “nagging” about diabetes. […]

Conducting a Developmental Assessment in Young Children

Written by Terry Bardagjy on September 9, 2020

Clinical Vignette Jenny is a 2-year, 1-month-old toddler whose parents report continuing concerns about her development. Her pediatrician has responded with a request for a detailed developmental assessment. Language is a major area of worry, although motor skills are delayed, and Jenny is described as “clumsy.” Jenny was born at 25 weeks gestational age. She […]

Psychologist Self-Care During the Pandemic: Now More Than Ever

Written by Terry Bardagjy on June 18, 2020

Clinical Vignettes Gail Hopkins, PsyD, a 39-year-old Black psychologist, wakes up feeling anxious and falls asleep feeling anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic. In between, she experiences diffuse background worry most of the day. As a member of the sandwich generation, Dr. Hopkins worries about both her two young children quarantined at home and her aging […]

Adverse Drug Reactions: What Every Psychologist Should Know

Written by Terry Bardagjy on June 16, 2020

Clinical Vignette Your patient, Sara, who you have been seeing in weekly therapy for a year, had a setback recently and was briefly hospitalized. She has now been released from the local psychiatric unit with a new medication plan. Her prescription for fluoxetine (Prozac; 60 mg/daily) was abruptly discontinued and replaced with a different antidepressant, […]

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