“When Should A Therapist Decide To Break Confidentiality” AND more on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. I hope you enjoyed the guest blog post titled “Anxiety and I” yesterday. If not, you check it here. With that said, lets begin!

1) When should a therapist decide to break confidentiality?

I was shaken and transfixed in the aftermath of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Like most of those in the United States, prevention was on my mind. According to partial psychiatric records obtained by the Miami Herald, the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, confided ‘gory fantasies’ and dreams to a school therapist in 2014.

The revelation set me to wondering: what else had Cruz revealed to all the therapists who, most likely, had interacted with him in the months or years before the attack? Because the danger of Cruz existed before his actual use of a gun in the attack, so did the opportunity for prevention. Where exactly and at what interval in the assembly line of caretakers and third-party involvement did this opportunity lie? Had I been working with him, what would I have done?

2) Smartphone Technology Allows Diagnosis of Autism in ResearchKit Feasibility Study

Although these tools are only for research at the moment, they lay the foundation for what may become accessible, affordable, and scalable tools for the early identification of autism and other childhood developmental disorders in the future.

3) WHO Releases New ICD-11

The 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases reflects advances in scientific understanding; it includes several new chapters and major revisions to others.

4) A Troubling Prognosis for Migrant Children in Detention: ‘The Earlier They’re Out, the Better’

The longer children remain in institutional settings, the greater their risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health conditions.

5) Medication Adherence Predictors in Patients With Severe Psychiatric Disorders

As antipsychotic medications are vital to the effective management of severe psychiatric disorders, investigators sought to examine reasons for medication nonadherence in patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and other psychotic disorders.

Thank you very much for your time. See you tomorrow for another article 🙂

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