“What Are the Differences Between Psychology Specialities?” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Lets start our busy week ahead with Best 5 Reads for today!

1) What Are the Differences Between Psychology Specialities?

What exactly is the difference between psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neuroscientists, and neuropsychologists?

2) What did journalists overlook about the Apple Watch ‘heart monitor’ feature?

The new Apple Watch heart monitor dominated the health news cycle last week.

If you were lucky and spent last week on a secluded beach with no internet access (a girl can dream), you might have missed the news that the new Apple Watch Series 4 includes an FDA-cleared heart monitor function with an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Otherwise, you probably didn’t miss it. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of news media outlets excitedly wrote about Apple’s announcement, which included American Heart Association (AHA) president Ivor Benjamin, MD, who spoke for several minutes at the heavily-promoted event.

The nexus of players involved–Apple, FDA, AHA–guaranteed a splashy news conference that frequently relied on the overused lexicon found in each industry. According to NBC, Benjamin said the gadget’s heart app was “game-changing” and the FDA issued a statement about how it signals momentum of “disruptive technology tools” in health care.

3) Smartphone-Based Psychoeducational Programs May Be Effective for Bipolar Disorder Management

These data support the efficacy of smartphone-based educational programs in the management of bipolar disorder. Such programs could serve as a cost-effective and accessible method of treatment delivery to patients.

4) Important Questions About the Impact of Medical Marijuana on People With Serious Mental Illness

Many people are interested in using marijuana for therapeutic purposes as legalization expands across the country. The impact of marijuana depends upon the consumed potency and dose of its major psychoactive components, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, which have very different psychiatric effects. This Open Forum discusses what is known about the impact of these marijuana constituents on people with serious mental illnesses, who may experience many adverse effects and more easily develop addiction with marijuana use. As use of medical marijuana increases, mental health clinicians can help prevent or address adverse effects by informing themselves and others about marijuana’s effects and by coordinating with marijuana prescribers.

5) Association of Cannabinoid Administration With Experimental Pain in Healthy Adults

This study examines findings from decades of published research to determine whether use of cannabinoid analgesia is associated with experimental pain relief among healthy adults.

Thank you for your time and see you tomorrow for more articles!

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