Medication in the form of psychostimulants is a standard treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD, marked by extreme inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, is diagnosed in almost eight percent of U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005). Although medical practitioners often prescribe psychostimulants, parents’ attitudes will largely determine whether […]
Author Archive | Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD
Over the past decade, prominent federal substance abuse agencies have put a great deal of effort toward ensuring that evidence-based practice (EBP) is being utilized in the treatment of addiction. This effort was galvanized by a 1998 report from the Institute of Medicine calling for improvements in healthcare, which included the implementation of practices proven […]
Mindfulness involves self-regulation of attention and orientation to the present moment through the practice of meditation. It has recently become an increasingly popular add-on for treatment of mental health problems. A specific form of mindfulness combines it with cognitive-behavioral principles and techniques. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy involves the recognition of thoughts and feelings as fleeting […]
Antisocial behavior and substance use disorders have serious consequences for youth, their families, and costs to society in terms of education, mental health and health treatment, and criminal justice system involvement. Evidence has shown that genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of these problems, although a clearer understanding of how genetics and environmental […]
Women surveyed near their lifetime exhaustion of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) were found to have high prevalence rates of lifetime mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. The majority of women with such problems had never received treatment.
The International Journal of Eating Disorders presented a special issue in 2009, exploring some controversies in the diagnosis of eating disorders, which have implications for how they may appear with the publication of the American Psychiatric and Statistical Manual of Diagnoses of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM V). The DSM V is due out in […]
African-American women may benefit as much as their Caucasian counterparts in treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), despite being more likely to drop out of treatment prematurely. PTSD is a mental health disorder and, specifically, an anxiety disorder, that arises from trauma. Symptoms of distress must also arise in three domains: re-experiencing the trauma (e.g., […]