Mental Health Professionals, Do You Encrypt Your Data?

Mental health professionals are busy people, working to help others with their problems. After spending the day listening to people, taking notes, and filing insurance claims, most mental health professionals do not have time to think about encryption and security. Many use their personal computers, tablets, or cell phones for business related purposes, resulting in private information often being present on these devices. What happens then, if someone hacks into these devices? Often, this means Client data could end up in a criminal’s hands, with the therapist being held responsible for the breach. A criminal would like mental health information for blackmail and extortion. If you are a mental health professional, I have a question for you: what steps have you taken to protect your Client’s electronic data?

Looking For Low Cost Prescriptions? GoodRx Can Help!

The other day I was in a pharmacy when I learned about GoodRx, a website which can help you save money on your prescriptions. As many people spend hundreds of dollars a month on medications, a website that can help you save money is a blessing. The great thing about GoodRx is it is free and works for those who have or do not have insurance. I saw first hand how it saved over 60% on a medication, and decided I needed to post about this so others know of it as well.

Pokemon Go: The Birth of Augmented Reality Addiction

The birth of Augmented Reality (AR) is here. All though AR has been around for some time, it has not gotten much attention. That all ended with the release of Pokemon Go on July 6th. For now on, prepare to see hoards of zombie-like cellphone users wherever you go. So, what is Augmented Reality, what is Pokemon Go, and how are they addictive?

How Career Concerns Influence Internet Addiction in Teens

The future can appear scary, especially for teens. Concerns over the right career have caused many teens to retreat into an Internet Addiction. While career concerns exist for most teens, many have become addicts to avoid making a career choice. Read further to learn more, and how to help your teenager out of this crisis.

Potty Training & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Book Review

Teaching hygiene to a child is difficult, especially when the child is on the Autism Spectrum. Children often do not see the need for hygiene as germs and bacteria do not make sense to them. Due to oversensitivity, many children on the Autism Spectrum find activities such as showering or using the restroom a difficult task. How do parents then teach their Autistic children how to use the restroom and practice proper hygiene? Claire Hope’s book, Potty Training & Autism Spectrum Disorders, How to Teach Autistic Children Hygiene Skills, does a good job providing basic tips in teaching Hygiene.

Dangerous Autism Cure: What Exactly is MMS?

If you have researched Autism cures in the past, you may have come across a potential “cure” called MMS. MMS stands for Master Mineral Solution, a chemical mixture consisting of high levels of Chlorine Dioxide. Chlorine Dioxide is used as a bleaching solution as it breaks down harmful chemicals and is found in small quantities in many water treatment plants in the US. The creators of MMS claim their solution can fight the malaria parasite, fungi, bacteria & parasites. They even claim their solution can fight viruses. People have used MMS to treat HIV, hepatitis, H1N1 Flu Virus, Colds, Acme, Cancer, and Autism. The problem is, the FDA has warned against the use of MMS, citing it as a potentially dangerous product. What exactly is MMS, and why are people using it?

5 Ways to Reduce Electronics Addiction During the Summer

Summer is here, and it is time for many children to binge 12-16 hours a day in electronics. Between television, gaming systems, tablets and computers, children will be spending much of their time with electronics. In today’s digital world, there are few alternatives to electronics. What are parents to do, if they do not want their children addicted to electrics? In truth, electronics, and the Internet can be addictive, with millions of children already addicted in the US and worldwide. As a former Internet addict, I understand just how tempting and demanding the Internet can be. Below is a list of actions parents can take to help reduce their screen time and help to prevent an addiction from forming.

Treating Autism: Part 4 – Environmental Considerations

In the last article of this series, joining and repetitive actions were discussed, with ways to better interact with and communicate with your child. Joining is an important step in treating Autism, as children need to know they can trust others, especially parents. Due to overstimulation interactions are difficult, causing attention problems and even pain. To best join and interact with your child, a proper environment needs to be created. Creating an environment that is not overstimulating may be difficult, as what we consider overstimulating will be different for someone with Autism.

Autism & Gaming: How Obsessions Lead to Addiction

The other day I was reading an article discussing the negative impact gaming can have on people with Autism. It got me thinking about trends I am noticing from the Clients I have who both have Autism and some form of Gaming Addiction. As a gaming addict with autistic...

Is Gaming Addiction Real?

Gaming has grown up in the past 20 years. No longer is it for the nerd in the basement. As gaming is now mainstream, we must ask the question, is Gaming Addiction real?

Poll Finds 50% of Teens Feel Addicted to Their Mobile Devices

If you have a teenager, you most likely argue about screen time and Internet use. As the Internet has become a major part of our lives, it has transformed the way we access information. For teenagers who have been raised with access to the Internet, they cannot imagine the world without it. Teenagers, as well as adults, have a difficult time without access to the Internet. A poll conducted by Common Sense Media found 50% of teenagers feel they have an addiction to their mobile devices, along with 27% of the parents.

Why I Don’t Take Notes During A Therapy Session

While I was in graduate school working towards my Master’s in Psychology, I was encouraged to take notes in therapy sessions, as a means of remembering important information. At the time it made sense, and I felt it was a good practice. I was used to taking notes, being a student for over 10 years, so the idea of taking notes during a therapy session seemed like a reasonable idea. When I began my Practicum and later my Internship, I realized taking notes in the session did not work for me. As a therapist who works with difficult issues (Asperger’s & Internet Addiction), I found taking notes in sessions disconnected me from my Clients.

My First Six Years as a Therapist: A Perspective

Last week, out of the blue, my Linkedin Profile started sending me messages from therapists and other professionals congratulating me on my six-year anniversary working at HOPE Psychotherapy of Houston, first as an Intern, then later with my own practice. I had...

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