Psychological Testing Now Available at Goose Creek's Centreville Office

Mary Koralewski, PhD., an independent clinical psychologist whose primary office is in Warrenton, will be available in Goose Creek Coaching's Centreville office to provide psychological testing. Psychological testing involves using samples of behavior in order to assess the cognitive, intellectual, emotional, vocational or academic functioning of an individual. The test results can help with the diagnosis of mental health disorders, school and work accommodations and recommendations for coping skills and services to improve quality of life.

Dr. Koralewski earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, her master's and doctorate degrees in psychological sciences from Purdue University. She has worked at various inpatient and outpatient settings, including Prince William Hospital. In addition to psychological testing available through Dr. Koralewski's independent practice, Goose Creek provides career testing through its career coaches and Imran Akram, MD, provides forensic and psychiatric evaluations. For more information about psychological testing and career testing at Goose Creek, please contact us at (703) 574-6271 or info@goosecreekconsulting.com.

Time Says that one U.S.soldier commits suicide every day

Time magazine tells us in its July 23 cover story that one U.S. soldier commits suicide each day. The magazine notes that "more U.S. soldiers have killed themselves than have died in the Afghan War" and then it asks, "Why can't the Army win its war on suicide?" Part of the text of the article (for those who do not subscribe to Time) is available courtesy of Florida State University.

The article interviews two widows of men who committed suicide. One man sought help and were turned away. One  story also examines a Army doctor in Hawaii who faced depression and who was rebuffed by Army mental health. Military officials told her it was "a family problem." Soon, the doctor hung himself in the Army hospital in his full uniform. The Time correspondent concludes in this video that the "knocks on the mental health doors often go unanswered."

Stigma is only one of the problems those who are depressed or struggle with PTSD in the military face. According to a 2010 New York Times article, the Army has 3,800 therapists and psychiatrists, two thirds more than it had in 2007. In the Times article, the author notes that too few soldiers are screened for mental health problems when they return from theater.The number of mental health professionals is too low and many are devoted to the security clearance process, the disciplinary process and "force readiness" (which means, in part, making sure people complaining of mental health problems return to the field of battle).

“The military still blames the soldier, saying it’s financial stress or family stress, and it is still waiting for the service member to come forward,” told Paul Sullivan, the executive director of Veterans for Common Sense.

What Internet Anxiety has in Common with Bath Salts, Stranger Danger and Satanic Ritual Abuse

Newsweek published a recent cover story called Is the Internet Making Us Crazy whether they Internet, which has made inroads into everything Americans do, has made us more anxious. The article theorizes whether in the world of texts, tweets, emails, posts and other forms of less personal communication has made us more lonely, anxious and depression. The conclusion is based on a "Newsweek's review of findings from more than a dozen countries," including brain scan data.

According to Newsweek, the review:
... finds the answers pointing in a similar direction. Peter Whybrow, the director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, argues that “the computer is like electronic cocaine,” fueling cycles of mania followed by depressive stretches.
 But, in reality, the Newsweek piece seems to be a classic example of moral panic stories, where journalists and researchers identify thinly sourced trends that appear to threaten the social order but with a closer look appear more dubious   (See  human sex trafficking, bath saltsSatanic ritual abuse, "stranger-danger" and child sexual abuse, Dungeons and Dragons and Internet screen time, as well as VCR, television and radio time before them).

It comes as no surprise that Newsweek competitor Time pokes a couple of holes in the magazine's theory, attacking every platform in the story. Time notes that brain scans cannot "predict ... who will be able to regain control over their behavior and who will not" and that " there is no brain scan that can clearly determine whether certain brain changes signify addiction or simple, harmless enjoyment."

The Time piece notes that one of the key sources, Baroness Susan Greenfield, a pharmacology professor at Oxford,"never published a study on Internet use," adding:
The logic behind her claims is often befuddling: for example, this is how she attempted to explain why she believes the Internet has something to do with the recent rise in autism, in a 2011 interview with the Guardian: “I point to the increase in autism and I point to Internet use. That’s all.” Obviously, that is not scientific reasoning, which is why her comments inspired an Internet meme (among other outrage and disdain) that trended on Twitter.
The Time article concludes that Newsweek sqaundered an opportunity with its cover story. "The Internet might indeed be a cause of our societal worries, but not necessarily because we’re addicted to it," the Time author wrote. "And creating a moral panic based on flimsy evidence isn’t going to help, no matter what the real cause of our problems."