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Mind and Matter, by Steve Cartun

Nature and resilience

(An interview with Dr. Paul Deal, a nationally certified counselor, co-chair of Counseling and Clinical Services Department and associate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh — and two of his students — served as the backdrop for this column. The students ...

COVID-19’s impact on childrens’ mental health

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of children and adolescents. Female adolescents trump male adolescents in severity of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Studies also demonstrated that anxiety levels among children were significantly lower than anxiety levels among adolescents. It is ...

Do the outdoors provide a mental health benefit?

In the middle of a brutal Adirondack winter, the thought of taking a beach vacation and lounging on the warm sand brings happiness and comfort. However, what is the science behind this? Does resting under the sun bring the same degree of mental wellness as participating in a volleyball game? ...

Psychology and psychedelics

At a time when medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are being approved across the country, it is no surprise that a resurgence has occurred in modern medicine to form research centers to evaluate the efficacy of psilocybin and MDMA, among other psychedelics, in the treatment of such ...

An overview of digital mental health, Part III

When Elizabeth Holmes started a blood testing company, Theranos, as a Stanford University dropout, she claimed to be able to process blood from a fingerstick and still be able to accurately provide hundreds of blood test results. This turned out to be a fraud, and what turned into a $9 billion ...

An overview of digital mental health, Part II

Technology reading your thoughts? This would have been impossible in the past. However, Marcel Just, PhD, psychology faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed and researched a functional MRI algorithm that can literally read your thoughts. A regular MRI can take pictures of the ...