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CAGE Questionnaire – Pros and Cons

CAGE Questionnaire – Pros and Cons

The CAGE questionnaire, developed in 1968, is a brief assessment containing four questions that is used by doctors to check for signs of potential alcohol dependency (alcohol abuse or alcoholism). The acronym, CAGE, makes the questions easy to remember: Have you ever...

Trail Making Test – Pros and Cons

Trail Making Test – Pros and Cons

The Trail Making Test, created by neuropsychologist Ralph Reitan in the 1940s, is a neuropsychological test of visual attention and task switching. The assessment consists of two parts which require the participant to connect a set of 25 dots with accuracy in as short...

Fatigue Severity Scale – Pros and Cons

Fatigue Severity Scale – Pros and Cons

The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) was designed in 1989 by Doctors Lauren B. Krupp, Nicolas G. LaRocca, Alfred D. Steinberg, and nurse Joanne Muir-Nash. It is a 9-item scale that measures the severity of fatigue and its effect on the participant’s daily activities and...

The PHQ2/PHQ9 Assessment – How reliable is it?

The PHQ2/PHQ9 Assessment – How reliable is it?

The PHQ-9 and PHQ-2 assessments are both components of the longer Patient Health Questionnaire, which offers psychologists a concise way to self-administer an evaluation to assess depression. The assessment incorporates DSM-IV depression criteria, which are clinically...

How to rethink mental health assessments?

Mental health disorders are an issue for more than nine hundred million people worldwide. The impact on this group is tremendous but the impact on the Health Industry that is trying to serve them is overwhelming. That’s because the Health Industry relies on mental...

New Skin Patch: the Future of Health Monitors?

New Skin Patch: the Future of Health Monitors?

Health monitors take various shapes and forms in our daily lives. Devices such as Apple watches, FitBits, and other health applications/accessories have become very popular for tracking heart rate, steps, and other health concerns. However, a new invention could...

COVID-19’s Toll on Teen Mental Health

COVID-19’s Toll on Teen Mental Health

A recent study titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health” has revealed the extreme detriment that the pandemic has had on teens and young adults, highlighting the most affected age group being between 13 to 18 years old.  Mental health has been a...

Initiating Mental Health Education in High School

Initiating Mental Health Education in High School

With depression and anxiety on the rise in adolescents and suicide being the #2 leading cause of death in people ages 15-24, having a strong mental health support system is especially crucial in high schools. Misconceptions about mental illness start within homes and...

Encouraging Your Athletes: Pillars Of Success

Encouraging Your Athletes: Pillars Of Success

The New York Times reports that the total amount of children engaging in team sports has decreased by over 10% in the past decade. In addition, 80% of youth athletes end up quitting sports by the age of 15. What has caused these drastic decreases? Over time, sports...

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