psychologist-psychiatristFrequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

The work of psychologists and psychiatrists often overlaps, but there are some important differences in training and special skills. The most immediate difference that many people are unaware of is that psychologists go to graduate school for training and receive a Ph.D. or Psy.D. doctoral degree while psychiatrists go to medical school and receive an M.D. Psychiatrists, as medical doctors, …

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Psychological EvaluationFrequently Asked Questions

What is a Psychological Evaluation?

“Psychological Evaluation” is a general term which can have a variety of meanings. If a person is recommended to have a psychological evaluation, it would be appropriate, even recommended, to ask what their particular evaluation would involve. Psychological evaluations are usually requested when there is some question about what might be troubling a particular person, or to gather information about …

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Depressed ChildFrequently Asked Questions

How do you know if your child is depressed?

Most of us like to think of childhood as a happy time, free from worry and responsibility. But research shows that children, not only adults, can suffer from depression. Sad things happen, people get sick and die, parents divorce. We try to shield our children from these troubles, but we can’t. Sometimes, painful life events can lead to depression. Other …

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The “New Legal Highs” for Teens

Did you know that the new legal ‘high’ for teens is over-the-counter cough suppressant? Your teen knows. One in four teens knows someone who has tried cough medicine, commonly called ‘Triple C’s’, to get high. Teens have discovered that they can get high by taking large doses of any OTC medicine containing dextromethorphan also called DXM, DM, cough suppressant or …

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Methamphetamine: What is it and why is it dangerous?

Methamphetamine is a very potent central nervous system stimulant. The drug works directly on the brain and spinal cord by interfering with normal neurotransmission. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances naturally produced within nerve cells used to communicate with each other and send messages to influence and regulate our thinking and all other systems throughout the body. The main neurotransmitter affected by …

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Methamphetamine: How effective are current treatment programs?

This series of articles has provided a brief overview of methamphetamine – its effects on mind and body, social costs, the scope of the problem in Wyoming and Uinta County, and with today’s installment, treatment for those affected by the substance. Typically, drug treatment programs are divided into outpatient, where participants continue to live and work in their community, and …

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Methamphetamine: What are the real costs to society?

Usually when we hear the word “cost” we think in terms of money. Although there are significant monetary costs associated with methamphetamine abuse, there are also human costs to consider. The physical effects (brain damage, kidney and lung disorders, liver damage, and even death) as well as psychological damage (severe depression and at times paranoid psychosis) to meth users were …

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Methamphetamine abuse: Is there a problem in Wyoming?

My interest was piqued as Tom Pagel, chairman of the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Violent Crime Advisory Board and director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), spoke on the topic in Evanston last March. He stated that since 1993, DCI has seen a rapid increase in availability and use of methamphetamine, and that methamphetamine investigations account for over …

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