ADHD Treatment to Lower Crime Rates?

According to an article in NaturalTherapyForAll.com, research has shown that sufferers of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who received treatment for their condition, where less likely to commit a crime than those who did not receive treatment.

Over 25,000 people over 15 years of age were studied, and the results have shown that people with ADHD where much more likely to break the law, and that medication effectively reduced the rates of criminality among the patients who were treated.

The full article can be accessed HERE

Food Addiction Shown to be Similar to Drug Addiction

According to an article recently published on www.examiner.com, new research suggests that food addicts are going through similar brain chemistry changes as hard drug addicts. Tests performed with rats have revealed that addiction to junk food (the likes of sausage or cheesecake) produces chemical changes in the brain, similar to those that are experienced by addiction to drugs (cocaine and heroin).

This “Study shows compulsive eating shares addictive biochemical mechanism with cocaine, and heroin abuse,” according to the study.

For too many people then, bacon, candy, french fries, and many other fattening foods are like abusing cocaine, or heroin.

At the heart of  the study are brain chemistry shenanigans occurring from the ingestion of fattening foods, just as there are changes in substance abuser brain chemistry from drugs.

The full article was posted on www.examiner.com website, and you can access it by clicking here (article will open in a new window).

Psychiatrist Dr Bríd Corkery Joins the Hazelton Clinic

The Hazelton Clinic is highly pleased to announce that we are now accepting referrals for psychiatric care.

Dr Bríd Corkery M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O. M.R.C. Psych. D.P.M. has joined our panel and will be accepting both GP referrals and self-referrals.

Dr Corkery has extensive experience of over 20 years in both public and private capacity. You can view Dr Corkery’s profile here.

Family Mediation Services

Starting in early January 2011, the Hazelton Clinic is now offering services of professional Family Mediation.

Family Mediation is a voluntary process which a couple undergoing a family break-up may choose to undertake. It enables them to reach an amicable agreement for themselves and their families, with the impartial help of the Accredited Family Mediator.

To start the mediation process, full co-operation of both parties is required. The process is flexible, time efficient, cost effective and confidential.

We have added a detailed description of the Family Mediation Services, including detailed description of each steps that are involved in the process. CLICK HERE to access the article.

A family break-up is an extremely difficult, psychologically and emotionally exhausting time for all parties involved. The Family Mediation service has been introduced to help through this painful process.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will be closed from Thursday 24th December 2010 throughout all holiday season and will reopen again on Tuesday 4th January 2010.  The phone line will not be manned during this time, so please feel free to leave us a voicemail message or email any enquiries you may have, and we will get back to you as soon as we are back!

Wishing you happy, merry and safe holidays

– the Cork Counselling Team

Bad Weather Update

Due to bad weather and difficulty with roads (especially for those living away from Cork City), many people find it hard to make it to their appointments on time.

We operate as usual, therefore if your ability to get to your appointment is compromised due to bad weather, please ring us as early as possible on 021-4936006 to reschedule your appointment.

Timely notification will allow you to avoid the late cancellation fees and will allow your therapist to make alternative arrangements.

Introduction to Psychological Assessment & MMPI

We are continuing our series of articles with the newest addition, which explains what a psychological assessment process is all about. Debbie Hegarty is once again contributing to the series and sharing the results of her research on psychological testing and it’s wide range of uses and applications.

If you are interested in either domestic or intercountry adoption, you are probably already familiar with our article on Inter-Country Adoption. However, even if the country you are aiming to adopt from does not require the MMPI test, a universally-acknowledged psychological assessment carried out by a certified clinical psychologist will reflect well on any applicant.

Aiming to help explain what psychological assessments are for, and how MMPI-2-RF in particular is the most widely used and recognized personality assessment test, Debbie Hegarty has put together and article which covers all these questions in detail.

One particular group of psychological tests, known as personality tests, strive to uncover the structure of the personality to include a person’s thinking, feeling and behaviour. Other groups of tests are designed to measure signs and symptoms of psychopathology and psychiatric disorders. Tests of psychopathology and personality are further subdivided into two groups: objective and projective. Objective tests include standardized, clear, specific items and questions that are presented to the respondent as well as limited response options (e.g., answering “yes” or “no” to a particular question). Projective tests include asking open ended and ambiguous stimuli and include stories from respondents (Hersen, 2003).

We at the Hazelton clinic are delighted to announce that we are now providing assessments for prospective clients using The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF). This personality testing kit which has been described as “The Gold-Star of all assessment tools” (Irish Medical Times, 2010) is utilized to assist in identifying personality structure and psychopathology. Psychopathological disorder can be as general as depression, anxiety and panic attacks or as complex as OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorder.

Please click here to read the full article.

Intercountry Adoption Explained in Detail

Thanks to long and arduous research by our Debbie Hegarty, we can now offer our readers a comprehensive article about all aspects of intercountry adoption.

The article explains the adoption process in great detail. It provides a detail explanation of the intercountry adoption and it’s specifics for Irish citizens willing to adopt from abroad, as well as detailed list of steps which must be undertaken by anyone who decides to adopt.

The second part of the article focuses on the role of the Hazelton Clinic in facilitating this process for adoptive parents, the information about the obligatory psychological testing, as well as ongoing support for both parents and adopted children after the adoption.

Please click here to read the full article.

MMPI Test Now Carried Out by our Clinical Psychologists!

The Hazelton Clinic provides assessments for prospective clients using The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). This personality testing kit which has been described as “The Gold-Star of all assessment tools” (Irish Medical Times, 2010) is utilized to assess, identify and diagnose disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression and schizophrenia.

The use of the test, over the years, has been greatly expanded. It is now applied as a screening instrument for high-risk public safety positions such as nuclear power plant workers, police officers, airline pilots, medical and psychology students, firefighters and seminary students. In addition it is used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs, including substance abuse programs.

We at the Hazelton Clinic acquired the test with a view to enabling prospective adoptive couples in their adoption process. It had come to our attention that whilst countries such as Vietnam have shut their doors to inter-country adoption other countries had opened theirs. Most notable are the Philippines. However, they have added a stipulation that the couples obtain the above-named assessment before they qualify for consideration as adoptive parents. This stipulation was introduced into inter-country adoption policy in November 2009. It came to the attention of The Irish Adoption Board on the 10th February 2010.

A licensed clinical psychologist is the only mental health professional who can carry out the test. We have two Resident Clinical Psychologists on our panel of professional practitioners and both are fully trained in the use of the MMPI.

For more information or to make your appointment, please contact our office on 021-4936006.