Jason Cohen, Psy.D, M.A.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jason Cohen, Psy.D., M.A., and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Luis Obispo,CA. I hope you find this information educational, helpful, and/or interesting. If there is a specfic area you would like me to address or you have a question, do not hesitate to contact me. In addressing your questions, I will be sure to word responses in a way to maintain your privacy. You are also encouraged to post a comment.  


*Please note that topics presented and discussions occuring within this blog: 1) are of a general nature and therefore may have limited relevance to specific situations, 2) do not constitute a professional relationship between Dr. Cohen and those reading blog material or posting comments, and 3) should not substitute consultation with a mental health professional.



FEB 19

Methamphetamine: The Austin Powers’ Smile…Yeah Baby!!

posted by Dr. Cohen on February 19, 2013 0:01 as Drugs




Unlike the Austin Powers movies, there nothing funny about methamphetamine addiction. The euphoric rush following orally ingesting, snorting, smoking, or injecting the drug, makes the initially (and relatively) inexpensive, easy to find, intoxicant hard to resist and highly addictive. Few drugs of abuse result in such a rapid and physically apparent deterioration of a once functional individual.


One such ill effect, "meth mouth”, refers to the common occurrence of dental issues ranging from a graying of the teeth to multiple missing, fractured and decayed teeth. Caustic chemicals used in producing the drug where once thought to be the culprit. Research (e.g., Shetty et al., 2010) would suggest otherwise. More specifically, IV users, as opposed to those who smoke meth which would allow the drug direct contact with teeth, appear to present with more significant dental issues.


So what’s the cause? Well, like most things, it is ...


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JAN 30

Work & Stress

posted by Dr. Cohen on January 30, 2013 1:37 as General




San Luis Obispo Tribune interview regarding workplace and occupational stress:

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/01/26/2371194/pressure-workers.html

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JAN 15

kids and sports

posted by Dr. Cohen on January 15, 2013 2:01 as General




New Times interview about the psychological, social and physical benefits for kids involved in sports.
 
http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/8877/let-them-compete/

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JAN 6

Cheat This, Not That: Hypocrisy, Ethics and Performance Enhancement

posted by Dr. Cohen on January 06, 2013 2:07 as Drugs




Cheat This, Not That: Hypocrisy, Ethics and Performance Enhancement


Anabolic steroids demonized while Viagra, Adderall and breast implants gain societal acceptance.

Those of us who have spent our careers studying substance use (note we do not assume that all use is disordered) and/or working with, in various capacities, those who engage in non-medical use of androgenic/anabolic steroids (AAS) have long ceased being surprised at the degree of bias in both the media and scientific communities against AAS and users of AAS. The agenda pressed by many in both venues has had the direct effect, whether purposeful or not, of casting those who use AAS in a negative light. Hence, the general message to the public is that such users are narcissists with an "Adonis Complex” andmuscle dysmorphia (in fact, so are all bodybuilders and anyone ...


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OCT 18

Head to the Hills and Hide from Depression

posted by Dr. Cohen on October 18, 2012 0:11 as Depression




An article in USA Today (04/08/11) described San Luis Obispo as "the happiest town in the whole USA…surrounded by lush hills…so intensely green, they practically sparkle.” Are the lush hills the root of our happiness? Recent research conducted by Berman et al., (2012) suggests this. In their research, individuals suffering from major depression experienced an improvement in mood and memory after interacting with nature (i.e., walking in a park). When compared with earlier research (i.e., Berman et al., 2008) using "healthy” subjects, the improvement in mood and memory for depressed individuals was 5 times greater. The authors note that "interacting with nature is, for the most part, widely accessible, simple and affordable.” Accessible and affordable, sure, but simple, well, that depends…[I’ll leave that for another post].

M.G. Berman et al. / Journal of Affective Disorders 140 (2012) 300–305

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