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.  

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Monthly Archives: OCTOBER 2012

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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“Herbal incense”, “potpourri”, or synthetic marijuana

posted by Dr. Cohen on October 03, 2012 19:00 as Drugs

In the 1970s and early 1980s, PCP use was on the rise. In search of "building a better mouse trap”, increased profit margins, chemist errors, and who knows what else, at least 30 additional drugs similar in structure to PCP were produced and sold. In the 1990s, an analogue of GHB (i.e., 1, 4-B) was sold over the counter. The manufacturer of the product was not selling the consumer GHB, but rather a product that was metabolized into GHB by your liver. The court ruled that 1,4-B was an analogue of GHB and therefore considered a Scheduled drug. More recently, bodybuilding supplements sold in stores were deemed analogues of anabolic steroids and pulled from shelves. The concept of altering the fingerprint of an illicit substance so it can be sold legally is not new and was the purpose of the Analogue Act.

Enter synthetic weed…I mean "herbal incense” or ...


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