Posts by David Barnhart

Intensive Outpatient Treatment for OCD by Telehealth: Is it as effective as in-person therapy?

Research throughout the COVID pandemic suggested OCD symptoms were stable or improved for about two-thirds of individuals, with one-third experiencing worsening symptoms.   A recent publication in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders reported on the efficacy of intensive CBT telehealth for OCD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two matched samples with 239 pre-COVID in-person…

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Starting Over (And Over)

Blog Post from Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart, Jr.https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/spirituality-and-mental-health-starting-over-and-over/ Posted on January 12, 2021 The late leaves hanging on the plum tree, by cogdogblog, from Wikimedia Commons I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the…

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Improving attention for kids: Shaping attention in virtual school

  The following program utilizes a response cost strategy conducted between the parent and the child in an unobtrusive manner.  This program has been used effectively by regular classroom teachers with students who have high rates of off-task behavior. This program can be used by parents at home for homeschooling or homework after school.  The…

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ADHD and Learning Assessments by Telehealth

Are you interested in testing for ADHD or other learning disabilities? Does your child need to seek accommodations for school?   Now is a perfect time!   Behavioral Sciences of Alabama is currently offering CONTACTLESS psychoeducational/diagnostic testing. To get started, make a clinical interview appointment with Dr. David Barnhart to discuss symptoms and complete initial…

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The “Social Distancing” Blues by Summer Scott, MA

Summer Scott, M.A., ALC, NCC Research tells us in abundance that isolation has a negative impact on mental health after certain periods of time. So, what do we do when the isolation is government-mandated?   Here are some tips on how to manage the depression, anxiety, irritability, fear, or boredom that may come along with…

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The Face Safety Game: Habit Reversal Training for Covid-19

People touch their faces an average of 23 times an hour. At Behavioral Sciences, we use habit reversal training (HRT) to teach people with tic disorders, including thumb sucking, lip biting, skin picking, and many other habits to significantly reduce the frequency of those behaviors. You can use these techniques to reduce your face, mouth,…

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Phone and Video Alternatives for Counseling and Medication Follow-ups

To our valued clients: In the spirit of “social distancing”, Behavioral Sciences of Alabama is offering an alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy (and medication management). We are currently providing in-office sessions for those fully vaccinated against COVID,  please be aware that you can instead schedule a video or phone call sessions with the following providers: David…

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Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart Joins Staff

Couples who participate in premarital preparation are more likely to stay married. Those who do pre-engagement education have even better outcomes. Unfortunately, most couples who marry do not participate in premarital work. While we require licenses for driving and practicing medicine, the most important relationship of our lives requires no education at all! Rev. Dr.…

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Is Your Teen Tired All the Time?

Sleep deprivation shows up across a variety of diagnostic categories. Approximately 30% of adolescents between 13 and 25 suffer from a sleep disorder. When I ask teens how they’re feeling, they will frequently answer, “Tired.” One of the first questions I ask in a diagnostic interview is “Do you feel rested when you wake up…

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