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These Antidepressants Are Most Effective, Study Says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:30:32 +0100

Millions of people take antidepressants for depression. But there’s long been debate over just how effective the medications actually are. On Wednesday, a large new study provides evidence that antidepressants are more effective than placebo at treating acute depression in adults. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, looked at the published data from 522 randomized controlled trials testing 21 different types of antidepressants. The study authors also reached out to pharmaceutical companies and study authors for additional unpublished study data. All told, the data collection included 116,477 men and women, ages 18 and older, who had depression and who were treated for at least eight weeks. The researchers found that every type of antidepressant they studied was more effe...

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Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy as therapy to adults with post-traumatic stress disorder - Khalifeh AH.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is psychological trauma that effects on somatic, cognitive-affective, and behavioral. The goals of treatment to persons who have PTSD to decreasing functional impairment, building resilience, reducing symptom severity,... (Source: SafetyLit)

Treatment of Hoarding-Induced Trauma and Perpetration

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:01:40 +0100

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Standards Manual, Edition V (2013) reports that between 2 and 6% of the general population have a hoarding disorder. Once considered a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding is now regarded as a serious clinical condition co-morbid with diagnoses of depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, and sometimes psychosis given the delusional levels of denial that hoarders often present (Frost, Stekelee, Tolin, 2011). Hoarders engage in excessive acquisition of items, whether those items have real world value or not, as well as excessive shopping. This behavior often results in living environments that are seriously compromised, if not uninhabitable: blocked entrances and exits, leading ...

Brain scan and artificial intelligence could help predict whether OCD will improve with treatment

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:30:59 +0100

Washing hands needlessly dozens of times of day. Spending so much time perfecting schoolwork that it never gets turned in.These are typical behaviors for people with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, a lifelong illness marked by repetitive thoughts and actions that can seriously impair work performance, relationships and quality of life. OCD is most commonly treated with medication and a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. Unfortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy does not help everyone with OCD, and the treatment can be expensive and time-consuming.Now, UCLA researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — to predict whether people with OCD will benefit from cognitive behavior therapy. The tech...

Brain, Gut Both Crucial in Psychotherapy for Chronic Digestive Disorders Brain, Gut Both Crucial in Psychotherapy for Chronic Digestive Disorders

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:11:40 +0100

For patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease and other chronic digestive diseases, attention to the brain is as important as the gut, researchers say in a February 3 online article in Gastroenterology.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Depressed Rural HIV Patients May Benefit From Therapy Via Phone

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Telephone - administered interpersonal psychotherapy associated with fewer depressive symptoms (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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Book Review: Everyday Mindfulness for OCD

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:51:25 +0100

Despite the fact that many make light of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by poking fun at minor compulsions or obsessions, OCD is a very serious illness. For those who have it, it can be debilitating and disruptive, upsetting life in very serious and insurmountable ways. Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks, and Skills for Living Joyfully is for people who experience OCD at any level. Those who are newly diagnosed may benefit first from therapy before taking on this added tool. The book is also for professionals who treat patients with OCD, as well as for friends and family members of those diagnosed. Though not a quick fix, the tools offered may become part of a lifelong arsenal to fight the impacts of the disorder. Authors Jon Hershfield and Shala Nicely have each lived with ...

Do I Have ADHD?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:21:32 +0100

“Do I have ADHD?” It’s a question traditionally asked of a person’s family physician, since that’s typically the only healthcare professional with whom most people have an existing relationship. But in the past few decades, the question of whether or not a person has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been posed to the Internet. And the Internet has responded. Psych Central was one of the first mental health websites to offer an online ADHD quiz to test to see if a person might qualify for a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, back in the late 1990s. We developed our quizzes from the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, which is basically a simply symptom checklist. Qualifying for an ADHD Diagnosis Of course, only a trained mental health profess...

3 Pervasive, Persistent Myths about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:45:52 +0100

Our society tends to dismiss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We minimize it. We misunderstand it. Oh, you just don’t like winter. And who could blame you? Winter is tough on everyone. Oh, SAD is like the winter blues, right? You get grumpy or moody because you hate the freezing cold. You’re just in a funk. It happens to a lot of people. It’s totally normal. How can you feel depressed when the air is so crisp and it’s a winter wonderland out there? We incorporate SAD into our vocabulary, flippantly using it in conversation. “Similar to someone saying “I can’t make up my mind, it’s like I’m schizophrenic,” or “Costco was out of those socks I love, I’m so depressed,” it’s tempting to trivialize the reality of SAD,” said Stephanie Smith, PsyD, a psychologi...

Are rupture-repair episodes related to outcome in the treatment of trauma-exposed World Trade Center responders? - Haugen PT, Werth AS, Foster AL, Owen J.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:36:26 +0100

This study aimed to examine rupture-repair (R-R) episodes in a sample of adult World Trade Center responders (N = 32) who engaged in integrative psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an outpatient clinic.... (Source: SafetyLit)

Self-conscious emotions and suicidal ideation among women with and without history of childhood sexual abuse - Kealy D, Spidel A, Ogrodniczuk JS.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:36:26 +0100

Background Suicidal ideation and the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame are frequently encountered in psychotherapy. However, research regarding the relationship between self-conscious emotions and suicidal thoughts has been limited, particularl... (Source: SafetyLit)

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How Genetic Testing Saved My Life from Debilitating Clinical Depression

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:00:14 +0100

The psychologist’s qualifications are proudly displayed in frames on his wall: a doctorate in clinical psychology, board certifications in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. Maybe this means he can help me. I need an expert on the human mind to help me figure out why mine cannot cooperate, why consciousness has become so unbearable for me.   I am sitting on the couch in his office. He sits in his desk chair, awaiting my gaze to meet his. When I do, he delivers his first question: “Have you been considering suicide?” I am at the brink of desperation, and I figure I must be totally honest for him to help me. “Yes,” I say.   “Do you know what suicide is?” he asks. He does not wait for my response. Instead, he lifts two middle fingers and pushes them toward ...

Book Review: It ’ s Not Always Depression

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:39:06 +0100

Depression is thought to be one of the most common psychological ailments. When clinical social worker Hilary Jacobs Hendel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “It’s Not Always Depression,” it was the most emailed article for 48 hours, and stayed in the top ten shared articles for more than a week. Clearly, Hendel had struck a chord. In her new book, It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self, Hendel presents what we commonly label depression as a loss of the authentic self; a loss that not only keeps us from knowing what we really want out of life, but from knowing how to get it. Healing is not something that happens only when we seek treatment, writes Hendel. Rather, it is an ...

C-PTSD and Eating Disorders

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:36 +0100

As a relatively new and still poorly recognized concept, few people come to therapy identifying as suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). As a rule, a diagnosis of C-PTSD comes only after the process of self-discovery in therapy has begun. When people suffering from C-PTSD are referred to a therapist, or decide to seek help for themselves, it is usually because they are seeking help for one of its symptoms, including dissociative episodes, problems forming relationships, and alcohol or substance abuse. One of the more common issues that leads to the discovery of C-PTSD is the presence of an eating disorder, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. In this article, I will explore some of the reasons why C-PTSD often manifests itself in the form of an eating di...

Exploring the neuroscience of behavioral therapy in rats

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Society for Neuroscience) Psychotherapy may improve symptoms of psychiatric disorders by increasing activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, suggests a study of rats exposed to chronic stress. The research, published in JNeurosci, is a step toward understanding how the brain processes influenced by behavioral therapy may be targeted to improve treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Does childhood maltreatment moderate the effect of the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy versus supportive psychotherapy in persistent depressive disorder? - Klein JP, Erkens N, Schweiger U, Kriston L, Bausch P, Zobel I, Hautzinger M, Schoepf D, Serbanescu I, Bailer J, Backenstrass M, Wambach K, Walter H, H ärter M, Schramm E.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:38:50 +0100

[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)

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What an emerging drug company is doing to disrupt depression — podcast

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:13:29 +0100

Major depressive disorder — the persistent, intense sadness that most people know simply as depression — is pervasive: One estimate pegs 7 percent of Americans over 18 as having had an episode. The condition typically is treated with antidepressants as well as psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, since alcohol or drug a buse, medical conditions such as cancer and other types of medication can trigger events. BlackThorn Therapeutics Inc. thinks it has another way. Its drug, called BTRX-246040,… (Source: Health Care News Headlines)

Book Review: The Diagnostic System

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:40:09 +0100

While it’s true that many illnesses are foreign to the average person, many of the core symptoms of mental illness are familiar to virtually everyone. “Not only does the public have a reasonable sense about what the symptoms of mental illness feel like, it also has some intuitive grasp about what causes them,” writes Jason Schnittker. In his new book, The Diagnostic System: Why The Classification Of Psychiatric Disorders Is Necessary, Difficult, And Never Settled, Schnittker explores the evolution of the manual we use to understand mental illness – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Schnittker explores the often confusing and seemingly contradictory processes of defining criteria of mental illnesses, helping readers appreciate that a fluid approach is an adaptive strength of me...

Depressed and Worried About Finances? How to Become More Financially Savvy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:00:47 +0100

No one starts off in life wanting to worry about money. In fact, most of us dream of achieving wonderful things, including the ability to buy what we want, when we want it. It’s only after a series of disappointments — some call them hard knocks — that we come to the realization that money only goes so far. If we fail to learn the lessons of budgeting and saving, we’re destined to keep running into financial problems. This can lead to many a sleepless night, accompanied by worry and depression about finances. Finding a path from what I’ll call financial illiteracy to being more financially savvy may not be easy, yet it is doable. I know. I’ve been down this path and can firmly attest to the more secure and confident future at the other end of the journey. Here, I’ll s...

Music Therapy May Help Ease Depression Music Therapy May Help Ease Depression

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:23:48 +0100

Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Music therapy may help ease depression

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:17 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Psychotherapy May Up Buprenorphine Adherence Psychotherapy May Up Buprenorphine Adherence

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:10:40 +0100

Psychotherapy as an adjunct to buprenorphine maintenance treatment significantly improves long-term treatment retention rates compared standard counseling provided by prescribing physicians.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:01 +0100

Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the school-avoider? (Source: NYT Health)

Book Review: The Ethics of Caring

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:12:51 +0100

Caring is a universal force that compels healers all of kinds, from therapists to bodyworkers. Yet, as much as we are all drawn to the desire to help, really helping someone depends not just on desire, but on truly understanding the ethics of caring. In her new book, The Ethics of Caring: Finding Professional Right Relationship with Clients for Practicing Professionals, Students, Teachers & Mentors, Kylea Taylor illuminates just what is necessary to offer an authentic relationship where genuine transformation can occur, and to utilize the tremendous power of shared energy — felt in transference and counter-transference — to invoke powerful change. “These intense shared experiences that arise for many clients in the context of a professional healing relationship can bring ...

Disorder- and treatment-specific therapeutic competence scales for posttraumatic stress disorder intervention: development and psychometric properties - Dittmann C, M üller-Engelmann M, Stangier U, Priebe K, Fydrich T, Görg N, Rausch S, Resick PA, Steil R.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:06:04 +0100

This study aimed to develop t... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Sudan:Doctor Sharfi's Initiatives in Psychotherapy, Childcare

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:24:38 +0100

[SudaNow] Psychotherapy Consultant Dr. Mua'az Sharfi has for a long time been leading noteworthy initiatives in the domain of psychotherapy and the rehabilitation of persons with mental disorders. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

C-PTSD and Interpersonal Relationships

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:00:41 +0100

As I have discussed in other articles, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a unique condition that is the result of suffering a series of traumatic incidents over a long period of time at the hands of someone the victim has a dependent relationship with, usually a parent or other primary caregiver. C-PTSD shares many features of the better known PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is the result of a small number of impersonal traumas, such as car accidents. However, it also has many unique features, which give it a dual nature, in some ways more similar to some personality disorders, or other disorders such as bipolar disorder, with which it is often confused. In my work with clients who suffer from C-PTSD, I am frequently struck with how difficult it is for them to...

I hurt so: hypnotic interventions and palliative care for traumatic brain injury - Moss D.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:09:02 +0100

This article presents a case study in which self-hypnosis, hypnosis-assisted psychotherapy, and palliative care strategies were provided within a multi-modal integrative treatment program for a 38-year-old woman with traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary ... (Source: SafetyLit)

5 Pieces of Damaging Advice for Treating Depression

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:00:45 +0100

There’s plenty of advice on treating depression. There are thousands of books, blog posts and magazine articles. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Try this herb or vitamin. Avoid sugar. Be grateful. Be more grateful. You just need some fresh air. Go to therapy. Don’t go to therapy—it’s a waste of time and money. Of course, some advice is sincerely spot-on. Some advice seems helpful, but misses the mark for people struggling with clinical depression. And some of it is just plain bad. Which is why we asked psychologists who specialize in depression to share the damaging advice they’ve come across—which you’ll find below. Decide to be happier. Pasadena psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, has heard this advice from many (well-intentioned) loved ones of clients with depression. Mayb...

Navigating Graduate School with a Mental Illness

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:02 +0100

Psychologist Deborah Serani, Psy.D, was working with a young man who was struggling with a severe bout of social anxiety and chronic depression during his first trimester of grad school. Interacting with his classmates and giving presentations were excruciating. He considered dropping out. This is understandable. Grad school is hard enough. When you have a mental illness, it can feel impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. Below, three psychologists shared their suggestions for success. Learn about your mental illness. Working with a therapist can help you better understand your condition and yourself. What’s also helpful is to check out self-help books, podcasts about mental health and blogs by people with similar struggles. “The more you know about your mental illness, the more you can s...

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Examining the characteristics and clinical features of in- and between-session suicide risk assessments among psychiatric outpatients - Hom MA, Stanley IH, Rogers ML, Sheffler JL, Nelson KR, Joiner TE, Schramm E.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:24:20 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the characteristics of suicide risk assessments completed using the Decision Tree framework both in and between psychotherapy sessions, clinical features of patients for whom between-session assessments are indicated, and data collec... (Source: SafetyLit)

The Controversy in Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:00:09 +0100

In “From Victimhood to Victorhood” (published in the May/June 2015 issue of The Therapist), Alex Katehakis writes that a “major shift has occurred in treating partners of sex addicts”. The shift she describes is towards the Relational Trauma (RT) Model, in which practitioners emphasize that partners’ relational bonds are damaged by betrayal, as precipitated by the discovery of sexual acting out — not a historical and ongoing pattern of destructive or self-defeating behavior by non-acting out partners, as implied by the so-called co-addict model, previously espoused by writers like Stephanie Carnes and Claudia Black. In the RT approach, practitioners eschew the implication that partners contribute significantly to an addiction by an elaborate, conscious or unconscious patte...

How EMDR Therapy Heals Trauma and Addiction

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:00:02 +0100

Life experiences, either negative or positive, have a significant impact on our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Adverse life experiences such as abuse, neglect, violence, or emotional distress may have serious consequences later in life, such as mental illness or addiction. In treating individuals who suffer from addiction, it is important to address any co-occurring trauma, PTSD, or related symptoms within the setting of a drug and alcohol rehab facility because, in most instances, these traumatic events or experiences play a role in the person’s addictive behaviors. Therefore, the addiction cannot be fully overcome without addressing those issues. The Impact of Trauma Research shows that trauma plays an important role in how we live our lives. One such famous study is the CDC-Kaiser ...

The Benefits of Alternative Therapies

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:00:37 +0100

This article will take a look at two additional therapy practices that have been widely used by the U.S. and abroad. Specifically designed for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) works when a therapist leads a patient through a series of lateral eye movements while the patient focuses on traumatic memories. The goal is to reprocess these memories in an adaptive way — eliminating emotional distress and reducing physiological arousal.  Francine Shapiro, PhD, discovered the effects of EMDR by understanding “dual awareness”. When engaging in bilateral stimulation with memory, the experience of feeling traumatized dissipates naturally. EMDR has been practiced in the United States for more than twenty years. In order to participate, the therapist mus...

The impact of race and ethnicity on rates of return to psychotherapy for depression - Zeber JE, Coleman KJ, Fischer H, Yoon TK, Ahmedani BK, Beck A, Hubley S, Imel ZE, Rossom RC, Shortreed SM, Stewart C, Waitzfelder BE, Simon GE.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 02:21:00 +0100

BACKGROUND: There are many limitations with the evidence base for the role of race and ethnicity in continuation of psychotherapy for depression. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 242,765 patients  ≥ 18 years old from six healthcare systems... (Source: SafetyLit)

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A common factors approach to psychotherapy with chronically suicidal patients: wrestling with the angel of death - Yager J, Feinstein RE.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:39:06 +0100

OBJECTIVE: Conducting psychotherapy with chronically suicidal patients challenges clinical decision making and emotional self-management in both trainees and seasoned practitioners. Educators and trainees have noted the need for additional teaching materia... (Source: SafetyLit)

Addiction and the “ Why Can ’ t They Stop? ” Enigma

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:00:55 +0100

Why can’t they stop? This is perhaps the most elusive question posed when it comes to addiction. The answer is just as elusive — fleeting, incomprehensible, and illusory, like a ghost amidst shadows in the night. When we ask the question, we are baffled as to why those addicted to particular substances or behaviors continue to use or engage — regardless of the negative physical, psychological, and social effects. We cannot seem to intricately understand why some people decide to walk right off the cantilever of life — falling into a seemingly inescapable abyss. The question is definitely not an easy one to answer — even with advancements in addiction research. The elusive nature of the question is fueled by the complexity of human beings — within sociocultur...

UAB, other hospitals working on Department of Defense project

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:04:13 +0100

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is working with other hospitals and universities on a study examining whether a form of cognitive behavior therapy, a short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy approach to problem-solving, could be effective in reducing the frequency and the severity of seizures in those with TBI.   The study, funded by a $3.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, will be conducted at the University of Alabama… (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Easing refugees' trauma with psychotherapy

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Bielefeld University) They are suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, depression, or anxiety disorders: refugees coming to Germany from conflict areas are frequently traumatized. 'Realistic estimates state that up to 40 per cent of refugees have mental problems. Hence, for the period since 2015, we are talking about several hundred thousand people who are in real need of psychological support,' says Professor Dr. Frank Neuner from Bielefeld University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Book Review: The Body Remembers, Volume Two

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:04:38 +0100

Years ago, a friend of mine told me about a case that still haunted him. It involved a little girl who had been sexually abused whose parents felt she should tell all on the witness stand so that she could recover. When her testimony began, she started screaming and could not stop. Often people come to therapy thinking they must relive the trauma in order to come to grips with it, and want to begin telling the story in detail almost as soon as they sit down. As Babette Rothschild points out in The Body Remembers, Volume Two, when clients do that, they can become overwhelmed and re-traumatized and unlikely to return to therapy. In fact, telling all may not be a requirement to get better for a person. At one of her workshops, Rothschild asked therapists to raise a hand if they had expe...

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Interpersonal art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in people with learning disabilities in secure care: a protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study - Hackett SS, Taylor JL, Freeston M, Jahoda A, McColl E, Pennington L, Kaner E.

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:21:03 +0100

BACKGROUND: Art psychotherapy has greater potential for use with adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities as it places less of a burden on verbal interaction to achieve positive therapeutic, psychological, and behavioural goals. The feasibility s... (Source: SafetyLit)

Recollections of emotional abuse and neglect in childhood as risk factors for depressive disorders and the need for psychotherapy in adult life - Neumann E.

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:17:42 +0100

Theoretical and empirical works have pointed out that depression comes along with adverse interpersonal experiences in childhood and adult life. The purpose of this study was to explore whether past and current experiences differ in their relevance for dep... (Source: SafetyLit)

Perceived risks and use of psychotherapy via telemedicine for patients at risk for suicide - Gilmore AK, Ward-Ciesielski EF.

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:17:42 +0100

Introduction Suicide is a major public health problem and its human, emotional, and economic costs are significant. Individuals in rural areas are at highest risk for suicide. However, telemedicine services are typically not rendered to individuals who are... (Source: SafetyLit)

I ’ ve Been Seeing a Therapist for Years, So Why Am I Not Getting Better?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:52 +0100

The answer: We need to address what’s happening inside the office as well as stigma. During the creation of the documentary Going Sane I interviewed Cindy Bulik. She is perhaps the most important researcher on anorexia today. She lives between UNC where she is a distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Sweden where she is a professor at the Karolinska Institute. Her current research is exploring genetic influences on anorexia and by the end of our interview she asked if my entire family would be willing to give a sample of blood for the study. She is not the single-minded professor oblivious to social customs that is often portrayed in movies — quite the opposite. She is terribly charismatic and careful in her word placement. If she doesn’t like how she said something, sh...

What Does It Mean to Have OCD? These Are 5 Common Symptoms

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:40 +0100

Having obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) isn’t easy. The condition, marked by uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors, strikes about 2% of the general population—a figure that in the U.S. alone means nearly 6.5 million people. If you’ve made it past young adulthood without developing any symptoms, you’re likely in the clear. You wouldn’t know that to hear people talk, however. In recent years, OCD has become the psychological equivalent of hypoglycemia or gluten sensitivity: a condition untold numbers of people casually—almost flippantly—claim they’ve got, but in most cases don’t. Folks who hate a messy desk but could live with one for a day do not necessarily have OCD. Nor do those who wash their hands before eating but would still hav...

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Ontario to spend $72.6M over 3 years on psychotherapy

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:22:38 +0100

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced on Monday that the province will provide an additional $72.6 million over the next three years on psychotherapy programs. (Source: CBC | Health)

For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:01:01 +0100

Children and teens with severe anxiety benefit most from both psychotherapy and medication, a study finds. But it can be hard for families to find and pay for high-quality therapy.(Image credit: John Holcroft/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Book Review: This Close to Happy

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:08:59 +0100

In the category of memoirs about depression, there are some distinguished contributions. They include, for example, Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, William Styron’s Darkness Visible, and Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted. Daphne Merkin knows these books well, but as someone who has dealt with serious depression her entire life, she finds them lacking. “It seems to me that these characterizations tend to bracket the episodes of breakdown or incapacitating depression within unimpeachable demonstrations of the writer’s otherwise hyperfunctioning existence,” writes Merkin. With This Close to Happy, Merkin wanted to do something different, to “describe what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression from the inside, in a way that I hope will speak to both the su...

At Your Service: Another Way of Quieting Anxiety

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:09 +0100

The Bully Within and Without A young man described his anxiety as being like a gang of bullies surrounding and taunting him with invectives such as, “You’re going to fail anyway, so why bother trying?” “Nothing is ever going to work for you.” “What if everything falls apart?” These inner demons echoed some of what he came to believe when he was in middle school — a period which seems to be the bane of the existence for many teens. It tends to be a point in their development when they cross an invisible line into their own personal hell. In his case there were actual human representatives of that harsh inner critic that he came to carry with him. He internalized the bullies and let them run roughshod over him. As an adult, he worried about his future. He worried abou...

Changing internal representations of self and other: philosophical tools for the attachment-informed psychotherapy with perpetrators and victims of violence - P ârvan A.

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:08:44 +0100

Attachment research shows that the formation of unconscious, insecure representations of the self, the other, and the self-other relations is linked to perpetration and receipt of violence. Attachment-focused therapy aims to change these internal schemata ... (Source: SafetyLit)

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How I Eliminated Chronic Stress from My Life

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:43 +0100

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James I wasn’t always filled with chronic stress, although some might say (as my psychotherapist informed me) that my childhood was particularly stressful, if not quite approaching toxic stress. What I’ve learned in the years since undergoing therapy is that my mother likely suffered from depression as she carried me in her womb, thus, potentially setting the stage for what later became my own depression, heightened fear and anxiety, hypersensitivity and feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, even despair. The death of my grandmother, aunt and then my father when I was a young girl only added to the inordinate amount of stress I tried to bury. How did I overcome chronic stress? In sho...

Lightning Process 'could help children with chronic fatigue syndrome', study claims

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Conclusion The results from this very small randomised controlled trial showed that people having LP therapy in addition to usual CFS/ME care had improved physical function, fatigue and anxiety symptoms at six months, and improved school attendance and depressive symptoms at 12 months. However, there are a number of limitations to this research that need to be considered: Participants in both groups improved, so both treatments were effective to some extent. This was a very small trial, and the results analysis involved fewer than the 100 people recruited. It would need to be repeated in a much larger group to demonstrate more robust findings. A number of outcomes were looked at, so it was very likely that some of them would return positive findings by chance – the improvements mig...

Neurobiological mechanisms of exercise and psychotherapy in depression: the SPeED study-Rationale, design, and methodological issues - Heinzel S, Rapp MA, Fydrich T, Str öhle A, Terán C, Kallies G, Schwefel M, Heissel A.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:05:51 +0100

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Even though cognitive behavioral therapy has become a relatively effective treatment for major depressive disorder and cognitive behavioral therapy-related changes of dysfunctional neural activations were shown in recent studies, remission... (Source: SafetyLit)

Outcome trajectories and prognostic factors for suicide and self-harm behaviors in patients with borderline personality disorder following one year of outpatient psychotherapy - McMain SF, Fitzpatrick S, Boritz T, Barnhart R, Links P, Streiner DL.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:05:51 +0100

This study examined suicide and self-harm trajectories in 180 individuals with BPD receiving dialectical behavior therapy or general psychiatric management in a randomized controlled trial. Suicide and self-harm behaviors were assessed at baseline, every f... (Source: SafetyLit)

Premature psychotherapy termination in an outpatient treatment program for personality disorders: a survival analysis - Gamache D, Savard C, Lemelin S, C ôté A, Villeneuve E.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:05:51 +0100

OBJECTIVE: Psychological treatment for patients with personality disorders (PD) is plagued with a high proportion of early dropouts, and attempts to identify risk factors for attrition have generated very few conclusive results. The purpose of the present ... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Changes in self-representations following psychoanalytic psychotherapy for young adults: a comparative typology - Werbart A, Brusell L, Iggedal R, Lavfors K, Widholm A.

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:05:55 +0100

Changes in dynamic psychological structures are often a treatment goal in psychotherapy. The present study aimed at creating a typology of self-representations among young women and men in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, to study longitudinal changes in self... (Source: SafetyLit)

Behavioral therapy increases connectivity in brains of people with OCD

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:25:04 +0100

UCLA researchers report that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, when treated with a special form of talk therapy, demonstrate distinct changes in their brains as well as improvement in their symptoms.In the study, published in  Translational Psychiatry, people with OCD underwent daily cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, to learn how to better resist compulsive behaviors and to decrease distress. Within one month, they had developed extensive increases in the strength of the connections between regions of their brains — which may reflect the participants gained new non-compulsive behaviors and thought patterns.The results bolster the argument for making CBT more widely available for treating the disorder, which affects more than one in 50 people in the U.S. The study also could...

The role of psychotherapy in domestic violence - Torales J, Barrios I, Arce A.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:05:44 +0100

[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)

How to Support a Family Member Struggling with Anxiety

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:55 +0100

Anxiety is a novel concept in society. Millions of people all over the world struggle with symptoms related to anxiety every day. This common ailment is characterized by uneasiness, uncertainty, obsessive thinking, palpitations, and panic. I can be abrupt and overwhelming, resulting in a feeling of lacking control. However you can support a family member struggling with anxiety. In my entire career as a counselor, I have come across different individuals from diverse backgrounds who tried all means of medication, therapy, meditation, acupuncture, etc. Different treatment options work differently for everyone. With my experience in the field, I firmly believe that the procedure listed below will be helpful in eradicating anxiety. Steer Away from Judgement I would encourage you to stop ...

Ross Lazar obituary

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:47:25 +0100

My friend, work colleague and cousin by marriage, Ross Lazar, who has died aged 72 of cancer, was a psychotherapist and organisational consultant who spread British psychoanalytic ideas across Europe. A central part of his career lay in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its associated observational studies. But in parallel he also developed a second strand working with groups and organisations.Born to Jack, a businessman, and Pearl (nee Wachs), a legal secretary, in New Jersey, Ross came to Britain in the early 1970s to train at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where the Kleinian school of psychoanalysis – grounded in the observation of infants, children and families – had been established.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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The Flawed Mental Healthcare Industry

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:00:45 +0100

I’ve spent the bulk of my life living with depression and anxiety. This means that I’ve spent most of my life in and out of doctor’s offices, with different counselor’s, telling my history to different professionals, and seeking out different treatment methods for myself. Sometimes, and unfortunately quite often, things can go awry when you are trying to get quality treatment for yourself. I started my journey with depression and anxiety treatment when I was just 14 years old. My first experience with medication was when a primary care physician prescribed an antidepressant to me. It wasn’t the best experience, as psychiatry wasn’t her specialty and things weren’t fully explained to me. I ended up quitting the medication cold turkey and things ended up being worse for me afte...

CBT by nurses ‘could cut service use by anxious patients’

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:38:00 +0100

A form of psychotherapy that can be delivered by nurses helps patients overcome health anxiety and could prevent thousands of unnecessary trips to GP surgeries and hospitals, a trial has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)

Book Review: Addiction Treatment

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:45:22 +0100

Spanning across all socioeconomic statuses, races, cultures and ages, addiction is one of the largest and most insidious problems our society faces today. And yet, for the medical doctors who are often tasked with treating addiction, identifying and treating it is not always a straight forward process. In his new book, Addiction Treatment, Dr. Michael Weaver, a specialist in substance abuse disorders, provides a comprehensive review of addiction, dual diagnosis, pharmaceutical treatment and clinical advice about how to work with an addict. “People are embarrassed to admit to using drugs partly because they worry others will see it as a personal weakness or defect,” writes Weaver. But Weaver also writes that having the right screening tools can make a big difference. Asking non-inva...

Surprising Insights About Anxiety

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:00:43 +0100

Everyone struggles with anxiety from time to time. Some of us have a closer relationship with it than others. But even though anxiety is universal, there are still plenty of misconceptions about how it functions and what helps to treat it. Below anxiety experts reveal the truths about anxiety—many insights which might surprise you. The skills we use for everything else in life are utterly ineffective for anxiety. According to Debra Kissen, PhD., M.H.S.A, a psychologist and clinical director of Light On Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago, Ill., let’s say you have a flat tire. Naturally, you would do whatever you can to fix your tire. You certainly wouldn’t say, “Oh, well. I have a flat tire. I’ll just accept it.” But this is exactly what you need to do with anxiety. “When it ...

Multiprofessional inpatient psychotherapy of depression in old age - Cabanel N, Kundermann B, Franz M, M üller MJ.

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:23:22 +0100

Depression is common in old age but is often underdiagnosed and inadequately treated. Although psychotherapy is considered effective for treating elderly patients with depression, it is rarely applied in inpatient settings. Furthermore, treatment on inpati... (Source: SafetyLit)

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High demand for psychotherapy in patients with inflammatory bowel disease - Klag T, Mazurak N, Fantasia L, Schwille-Kiuntke J, Kirschniak A, Falch C, Goetz M, Malek NP, Enck P, Wehkamp J.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:29:40 +0100

BACKGROUND: The relative contribution of psychological factors to the onset and course of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is a matter of constant debate since its beginning, as is the clinical need and the efficacy of psychotherapeutic interventions. How... (Source: SafetyLit)

Neurotic? Good news: You might live longer

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:48:47 +0100

To some people, the word "neurotic" can conjure images of a certain type of psychotherapy: Woody Allen types splayed out on long divans, with Freudian therapists sitting coolly behind them, asking vague questions about Oedipal complexes. (Source: - Health)

Can Art Therapy Help Heal the Pain of PTSD?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Art therapy has experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades, not only advancing treatment options but also advancing into different populations and treatment settings. In particular, art therapists have been working with a very special and unique population — the military. For over 15 years, post-9/11 military service members and veterans have been coming home after serving sometimes multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have sustained physical and psychological combat injuries and require extensive care. While medical advancements have made it possible to survive catastrophic injuries, the reality for those who do survive is that they may require extensive physical, hands-on care for many years to come. In addition to physical impacts, post-traumatic stress disor...

5 Common Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:00:18 +0100

Whether you’ve been to therapy or not, you’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a popular type of therapy that many, many therapists use to help their clients treat everything from severe anxiety to debilitating depression. But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound. Below, two psychologists who specialize in CBT share the facts behind the most common misconceptions. Myth: CBT is a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach where a clinician applies a specific technique to a specific problem. Even though CBT features structured protocols for different disorders, it is not an inflexible treatment that ignores clients’ individuality. In fact, CBT requires that clinic...

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:00:10 +0100

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults 18 years of age and older, or 18% of the population (National Institute of Mental Health). Although highly treatable, only one-third of anxiety sufferers seek treatment (Association and Depression Association of America). In contrast to people who don’t suffer with anxiety, people with anxiety disorders are 3 to 5 times more likely to go see a physician and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders. Anxiety sufferers are more likely to also suffer with depression, and almost half of those diagnosed with depression also have a co-occurring anxiety disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) impacts about 6.8 million American adults or 3.1% of the total adult population. Pe...

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Analyzing pictorial artifacts from psychotherapy and art therapy when overcoming stress and trauma - Gerge A, Pedersen IN.

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:08:53 +0100

When analysing artwork conducted in therapy, theories of interconnectedness, stress and trauma, including neuroception, and re-regulation-processes are considered important building-blocks of trauma and change-informed assessment processes. A process-based... (Source: SafetyLit)

Exploring the benefits of intersectional feminist social justice approaches in art psychotherapy - Wright T, Wright K.

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:08:53 +0100

This paper charts a research and knowledge exchange project between a university and group of art psychotherapists who came together in a project aimed at better understanding the benefits of critical feminist social justice approaches to art psychotherapy... (Source: SafetyLit)

Advances in psychotherapy for depressed older adults - Raue PJ, McGovern AR, Kiosses DN, Sirey JA.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:41:36 +0100

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review recent advances in psychotherapies for depressed older adults, in particular those developed for special populations characterized by chronic medical illness, acute medical illness, cognitive impairment, and suicide risk factor... (Source: SafetyLit)

The relationship between the UPPS-P impulsive personality traits and substance use psychotherapy outcomes: a meta-analysis - Hershberger AR, Um M, Cyders MA.

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:05:44 +0100

BACKGROUND: Although impulsive personality traits have been well implicated in substance use disorder (SUD) risk, little work has established how specific impulsive personality traits influence and are influenced by SUD psychotherapy outcomes. The purpose ... (Source: SafetyLit)

Brain Patterns May Predict Psychotherapy Response in PTSD Brain Patterns May Predict Psychotherapy Response in PTSD

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:21:33 +0100

Brain activity patterns in response to emotional regulation tasks may help predict which PTSD patients respond best to psychotherapy and may point to novel treatments, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Injured Workers: Chronic Pain Risk Factors Explored

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:10:19 +0100

Conclusion Psychosocial risk factors gone unchecked can be debilitating, leaving the injured worker in chronic pain and unable to function much at all. An expertly trained CBT psychologist can teach techniques that transform these workers, and in a short period of time. (Source: Psych Central)

Science News » Imaging Pinpoints Brain Circuits Changed by PTSD Therapy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:37:08 +0100

Using brain imaging to track the effects of treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scientists have identified a brain circuit on which a frequently used and effective psychotherapy (prolonged exposure) acts to quell symptoms. The findings help explain why the neural circuit identified is a promising target for additional treatment development, including brain stimulation therapies. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

Imaging reveals how well PTSD patients will respond to psychotherapy, researchers find

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Stanford University Medical Center) A pair of studies led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine demonstrates that scientists can predict, with a high degree of accuracy, which patients with post-traumatic stress disorder will respond to a method of psychotherapy often used to treat the condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

5 things parents should know about eating disorders

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:31 +0100

Dr. Sara Forman, director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Outpatient Eating Disorders Program and Dr. Tracy Richmond, director of the PREP weight management program in Adolescent Medicine, share five things parents should know about eating disorders. Kids don’t have to be really thin to have an eating disorder. Not everyone with an eating disorder looks like he or she has an eating disorder. The condition is often hidden in secret habits or obsessions. For example, binge eating and bulimia — or binging and purging — are common eating disorders not necessarily associated with thinness. Eating disorders can affect anyone. Boys and girls of all races/ethnicities and socioeconomic groups develop eating disorders. “We are seeing younger and younger kids. We see pati...

Guidelines for Helping Your Loved One with Schizophrenia

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:00:48 +0100

In my practice I have seen several clients with schizophrenia. In that time I have noticed that a good majority of the therapy and psychoeducation is also needed for the family and loved ones of the person with schizophrenia. I cannot tell you how many times I hear pleas from family members that they just want to know how to help, communicate, understand and engage with their loved one but cannot find enough resources or help. The purpose of this article is to offer some understanding of the cycle of schizophrenia as well as “do’s” and “don’ts” of how to help your loved one. Responding to Beliefs or Hallucinations Often times your loved one with schizophrenia will express to you beliefs and ideas that are difficult for you to believe. This may come in the form of feeling they a...

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World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:55:46 +0100

Imperial College London scientists expect to give first dose in the next two months alongside psychotherapyDoctors in Bristol are set to begin the world ’s first clinical study into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction.Researchers are testing whether a few doses of the drug, in conjunction with psychotherapy, could help patients overcome addiction more effectively than conventional treatments. The small trial was granted ethical approval a few weeks ago and the team expects to give the first dose of MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy pills, within the next two months.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

A Step Forward in Our Understanding of C-PTSD

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:24 +0100

The concept of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as C-PTSD for short, was first developed in the early 1990s. As with all scientific advances, not everyone realized its importance immediately and time was required to both refine and propagate the idea. The World Health Organization, for example, still does not recognize C-PSTD as a distinct health problem, though it may be included in the new list, scheduled for publication in 2018. The widespread slowness in recognizing C-PTSD is sometimes frustrating for those of us working in the field of psychology, trauma, and behavioral health. C-PTSD can produce severe depression, anxiety, and even psychotic episodes, which in turn can lead to serious physical symptoms. When healthcare practitioners are not aware that the problems they a...

Exercise, CBT, Diminish Diabetes-Associated Depression Exercise, CBT, Diminish Diabetes-Associated Depression

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:37:51 +0100

The study also is the first to show improved glycemic control related to exercise plus psychotherapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Psychosocial interventions for self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt in children and young people: What? How? Who? and Where?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:14:09 +0100

We reviewed the evidence for the effectiveness of indicated individual psychosocial interventions for the treatment of self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in children and young people, with a particular emphasis on the emerging use of electronic methods to deliver psychological interventions. In total, 16 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were identified, none of which included children under the age of 12 years. Cognitive –behavioural therapy is the most commonly implemented approach in RCTs until now, although problem-solving therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, social support and distal support methods by provision of a green card and regular receipt of postcards have also been investigated. Young people have be en recruited into RCTs within schools, outpatient clinic...

Simpler therapy may successfully treat adolescents with anorexia nervosa

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:14:14 +0100

Family-based treatment (FBT) is an effective evidence-based therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN) and is the recommended approach to treatment at the present time. The effectiveness of other treatments such as individual psychotherapy (ego-oriented therapy) and generic family therapy (systemic family therapy) is based on less evidence and such treatments are not as effective as FBT.1 Whether treatment involving the whole family, or a simpler treatment involving parents only, differ in effectiveness is not known.This was a single-site study conducted at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. A total of 107 adolescents aged 12 to 18 years with AN were randomly allocated to two treatments: FBT involving the whole family in treatment together with a family meal, or parent-...

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Pride in Mental Health: An Interview With The Trevor Project And Crisis Text Line

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:37:58 +0100

This week I had the privilege of speaking with experts, activists, and advocates about the various mental health needs we have in the LGBTQ communities, at an event hosted by Crisis Text Line.  We all agreed that a supportive and continuous, therapeutic relationship is key, for everyone really.  But for those of us who face constant discrimination it can be a matter of life and death.  The trouble is that psychotherapy is stigmatized; not enough clinicians are competent, curious, or empathetic enough to make a connection with LGBTQ clients; and too many people simply can’t afford therapy, or their insurance won’t cover it (if they even have insurance).  The experts I spoke to all fight tirelessly against these obstacles, in order to connect people to the saf...

Brain-Circuit-Based Therapies for OCD

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:00:11 +0100

I say it over and over again when I write about OCD. The evidence-based psychological treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy known as exposure and response prevention (ERP). Medication is helpful for some individuals as well. With proper treatment, most people with OCD will improve. But what if you don’t? What if, after attempting these traditional therapies, there is no improvement and you are still suffering with severe OCD? While I’ve written before about some people with OCD erroneously being labeled treatment-resistant, there are indeed a small number of people who receive no benefit from ERP therapy and/or medication. Is there any hope for those who are truly treatment-resistant? Absolutely. There have actually been some alternative ...

Nonlinear change processes during psychotherapy characterize patients who have made multiple suicide attempts - Bryan CJ, Rudd MD.

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:20:33 +0100

Research suggests that multiple suicide attempters experience considerable variability in suicide ideation and longer-duration suicidal crises, which suggests the possibility of two states of stability (one low risk and one high risk). To date, however, fe... (Source: SafetyLit)

UCLA doctors use magnetic stimulation to ‘rewire’ the brain for people with depression

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:03:16 +0100

Americans spend billions of dollars each year  on antidepressants, but the National Institutes of Health estimates that those medications work for only 60 percent to 70 percent of people who take them. In addition, the number of people with depression has increased 18 percent since 2005, according to the World Health Organization, which this year launched a global campaign encouraging people to seek treatment. The  Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is one of a handful of hospitals and clinics nationwide that offer a treatment that works in a fundamentally different way than drugs. The technique, transcranial magnetic stimulation, beams targeted magnetic pulses deep inside patients ’ brains — an approach that has been likened to rewiring a computer.TMS has...

What It's Like To Have Postpartum Depression In Rural America

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:01:05 +0100

After her daughter’s birth, Jeanne Sager, 34, felt so distraught that she feared leaving the house. “It was June, the weather was gorgeous, but I wouldn’t venture to the front porch,” she says. Sager had postpartum depression, the No. 1 complication of pregnancy that affects almost 20 percent of new mothers. According to Postpartum Support International, women may become depressed at any time during the first year after giving birth. While the exact cause is unknown, stressors, such as hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation and lack of social support, may contribute to this mental health disorder. Symptoms include feelings of sadness, anxiety and irritability. Depressed mothers may also have difficulty bonding with their babies, and in severe cases, they may ...

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Therapists Spill: How I Faced My Fears

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:09:42 +0100

We assume that therapists have everything figured out. We assume they don’t really struggle—or at least not like we do. Which means they don’t have fears—or they’ve conquered them a long time ago. Which means they rarely worry or get self-conscious. They rarely agonize about really small things. After all, they’re experts in psychological health, right? But while therapists do have a deep understanding of fear and a range of effective tools to deal with it, they still experience it. Because fear is human. Because everyone experiences fear. Everyone worries. Everyone struggles. We don’t vanquish or eliminate fear—which comes in all shapes, sizes and stripes. Below, five therapists reveal how they faced their fears—big and small. For therapist Laura Reagan, LCSW...

Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:06:47 +0100

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 -- Many barriers can keep people from psychotherapy, such as cost or the availability of a qualified health provider. But new research suggests that online therapy programs can help some people with mild to moderate... (Source: - Daily MedNews)

The Candid, Honest Reasons These Women Called Off Their Engagements

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:55:56 +0100

K.J., a single mom, had been in a relationship with Ben for three years before deciding that enough was enough: He didn’t seem to want to move in together, let alone get married. “With a broken heart, I went to break it off with him, and in a panic, he asked me to marry him,” she told HuffPost. “Our engagement was more stressful than ecstatic.”  In the end, the engagement didn’t pan out. But she’s not alone; many women and men call off relationships with people they they seriously considered marrying.  A common reason is fear of commitment, according to Elisabeth LaMotte, a couples’ psychotherapist and founder of the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C. “Fear of commitment can either be consciously o...

Bouldering envisioned as new treatment for depression

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Arizona) UA researcher Eva-Maria Stelzer and her colleagues involved more than 100 individuals in a bouldering intervention in Germany, where some hospitals have begun to use climbing as a therapeutic treatment. The team found the social, mental and physical endurance of bouldering could be successful psychotherapy for treating depression in adults. Stelzer co-led the team, based in Germany, with Katharina Luttenberger of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Change during psychotherapy through sand play tray in children that have been sexually abused - Tornero MDLA, Capella C.

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:17:34 +0100

This paper presents the results of a qualitative study on the use of sandplay, or sand tray therapy, in the psychotherapeutic process of children who have been sexually abused. A longitudinal study was carried out with seven participants between the ages o... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Cognitive behavioural therapy and short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy versus brief psychosocial intervention in adolescents with unipolar major depression (IMPACT): a multicentre, pragmatic, observer-blind, randomised controlled trial.

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:50:14 +0100

Although there are effective psychological treatments for unipolar major depression in adolescents, whether or not one or more of the available therapies maintain reduced depressive symptoms 1 year after the end of treatment is not known. This is a non-trivial issue because maintaining lowered depressive symptoms below a clinical threshold level reduces the risk for diagnostic relapse into the adult years. To determine whether or not either of two specialist psychological treatments, cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) or short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP), is more effective than a reference brief psychosocial intervention (BPI) in maintaining reduction of depression symptoms in the ye ar after treatment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Dealing with OCD — When Instincts Are Wrong

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:00:10 +0100

So many times in my life, especially in my role as a mom, I have trusted my instincts when faced with difficult decisions. When my son was dealing with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, I again trusted my instincts, and while my gut feelings often led me down the right path, there are times when all they did was lead to trouble. As it turns out, trusting your instincts in relation to OCD is not always the best way to go — especially when dealing with family accommodation. Family accommodation refers to a family member’s participation or assistance in the rituals of their relative with OCD. Some common examples of family accommodation include reassuring (continually answering questions like, “Will I be okay if I do this or don’t do that?”), altering a family’s plans or...

Pro bono psychotherapy with survivors of intimate partner violence - Conway KM.

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:08:54 +0100

This article describes a program called "Connect and Change" in which psychotherapists in private practice offer long-term psychotherapy to women who have experienced intimate partner violence. The program is for women who cannot pay for therapy on their o... (Source: SafetyLit)

Adverse childhood experiences, breast cancer, and psychotherapy - Wendling CA.

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:18:01 +0100

This study is based on 14 women's breast cancer autobiographies that mention adverse childhood experiences. Recent research has established that early trauma tends to be associated with long-lasting physiological deregulations such as an overactive fight-o... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Leaning Into Yourself: Abandoning Fear And Embracing Yourself

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:10:00 +0100

“We’re all just walking each other home.” ― Ram Dass We went around the room, one by one answering the question proposed by our graduate school professor in the counseling psychology program I’d recently been accepted into: “Once you complete your master’s and doctoral degrees, what do you intend to do?” Perpetually anxious, I hyperventilated as each member of my cohort detailed their future research plans, careers in academia, and other equally intimidating (and boring, in my opinion) pursuits. “Angie, what about you?” Dr. Wesley asked sincerely, his head slightly tilted while he awaited the response of yet another ambitious scholar. “Um, the truth is this is my backup plan.” Oh, God! Holy shit. Did I really just say that...