What 'Empire' Got Right (And Wrong) About Music Therapy

Perhaps one of the most stirring and sympathetic characters in Fox’s hit show “Empire" is Andre, who suffers from Bipolar disorder. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past three months and haven’t watched the hottest TV show of 2015, here’s a quick recap of Andre’s situation: the oldest son of a music conglomerate CEO vies for power over the company he helped build, but between all the pressure (and betrayal, and violence, and lack of love and support), as well as his attempts to keep a lid on his emotions, Andre eventually flushes his meds down the toilet, precipitating a mental breakdown and entry into an in-patient therapy program. That’s where he meets Michelle White, a lovely and talented music therapist played by Jennifer Hudson. Certain members of the Lyon family (cough-Cookie!-cough) express skepticism about music therapy, and there’s no doubt that Andre’s status as the “talentless” son who can’t sing doesn’t help things, either. But the show’s depiction of music therapy, along with the peace that Andre experiences at the piano bench with his therapist, isn’t just a way to shoehorn music into every aspect of the TV show. Instead, said Al Bumanis, a board-certified music therapist, the show is correct to represent music therapy as a powerful tool for people coping with mental illness. “Music has a way of reaching people where other interventions, like ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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ConclusionsMultisensory (vision, olfaction, hearing) analogue trauma in VR and SDI offers a useful tool for the induction and real-time assessment of peri- and post-traumatic risk factors for analogue stress-associated psychopathology. VR was more effective in inducing analogue symptoms than SDI, even though the latter might be more personalised. New experimental models for studying trauma exposure and responses may contribute to a better understanding of risk factors and help to identify and protect individuals at risk.
Source: Journal of Anxiety Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
ConclusionsThough the available literature is mostly short-term, there is evidence that lithium monotherapy is reasonably safe and effective in children and adolescents, specifically for acute mania and for prevention of mood episodes.
Source: European Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 August 2018Source: NeuroImageAuthor(s): Thomas Alderson, Arun L.W. Bokde, J.A. Scott Kelso, Liam Maguire, Damien Coyle, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging InitiativeAbstractCurrent theory suggests brain regions interact to reconcile the competing demands of integration and segregation by leveraging metastable dynamics. An emerging consensus recognises the importance of metastability in healthy neural dynamics where the transition between network states over time is dependent upon the structural connectivity between brain regions. In Alzheimer's disease (AD) – the most common form o...
Source: NeuroImage - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 August 2018Source: Clinica Chimica ActaAuthor(s): Huijun Chen, Xiaoqian Luan, Kai Zhao, Huihua Qiu, Yuntao Liu, Xinjie Tu, Wenjie Tang, Jincai HeAbstractsBackgroundPost-stroke depression (PSD) is the most common complication occurring among stroke survivors. It has been shown that increased neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is associated with depression. We explored the relationship between NLR and PSD.MethodsIn total, 299 ischemic stroke patients were consecutively enrolled in the study and received 1 month follow-up. The 17-Hamilton Rating Scale was used to measure depressive sy...
Source: Clinica Chimica Acta - Category: Laboratory Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Delafontaine M, Villas-Boas IM, Pidde G, van den Berg CW, Mathieu L, Blomet J, Tambourgi DV Abstract Bothrops lanceolatus snake venom causes systemic thrombotic syndrome but also local inflammation involving extensive oedema, pain, and haemorrhage. Systemic thrombotic syndrome may lead to fatal pulmonary embolism and myocardial and cerebral infarction. Here, we investigated the ability of B. lanceolatus venom to activate the Complement system (C) in order to improve the understanding of venom-induced local inflammation. Data presented show that B. lanceolatus venom is able to activate all C-pathways. In hu...
Source: Journal of Immunology Research - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: J Immunol Res Source Type: research
Authors: Schumacher S, Weiss D, Knaevelsrud C Abstract The efficacy of exposure is beyond doubt, which is reflected in guidelines recommending its application in the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research suggests exposure to be underutilized in clinical practice in the United States and Europe. A systematic investigation of the dissemination of exposure in Germany is lacking. The present study examined the dissemination and application frequency of exposure among German cognitive behavioural therapists working in routine care. In an online-based survey, 331 psychotherapi...
Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Clin Psychol Psychother Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Individual EFT demonstrates potential as a psychological treatment for BED. The current study provides preliminary evidence to guide the development of a more extensive trial to test the efficacy of individual EFT for BED as well as to identify possible mechanisms of change. PMID: 30118179 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Clin Psychol Psychother Source Type: research
In this study, graphene oxide (GO) was introduced to polypyrrole (PPY) matrix, furthermore, PPY-GO composite coatings with different GO content were in-situ electrodeposited on 304 stainless steel (SS) bipolar plates to protect them from corrosion in the aggressive working environment. The electrochemical results imply that the conductive PPY-GO composite coatings significantly decrease the polarization current density of 304SS during potentiostatic polarization in the simulated PEMFC environment. The existence of GO in PPY matrix enhances the coatings adhesion strength and makes the diffusion pathway of corrosive species ...
Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include vaccination in pregnant women and ASD; treating stroke outside the window; smoking, mortality, and weight gain; and five risk factors for death in type 2 diabetes.
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: This review shows that the use of the robot has proven to be safe and effective, and it has many benefits in hernia repair. One of those benefits is the ability to close the fascial defect with a running suture, thus avoiding the postoperative pain associated with transfascial sutures. The ability to intracorporeally fix a large piece of mesh to the abdominal wall that adequately and evenly covers the defect is another benefit. The high-quality three-dimensional view and the ability to articulate the instruments are well-established benefits of the robot as well. Robotic assistance also allows us to perform a ...
Source: Surgical Technology International - Category: Surgery Tags: Surg Technol Int Source Type: research
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