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Cost and Outcome of BehaviouRal Activation (COBRA): a randomised controlled trial of behavioural activation versus cognitive behavioural therapy for depression
Depression is a common, debilitating and costly disorder. The best-evidenced psychological therapy – cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) – is complex and costly. A simpler therapy, behavioural activation (BA), may be an effective alternative. To determine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of BA compared with CBT for depressed adults at 12 and 18 months'follow-up, and to investigate the processes of treatments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Talking therapy given by parents shows promise for childhood anxiety disorders
Brief guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered by parents was as good as a commonly used treatment, delivered by a therapist, in improving anxiety levels in children. Anxiety continued to improve after the end of treatment and by six months about 70% had recovered. The brief CBT was potentially the more cost-effective option. This NIHR-funded trial compared recovery from a range of common anxiety disorders in children aged five to 12 following these brief psychological treatments. CBT was delivered by parents instructed and supported in its use by a mental health worker. It was compared with a treatment common...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pilot of a randomised controlled trial of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor sertraline versus cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety symptoms in people with generalised anxiety disorder who have failed to respond to low-intensity psycholo
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is common, causing unpleasant symptoms and impaired functioning. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines have established good evidence for low-intensity psychological interventions, but a significant number of patients will not respond and require more intensive step 3 interventions, recommended as either high-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or a pharmacological treatment such as sertraline. However, there are no head-to-head comparisons evaluating which is more clinically effective and cost-effective, and current guidelines suggest that trea...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lightning Process 'could help children with chronic fatigue syndrome', study claims
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 demonstr...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news

Lack of sleep could contribute to mental health problems, researchers reveal
Study finds therapy designed to treat insomnia also reduced paranoia and hallucinations, and improved depression and anxiety in patientsMental health problems including psychotic experiences could in part be down to a lack of sleep, researchers have revealed.A new study found that people who had undertaken a course of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed specifically to treat insomnia not only found their sleep improved, but also experienced reduced paranoia and fewer hallucinations - both psychotic experiences - as well as improvements in depression and anxiety.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Mental health Sleep & wellbeing Psychology Science Society Life and style Source Type: news

Family-based behavioural therapy cost effective for obesity
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - September 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia is effective, safe and highly deployable
Commentary on: Alessi C , Martin JL , Fiorentino L , et al . Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in older veterans using nonclinician sleep coaches: randomized controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc 2016;64:1830 8.The ability of non-clinician sleep coaches to deliver efficacious cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) was demonstrated, suggesting such coaches can increase the rate and range of deployment of CBT-I to provide effective first-line treatment of insomnia into general medical and healthcare practice.Similar studies should be conducted to replicate and extend this finding and explore its likely gener...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PACE-GATE: An alternative view on a study with a poor trial protocol - Stouten B.
This article shows that the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Be your own therapist? Fine – if you’re up to the job | Mark Brown
Self-help can be brilliant for those who are at least part of the way there, but we should be wary of any suggestion that it could replace therapyFeeling that you are not coping is horrible, like trying to untangle shackles around you that instead pull tighter with every movement. We are supposed to be able to look after ourselves. Our culture lionises fighters; decision takers; people who know their own mind. We are comfortable in the hands of specialists such as hairdressers or driving instructors, yet many of us find the idea of using a therapist, a specialist in distress, to be strange and uncomfortable – an admi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mark Brown Tags: Health Psychology Science UK news Society & wellbeing Life and style Health policy Source Type: news

CBT stops procrastination by enforcing useful behaviours  
Researchers from Stockholm University found that all of a study's participants stopped putting things off after having online or face-to-face group cognitive behavioural therapy sessions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effects of assault type on cognitive behaviour therapy for coexisting depression and alcohol misuse - Bailey KA, Baker AL, McElduff P, Jones MA, Oldmeadow C, Kavanagh DJ.
Although assault exposure is common in mental health and substance misusing populations, screening for assaults in treatment settings is frequently overlooked. This secondary analysis explored the effects of past sexual (SA) and physical (PA) assault on de... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Effects of cognitive behaviour therapy on parents of children with autism
(York University) Jonathan Weiss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience improvements in their own depression, emotion regulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment at a psychiatric trauma clinic for refugees: description and evaluation - Buhmann C, Andersen I, Mortensen EL, Ryberg J, Nordentoft M, Ekstr øm M.
INTRODUCTION: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with trauma focus is the most evidence supported psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD, but few CBT treatments for traumatized refugees have been described in detail. PURPOSE: To describe and evaluate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for young people with suicide-related behaviour (Reframe-IT): a randomised controlled trial - Hetrick SE, Yuen HP, Bailey E, Cox GR, Templer K, Rice SM, Bendall S, Robinson J.
BACKGROUND: Suicide-related behaviours are common in young people and associated with a range of negative outcomes. There are few evidence-based interventions; however, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) shows promise. Internet delivery of CBT is popular,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of low-intensity interventions in the management of obsessive compulsive disorder: the Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Efficacy randomised controlled Trial (OCTET).
The Obsessive –Compulsive Treatment Efficacy randomised controlled Trial emerged from a research recommendation in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) guidelines, which specified the need to evaluate cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment intensity fo rmats. To determine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of two low-intensity CBT interventions [supported computerised cognitive–behavioural therapy (cCBT) and guided self-help]: (1) compared with waiting list for high-intensity CBT in adults with OCD at 3 months; and (2) plus high...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swansea Uni trial to reduce breast cancer hot flushes
Scientists will investigate how behavioural therapy could help control difficult side effects. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychosocial interventions for self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt in children and young people: What? How? Who? and Where?
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 me...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BDNF Val66Met and childhood adversity on response to physical exercise and internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy in depressed Swedish adults - Rahman MS, Millischer V, Zeebari Z, Forsell Y, Lavebratt C.
The genetic effect of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on treatment response in depression is not consistent in the literature. Childhood adversity is a known risk factor for depression which has been reported to increase depression susceptibility ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Group behaviour therapy programmes for smoking cessation
Group therapy offers individuals the opportunity to learn behavioural techniques for smoking cessation, and to provide each other with mutual support. To determine the effect of group-delivered behavioural interventions in achieving long-term smoking cessation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy may reduce high rates of service use among frequent primary care attenders
High users or FAs of healthcare clinics place significant organisational and financial strain on healthcare systems. It has been estimated that the top 3% of users account for 15% of primary care visits.1 Short-term frequent attendance may be related to acute causes, but long-term frequent attendance has been found to be associated with high health … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive therapies for depression
While depression is often treated with anti-depressant medication, there is good evidence that cognitive therapies are also effective. These are'talking therapies'which aim to help people with depression to minimise the impact of negative thoughts and develop strategies for coping with difficult feelings or situations. There are a range of these therapies, but this Highlight looks at new evidence relating to two types: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). The NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme has improved access to these therapies, although availabili...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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.
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 psych...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive therapies for depression
While depression is often treated with anti-depressant medication, there is good evidence that cognitive therapies are also effective. These are'talking therapies'which aim to help people with depression to minimise the impact of negative thoughts and develop strategies for coping with difficult feelings or situations. There are a range of these therapies, but this Highlight looks at new evidence relating to two types: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). The NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme has improved access to these therapies, although availabili...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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.
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 psych...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lisa Snowdon answers our health quiz
Lisa, from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, reveals how she overcame depression with cognitive behavioural therapy, which focuses on changing your thoughts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression
Conclusion The study will have to be interpreted in the context of other research into yoga and depression. But taken in isolation, it doesn't provide firm evidence that yoga is beneficial for depression. The findings are applicable to a very specific population group: people with moderately severe depression who took antidepressants (often alongside other psychological therapy) and had no other mental health illness. They also hadn't previously practised yoga, but must have had an interest in doing so as they responded to advertisements. This means the groups by no means represent all people with depression symptoms.&nb...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Lisa Snowdon, 45, answers our health quiz  
Lisa, from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, reveals how she overcame depression with cognitive behavioural therapy, which focuses on changing your thoughts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depressive mood in adults with spinal cord injury as they transition from an inpatient to a community setting: secondary analyses from a clinical trial - Craig A, Guest R, Tran Y, Middleton J.
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort controlled trial design. OBJECTIVES: (i) To investigate mood benefits of adding group cognitive behaviour therapy (group-CBT) to standard spinal cord injury (SCI) inpatient rehabilitation (SR) that included access t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Counselling services help expectant mothers quit smoking
Counselling services, including cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing, help women to stop smoking during pregnancy by increasing quit rates. Feedback and financial incentives may also be effective, though evidence is weaker for both. Education alone and peer support were not found to be effective (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group-based mindfulness therapy 'as effective' as individual CBT
Group mindfulness therapy is as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for treating depression, anxiety and stress and can be offered more widely to benefit more patients at lower costs, research suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 13 Care of People with Mental Health Problems Source Type: news

Can playing Tetris help prevent PTSD?
Conclusion Involvement in a traumatic event such as a traffic accident can have long-lasting effects on mental health. Some people have months or years of distressing, intrusive flash-backs, feelings of guilt or helplessness, anxiety and depression. At present, there are no treatments that can be given straight away to prevent such long-term effects. The lack of long-term effects in the study results mean we need to be cautious about claims that playing Tetris could "prevent" PTSD. Limitations of the study – such as an untested control intervention, and the relatively small number of participants – me...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Autism therapy helped Daniel learn to speak, do math, and decide he'll get married
Daniel Thompson has learned to speak, do math and make friends thanks to the intensive behavioural therapy he's received. But the provincial funding for it remains up in the air. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy for non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease: a clinical review
Neuropsychiatric symptoms are common in Parkinson's disease (PD) and have a disproportionate impact on quality of life and carer burden. Pharmacological treatment is the main approach in dealing with these symptoms, but it is limited by variable efficacy and risk of drug interactions. Non-pharmacological approaches using the cognitive –behavioural therapy (CBT) model are viable alternatives and in this review paper we summarise the evidence of CBT for three of the most common psychiatric manifestations of PD: depression and anxiety, impulse-control disorders and insomnia. Most studies modified the usual CBT format to...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The second Randomised Evaluation of the Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and Acceptability of Computerised Therapy (REEACT-2) trial: does the provision of telephone support enhance the effectiveness of computer-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy?
Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) is an efficient form of therapy potentially improving access to psychological care. Indirect evidence suggests that the uptake and effectiveness of cCBT can be increased if facilitated by telephone, but this is not routinely offered in the NHS. To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone-facilitated free-to-use cCBT [e.g. MoodGYM (National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia)] with minimally supported cCBT. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No evidence that CBT is less effective than antidepressants in moderate to severe depression.
Some guidelines for the treatment of severe depression recommend that antidepressant medication be used instead of cognitive –behavioural therapy (CBT). This is inconsistent with evidence collating individual patient data (IPD) from multiple randomised controlled trials (RCTs).1 IPD meta analyses are one way of increasing statistical power and analysing depressive symptoms of varying severity. A previous IPD meta analys is included only four studies, so may still have lacked statistical power. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Second-generation antidepressants and cognitive behavioural therapy are both viable choices for initial treatment of major depression
There is a pressing need to generate clear hierarchies of the benefits and harms of available treatments to implement optimal clinical practice. Second-generation antidepressants (SGAs) and cognitive –behavioural therapy (CBT) have proven efficacy in the treatment of major depression.1 However, comparative benefits and harms of SGAs and CBT for the initial treatment for major depression remain unclear. Amick and colleagues carried out a systematic review and evaluated 11 randomised control led trials to compare the benefits and harms of SGAs and CBT for the initial treatment of major depressive disorder in 1511 a...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing intimate partner violence via the internet: a randomized controlled trial of emotion-regulation and conflict-management training for individuals with aggression problems - Hesser H, Axelsson S, B äcke V, Engstrand J, Gustafsson T, Holmgren E, Jeppsson U, Pollack M, Nordén K, Rosenqvist D, Andersson G.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to investigate the effect of an Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT), which incorporated emotion-regulation and conflict-resolution techniques, on intimate partner violence (IPV). ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Yoga 'may improve lower back pain'
Conclusion There was some evidence people doing yoga – compared with those doing no exercise – saw some improvement in back-related function at three and six months. It was not clear if those undertaking yoga, compared with other exercise or adding yoga to exercise, was any better than exercise alone. The study does, however, have some downfalls: Only 12 trials were included, the majority of which were in the US. This may mean results are less generalisable to other countries. Not all trials looked at all reported outcomes. For example, only four trials were included when comparing yoga with non-yoga exerc...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Source Type: news

NIHR Signal: Behavioural and drug treatment together help those with lung disease stop smoking
Commentary is provided of a review which found that smokers with COPD given drug treatment alongside behavioural therapy were more than twice as likely to stop smoking by six months as those given behavioural treatment alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Correction: Predicting response trajectories during cognitive-behavioural therapy for panic disorder: no association with the BDNF gene or childhood maltreatment - Santacana M, Arias B, Mitjans M, Bonillo A, Montoro M, Rosado S, Guillamat R, Vall ès V, Perez V, Forero CG, Fullana MA.
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158224.]. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Can insomnia be cured by online therapy?
Up to half of us have problems sleeping – and some experts say online treatment may soon become the norm. But which tool should you use?Can ’t get to sleep? Try online therapy. While a glowing screen is a counter-intuitive cure for insomnia, there is evidence that online cognitive behavourial therapy (CBT) can restore normal sleep patterns. In astudy published in this month ’s Jama Psychiatry, an online CBT programme cured 57% of those who used it, compared with 27% who had standard education about insomnia.Insomnia affectsup to half of all people– with up to 20% having a serious problem with gettin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Luisa Dillner Tags: Sleep Science Psychology Health & wellbeing Life and style Internet Technology Source Type: news

Royal College of Obstetricians says women should get therapy to help beat PMS
Doctors say cognitive behavioural therapy is more effective at controlling the symptoms of PMS than antidepressants. Up to 40 per cent of women are affected by PMS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A randomized trial of brief dialectical behaviour therapy skills training in suicidal patients suffering from borderline disorder - McMain SF, Guimond T, Barnhart R, Habinski L, Streiner DL.
OBJECTIVE: Evidence-based therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD) are lengthy and scarce. Data on brief interventions are limited, and their role in the treatment of BPD is unclear. Our aim was therefore to evaluate the clinical effectiveness o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

CBT 'should be routinely offered' to women with premenstrual syndrome
Gynaecologists advise that cognitive behavioural therapy could help women manage the symptoms of PMSWomen experiencing premenstrual syndrome should routinely be offered cognitive behavioural therapy to help them manage the symptoms, gynaecologists have said.Around 40% of women experience symptoms of PMS with around5%-8% having severe symptoms. Physical symptoms can include swollen breasts and bloating, and the psychological symptoms are wide-ranging, including depression, irritability, suicidal thoughts and loss of confidence. The condition can be debilitating, disrupting school, social and work life.Continue reading... (S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Mental health & wellbeing Women Menstruation Society Psychiatry Contraception and family planning Depression Life and style Psychology Science UK news Source Type: news

Can a high-tech treatment help combat some of our oldest fears?
Conclusion This experimental study assessed whether it is possible to counter-condition people against their fear memories by using reward without actually having to re-expose the person to the fearful stimulus. The researchers conclude that they have shown this can be done, all with participants remaining unaware of the content and purpose of the procedure. They further suggest the procedure may be an initial step towards novel treatments for fear-related disorders such as phobia and PTSD, via unconscious processing. While these findings show promise, there are some key limitations, the main one being the small number of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Neurology Source Type: news

It is unclear if combined motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy improve medication adherence
Medication adherence is a complex problem affecting the care of patients with various medical and psychiatric conditions. The study by Spoelstra et al attempts to review the evidence of combined motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions to promote medication adherence. Combined MI and CBT may improve medication adherence … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hidden in plain sight: The unmet mental health needs of older people
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, launched in 2008, aimed to increase the number of people accessing talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for common conditions like anxiety and depression. In 2011 the Department of Health set a target of 12% of referrals through the IAPT programme being people aged 65 and over. Five years later it is still not close to being met with national reporting showing it is currently at 6.1%. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Simpler, cheaper therapy (behavioural activation) can be as good as CBT for treating depression
A simpler therapy called behavioural activation can be as effective at treating adults with depression as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Also, it is delivered more cheaply, by trained junior mental health workers. CBT is commonly provided to adults with depression and it is recommended by NICE as first- line treatment. However, it is complex to deliver and therapists are highly skilled and expensive. Behavioural activation is a simpler type of talking therapy that encourages people to develop more positive behaviour such as planning activities and doing constructive things that they would usually avoid doing. We did ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news