Trial By Error: My Letter to Author of CODES Commentary
By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier today, I sent the following letter to Dr David Perez, a neurologist and psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr Perez, an expert on functional neurological disorders, wrote a commentary for Lancet Psychiatry that accompanied the publication of the results for CODES, a major study of cognitive behavior therapy […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 27, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT CODES david perez dissociative seizures FND lancet psychiatry PNES Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: CODES Trial Commentary Promotes ‘ Eminence-Based Medicine ’
By David Tuller, DrPH By all accounts, the recently published CODES trial was the most authoritative study to date of whether cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) was an effective treatment for so-called dissociative seizures–a point confirmed in a commentary accompanying the paper in Lancet Psychiatry. Unfortunately, the CODES investigators and the commentary author seem to interpret […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 26, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CODES dissociative seizures FND lancet psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Brain plasticity in drug addiction: Burden and benefit
The human brain is the most complex organ in our body, and is characterized by a unique ability called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to our brain’s ability to change and adapt in its structural and functional levels in response to experience. Neuroplasticity makes it possible for us to learn new languages, solve complex mathematical problems, acquire technical skills, and perform challenging athletic skills, which are all positive and advantageous for us. However, neuroplasticity is not beneficial if we develop non-advantageous learned behaviors. One example of non-advantageous learning is habitual drug mis...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Mavrikaki, PhD Tags: Addiction Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: More Questions About CODES Trial of CBT for Seizures
By David Tuller, DrPH I have recently written about CODES, the high-profile clinical trial investigating whether cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) could reduce the frequency of dissociative seizures, also known as  psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. The trial, published by Lancet Psychiatry, was an open-label study relying on self-reported outcomes–a design highly vulnerable to bias. The 368 participants […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 23, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT CODES dissociative seizures FND Jon Stone Kings College London psychogenic nonepileptic seizures Trudie Chalder Source Type: blogs

Four immediate priorities to flatten the mental distress curve
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Article in Context: Three ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 New report: Empowering 8 Billion Minds via Ethical Development and Adoption of Neurotechnologies Infographic on the Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020 Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright Ten neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement & health 10 highlights from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness anxiety clinical depression cognitive-behavioral-therapy crisis mental distress mental health mental health crisis mental health curve telehealth telehealth the Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Trio of Trials Shows Limits of CBT for Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Lancet Psychiatry recently published the results of a high-profile trial of cognitive behavior therapy as a treatment for so-called dissociative seizures, also known as psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. The trial, nicknamed CODES, found that CBT had no impact on seizure frequency–the primary outcome. The average number of seizures per month dropped in both the treatment and […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 17, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT CODES irritable bowel syndrome PACE Source Type: blogs

Repetitive negative thinking may increase (or perhaps be caused by) cognitive decline and Alzheimer ’s pathology
This article was originally published on The Conversation. The Study in Context: Study: 46.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease brain pathology today, so it’s urgent to prevent or at least delay progression to clinical disease Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aging Alzheimer's disease prevention Alzheimers-disease anxiety behavioural marker brain health Brain-Fitness chronic-stress cognitive behavioural therapy Cognitive Debt cognitive decline Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Letter to KCL, Another Letter to BMJ
By David Tuller, DrPH Last week, I wrote about a troubling press release issued by King’s College London regarding a major study of cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for so-called dissociative seizures. On Friday, I sent a letter to the two communications people listed on the press release about the study, as well as […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 15, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ CBT Fiona Godlee music therapy norway Source Type: blogs

Digital Therapeutics – Blip or Lasting Trend?
Prior to COVID-19, mental and behavioral health was gaining momentum as a healthcare priority. Funding was starting to flow into mental health services and the technologies to support it. One of those technologies was telehealth – an effective way for patients to “visit” with their Psychiatrist. Another was digital cognitive behavior therapy solutions (digital therapeutics) […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring burnout cognitive behavior therapy COVID-19 Digital cognitive behavior therapy Digital Therapeutics mental health Pandemic SilverCloud Health Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Couple of Blog Posts Worth Reading
By David Tuller, DrPH I’ve been writing about so-called “medically unexplained symptoms,” or MUS, for the last couple of years. Much of that has come in the form of critiques of specific studies making excessive claims about the healing powers of cognitive behavior therapy. Recently, a blogger named Goodelf has posted a couple of revealing […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 2, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS CBT MUS Netherlands Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Two Letters to Dagbladet About Its ME Coverage
In recent weeks, the Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet has published a series of articles about ME, which it also calls CFS/ME. These articles have promoted the use of the Lightning Process as an intervention, criticized patients and the Norwegian ME Association for expressing opinions about the Lightning Process and cognitive behavior therapy, and engaged in multiple […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 31, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Lightning Process norway Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Letter to Senior Author of Norway ’ s CBT-Music Therapy Study
By David Tuller, DrPH In the past week, I have written three posts about a Norwegian study of cognitive behavior therapy plus music therapy for adolescents with chronic fatigue after acute Epstein-Barr virus infection–an illness known as mononucleosis in the US and glandular fever in the UK. The corresponding author of the study is Vegard […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 22, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Want to Stem the Rising Mental Health Crisis? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects for Help
As the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects spread, concerns about mental health impacts continue to grow. For example, we worry for health and human services professionals whose duties involve higher risk for trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress. Reports of global increases in family violence also suggest that there will be many violence victims and witnesses in need of mental health support. Add to this the potential effects of social isolation, health-related anxiety, and that these mental health problems may persist and worsen long after society goes back to “normal.” And this is all happening as...
Source: World of Psychology - May 11, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lynsay Ayer, Ph.D. & Clare Stevens, M.P.H. Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stress Suicide coronavirus COVID-19 Depression pandemic Task sharing Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Merck Manual Still Disseminates GET/CBT Advice
By David Tuller, DrPH The graded exercise therapy/cognitive behavior therapy treatment paradigm for chronic fatigue syndrome—also imposed on those diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, CFS/ME, ME/CFS, and other variants–is like the undead. This concept keeps reemerging from the fetid intellectual swamplands that spawned it, no matter how many times it is revealed as nonsense. Although the […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 7, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Letter to IBS Study ’ s Corresponding Author
By David Tuller, DrPH I am slowly getting back to my efforts to highlight Mahana Therapeutics’ continuing misrepresentation of its new web-based cognitive behavior therapy program for irritable bowel syndrome. In January, the start-up company that it had licensed the program from King’s College London, based on a high-profile study published last year in Gut, […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 5, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
Deirdre Lehman with Nolan Williams, who oversaw this clinical trial of a potential treatment that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation. In the photo, Williams and Lehman demonstrate how a patient is positioned and the equipment is used. Credit: Steve Fisch. ___ Stanford researchers devise treatment that relieved depression in 90% of participants in small study (press release): “A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine … In transcranial magnetic stimulat...
Source: SharpBrains - April 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology antidepressant treatments brain stimulation cognitive side effects depression magnetic brain stimulation neurological disorders noninvasive brain stimulation noninvasive neurotechnolo Source Type: blogs

Why Maintaining a Schedule During COVID-19 is Important for Your Mental Health
In a time of considerable anxiety and personal disruption, there’s not a lot individuals can do to change elements out of their control. Government mandates to remain in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, are not something to flout, as they’re for public safety and efforts to control the spread of the virus. Yet, stuck at home, unable to go to regular workplace, school, and other places as normal doesn’t mean you should vegetate on the couch. Indeed, maintaining a schedule is important for your mental health. Here’s why. This is one area of your life over which you have some control. A...
Source: World of Psychology - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Habits coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Revisiting Mahana and Irritable Bowel Syndrome …
By David Tuller, DrPH As the world continues to wrestle with the coronavirus epidemic, President Trump is calling on us here in the US to get back to work. So I decided to start seeking answers again from Mahana Therapeutics, which announced in January that it had licensed a web-based cognitive behavior therapy program for […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 15, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: A Non-COVID Post about KCL ’ s Rejection of My FOI Request
By David Tuller, DrPH In the days before coronavirus was everything, I was writing about a major study of cognitive behavior therapy for irritable bowel syndrome. The study tested telephone-delivered cognitive behavior therapy, web-based CBT against treatment-as-usual for IBS symptom severity and other more generic domains. Although the pre-COVID era feels like ancient history already, […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 8, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Eight brain tech insights and a special offer to honor Brain Awareness Week 2020
Discussion Guide (opens PDF) Language: English. Other editions: Español, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese 4) Fun brain teasers for teens and adults of any age (free): Finally, we can also celebrate Brain Awareness Week this week by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once ? Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010: Seven fun brain teasers to honor our unique Brains an...
Source: SharpBrains - March 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain capacities brain health brain stimulation brain-tech digital revolution digital therapeutics mental health neuro-wellness neuromodulation Neurotechnology non-invasive neur Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Another Letter About Mahana; BerkeleyWellness on IBS Study
By David Tuller, DrPH I have been trying to find out why Mahana Therapeutics, a San Francisco-based start-up, has chosen to disseminate misleading information about a web-based cognitive behavior therapy program for people with irritable bowel syndrome. Because Mahana’s co-founder and CEO, Rob Paull, has not responded to my letters, I have contacted some of […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 24, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Machine-learning study finds EEG brain signatures that predict response to antidepressant treatments
This study takes previous research showing that we can predict who benefits from an antidepressant and actually brings it to the point of practical utility,” said Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. “I will be surprised if this isn’t used by clinicians within the next five years.” Instead of functional magnetic resonance imaging, an expensive technology often used in studies to image brain activity, the scientists turned to electroencephalography, or EEG, a much less costly technology… The paper is one of several based on data from a federally fun...
Source: SharpBrains - February 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology algorithm Amit Etkin antidepressant antidepressants brain brain-activity brain-wave signature depression depression-treatment EEG electrical activity electroencephalography Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Follow-up Letter to Mahana Therapeutics ’ CEO
By David Tuller, DrPH Last week, I wrote to Rob Paull, the co-founder and CEO of Mahana Therapeutics, regarding the company’s misleading claims about the web-based cognitive behavior therapy program for irritable bowel syndrome it recently licensed from King’s College London. I have also written to Professor Rona Moss-Morris, the co-lead investigator of ACTIB, the […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Follow-Up Letter to Professor Rona Moss-Morris
By David Tuller, DrPH Ten days ago, I sent a letter to Professor Rona Moss-Morris of King’s College London, seeking information about the licensing deal involving her web-based program of cognitive behavior therapy to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Since I have not heard back, this morning I made a second attempt to reach out to […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Overcoming Atelophobia, the Fear of Being Imperfect
You're reading Overcoming Atelophobia, the Fear of Being Imperfect, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. What is your biggest irrational fear? For many, it’s the fear of snakes, spiders, heights, or closed spaces. But for others, their greatest fear is not being perfect. If you are constantly stressed by the pursuit of perfection or find your perfectionism to be paralyzing, you may have atelophobia. Learn how this extreme form of perfectionism can diminish your life and health, and what you c...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley J. Vos Tags: featured health and fitness psychology antelophobia mental health self improvement Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Letter to Professor Moss-Morris
By David Tuller, DrPH Last week I wrote about the recently announced licensing deal between Mahana Therapeutics and King’s College London. The deal involves a web-based course of cognitive behavior therapy designed to treat irritable bowel syndrome. In a major study, the reported improvements in symptoms among participants in the web-based program were modest at […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Study: To treat depression, therapy alone works better than therapy combined with antidepressants
Conclusions: Clinical guidance around combined treatment (psychotherapy plus ADMs) should be reconsidered. CBT alone is superior to IPT alone and to combined treatment, while IPT alone is non-inferior to combined treatment. More research is needed to assess the moderating effect of older age and number of previous episodes on IPT efficacy. The Study in Context: CVS Health: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) apps may help you more than sleeping pills Growing research aims at helping cancer patients in distress access most-likely-to-help self-care options, from Mindfulness training to Web-based cognitive behavioral therapy...
Source: SharpBrains - December 10, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cognitive behavioural therapy face-to-face therapy interpersonal psychotherapy major depression psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Mayo Clinic ’ s Crappy Website
By David Tuller, DrPH What’s going on at the Mayo Clinic? It has been more than two years since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy as treatments of choice for the illness it now calls ME/CFS. And Mayo still seems not to have noticed […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 10, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Surprising Connection Between Anxiety and Confidence
You're reading The Surprising Connection Between Anxiety and Confidence, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. In today’s modern era, with always-on technology and ever-increasing job demands, many people are fighting a silent battle. The battle of feeling overwhelmed. Our clients tell us they’re feeling anxious, stuck, and adrift. They struggle to process information and feel paralyzed when faced with important decisions. Once competent and productive, they say they have effectively lost co...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anthony Rao Tags: featured psychology self improvement agency Anthony Rao anxiety and confidence Paul Napper The Power of Agency Source Type: blogs

Digital Therapy For Insomnia Shows How Technology Can Be Harnessed To Improve Sleep And Mental Health
By guest blogger Jack Barton Technology and screens are supposedly the enemy of health. They ruin our sleep, mental health and we’re slaves to their constant need for attention. At least that’s what seems to be the consensus in the news. However, the reality is much more two-sided. In fact, a new study demonstrates that our blue light emitting devices can be a force for good — by providing a novel way to deliver mental health interventions. Problems with sleep, such as insomnia, have been shown to be associated with mental health difficulties such as depression. Although long recognised as a symptom...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Sleep and dreaming Technology Source Type: blogs

Three letter acronyms and what they mean – CBT, DBT, CFT, ACT – not alphabet soup!
Once you begin to dip your toes into psychological therapies, it doesn’t take long before you begin to see TLAs all over the place. So today I’m going to post on two things: some of the TLAs, and why or how we might consider using these approaches in pain rehabilitation. The first one is CBT, or cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT grew out of two movements: behaviour therapy (Skinner and the pigeons, rats and all that behaviour modification stuff), and cognitive therapy (Ellis and Beck and the “cognitive triad” – more on this later). When the two approaches to therapy are combined, we have c...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - October 6, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Clinical reasoning Cognitive behavioral therapy Coping strategies Interdisciplinary teams Occupational therapy Physiotherapy Professional topics Psychology Research Science in practice Source Type: blogs

10 Highlights from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to shape the Future of Brain & Mental Health
_____ Wow. Fascinating three days last week. Some of our favorite moments and take-aways… 1. Dr. Tom Insel provided a spectacular overview of the digital revolution in brain health and mental health. While we have historically failed to bend the curve as well as in other areas of health, since “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”, new digital and neurological monitoring technologies are finally allowing us to remedy that fundamental issue, identify problems early and intervene early. Multiple Speakers during the Summit like Dr. Srijan Sen, Jan Samzelius and Louis Gagnon built upon Insel&...
Source: SharpBrains - May 16, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain capacities brain health brain stimulation digital revolution digital therapeutics mental health neuro-wellness neuromod Source Type: blogs

6 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Ease Difficult Emotions
Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword these days, with impressive studies popping up in the news with regularity. For example, research from the University of Oxford finds that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as effective as antidepressants for preventing a relapse of depression. In MBCT, a person learns to pay closer attention to the present moment and to let go of the negative thoughts and ruminations that can trigger depression. They also explore a greater awareness of their own body, identifying stress and signs of depression before a crisis hits. Four years ago, I took an eight-week intensi...
Source: World of Psychology - April 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Books Brain and Behavior Depression Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Motivation and Inspiration Self-Help Source Type: blogs

Brazilian Researchers Say Smartphone Addiction Is Real, And That It ’s Associated With Impaired Decision-making
By Emma Young Smartphone addiction (SA) is a controversial concept that is not recognised by psychiatry as a formal diagnosis. Critics say that a problematic relationship with one’s phone is usually a symptom of deeper underlying issues and that it is inappropriate to apply the language of addiction to technology. Nonetheless, other mental health experts believe SA is real and they’ve accumulated evidence suggesting it is associated with reductions in academic and work performance, sleep disorders, symptoms of depression and loneliness, declines in wellbeing – and an increased risk of road traffic ac...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - March 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Decision making Mental health Technology Source Type: blogs

Episode 15: Is Mindfulness A Panacea Or Overhyped And Potentially Problematic?
This is Episode 15 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Download here. http://traffic.libsyn.com/psychcrunch/201903313_PsychCrunch_Ep15_Mx3.mp3 Mindfulness is everywhere these days, but is it really as beneficial as it’s often made out to be? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears from clinical psychologist Dr Catherine Wikholm (co-author of The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?); she visits the Cambridge Buddha Centre to meet people who have taken up mindfulness meditation; and she discusses some of the latest mi...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - March 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Podcast Source Type: blogs

What Do I Do When My Antidepressant Stops Working?
This study examined 103 patients with bipolar 1 disorder who, despite taking a mood stabilizer, experienced frequent relapses. During a 12-month period, the group receiving cognitive therapy had significantly fewer bipolar episodes and reported less mood symptoms on the monthly mood questionnaires. They also had less fluctuation in manic symptoms. It’s normal to panic in the days and weeks your symptoms return; however, as you can see, there are many options to pursue. If the first approach doesn’t work, try another. Persevere until you achieve full remission and feel like yourself again. It will happen. Trust ...
Source: World of Psychology - March 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Antidepressant Bipolar Depression General Medications Manic Episode Mood Disorder Mood Stabilizer Relapse Source Type: blogs

10+ pioneers confirmed to Speak @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7 –9th)
_______________ We are proud to announce the first wave of confirmed Speakers to share their innovative work and insights at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health, to be held May 7–9th, 2019: Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health Dr. Ainslie Hatch, Director of Digital Therapeutics at Otsuka Pharmaceutical David Klein, CEO of Click Therapeutics Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative Louis Gagnon, CEO of Total Brain Dr. Anna Wexler, science writer and PI of the Wexler Lab at UPenn Dr. Eddie Martucci, Founder and CEO of Akili Interac...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Interactive Labs Bridge Builders Collaborative Case-Western-Reserve-University Click Therapeutics CTF MEG International Interaxon Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Neuroelectrics Source Type: blogs

Participants In This Study Successfully Down-regulated Their Amygdala Activity With The Help Of Neurofeedback
This study supports existing research showing promise for the application of rt-fMRI neurofeedback in the treatment of problems like PTSD, addiction and depression that are associated with heightened amygdala activation. The clinical potential of this technique, bridging the worlds of neurobiology and psychotherapy, is clear. That said, fMRI scanning is an expensive business, so it may be a while before a new world of personalised mental health interventions reveals itself. —Training emotion regulation through real-time fMRI neurofeedback of amygdala activity Post written by Eleanor Morgan (@eleanormorgan) for B...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain guest blogger Mental health Source Type: blogs

Should You Get Therapy or Life Coaching?
Life coaching is viewed by some as an alternative to therapy. Actually, coaching was one of many cognitive behavior therapy methods I learned to practice in graduate school. Thirty years into my career as a psychotherapist, I coach clients toward achieving their goals when they’re likely to benefit from this approach. Certainly, neither coaching as a separate practice nor psychotherapy has a monopoly on traits such as wisdom, intuition, kindness, or empathy. Practitioners in both disciplines may be good listeners, supportive, and encourage clients to set goals. So how do you decide whom to trust for help with relati...
Source: World of Psychology - January 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW Tags: Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Source Type: blogs

ADHD Is Like a Cupcake
If you’re willing to do the work, your ADHD will come out of the oven like a batch of perfect cupcakes?I have to agree with you. Comparing ADHD to cupcakes isn’t the best simile. What could I possibly mean? Am I saying that ADHD is covered in sickly, sweet frosting and helps you put on weight? Coping strategies for ADHD are most efficacious when baked at 325 ºF? ADHD is best dealt with by spreading it thinly with a knife while gently twirling?If only dealing with ADHD was so tasty!Over the past few weeks I have encountered several guys who have ADHD like a sack of spilled marbles, but they don’t trea...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Otsuka Pharma and Click Therapeutics enter partnership poised to transform mental healthcare
Otsuka, Click Therapeutics partner to create therapy for mental illness (Verdict Medical Devices): “Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s US division Otsuka America has partnered with Click Therapeutics to develop and commercialise a prescription digital therapeutic for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). Click Therapeutics offers software as prescription medical treatments for people with unmet medical needs. Under the partnership, Click Therapeutics will contribute through its expertise in discovering and validating a software application as well as its commercial deployment. Otsuka will work with its exp...
Source: SharpBrains - January 4, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Click Therapeutics FDA Major Depressive Disorder mental healthcare mental-illness Otsuka Otsuka Pharmaceutical Source Type: blogs

Psychological & Environmental Components That Lead to Behavioral Disorders in Teens
Even the most well-behaved teens can have moments where they’re difficult and challenging, pushing their parents’ buttons and testing boundaries. It’s a normal part of growing up and becoming autonomous individuals. However, parents sometimes notice a much more serious pattern of ongoing negative behavior from their teens. The teenager becomes uncooperative, hostile, defiant and argumentative especially towards authority figures. These behaviors end up disrupting not only the teens’ life but also their families’, interrupting their daily functioning. With time, these behaviors become more ext...
Source: World of Psychology - December 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tyler Jacobson Tags: Children and Teens Parenting Students Conduct Disorder Juvenile Delinquency Neurobehavioral Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Source Type: blogs

Three key insights to celebrate the holidays meaningfully
___ There is plenty of evidence to convince us that social connection is key to well-being. But relationships are complicated, bringing good and bad into our lives.  Let us share a few key insights from scientific studies published in 2018 on topics relevant to leading a meaningful life. They won’t solve all of our social problems—but we hope they will help you to better understand yourself and the people around you. 1. Mindfulness can help you regulate your emotions in real-time All of us have probably lost our cool at one time or another—maybe yelling at the phone company or at a chil...
Source: SharpBrains - December 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning anger Emotions empathy meditation mindfulness smartphones Source Type: blogs

Coping During the Holiday Season if You Have C-PTSD or PTSD
For those who have a history of trauma, the holiday season can present difficult challenges. Holidays carry a full load of triggers, across the full range of our senses. Food, song, sight, family gatherings, and rituals associated with the holidays can trigger stress and difficult emotions. If you have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma (C-PTSD), it may be that holidays mean spending time with the people who hurt you. If you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by a traumatic event such as exposure to military combat, car accident or natural disaster, sometimes the sheer chaos of the hol...
Source: World of Psychology - December 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Alcoholism Family Holiday Coping PTSD Trauma C-PTSD complex PTSD Complex trauma Holiday Season Holidays traumatic experience Source Type: blogs

Repeatedly watching a video of themselves touching a filthy bedpan reduced people ’s OCD symptoms
Another version of this new video-based smartphone intervention involved participants watching their own earlier hand washing By Emma Young Almost half of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have extreme fears about touching something they feel is “contaminated”. This can mean that after touching a doorknob, say, they then feel compelled to scrub their hands, in some cases even until they bleed. Conventional treatments, which often involve a combination of a prescription drug (typically an “SSRI”, such as Prozac) plus cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), help only about 60 per cent of pe...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs

Update: Only 5% of US children ages 8 –11 follow guidelines recommended for brain development
___ Dear reader, Time for SharpBrains monthly e-newsletter, discussing the latest innovations for brain health and mental health, and opening in this occasion with an important wake-up call. New research: Only 5% of US children ages 8–11 follow screen time, sleep and exercise guidelines recommended for brain development Neurofeedback or medication to treat ADHD? New study reinforces need for proactive cognitive monitoring after heart surgery One-week brain training can increase cognitive flexibility and reduce OCD symptoms New tools: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation shows early promise to ameliorate de...
Source: SharpBrains - October 31, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-development Brain-health cognitive monitoring cognitive-therapy innovation medication Mental-Health Neurofeedback neur Source Type: blogs