Debunking the “chemical imbalance” theory yet not throwing out the antidepressant baby with the bathwater
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Andrew M McIntosh is Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, and Cathryn Lewis is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics at King’s College London. To Learn More: Studies find growing evidence linking weight, physical activity, neuroplasticity and depression Computer-assisted cognitive behavior therapy (CCBT) may outperform Treatment as Usual (TAU) in helping patients reduce depression, improve remission rates Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) apps may help you more than sleeping pills Five reasons the future of brain ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Brain/ Mental Health antidepressants chemical-imbalance cognitive behaviour therapy depression inflammation neurotransmitter noradrenaline randomised controlled trials risk factors serotonin SSRI Source Type: blogs

Biopsychological pain management is not enough
I recently read a preprint of an editorial for Pain, the IASP journal. It was written by Prof Michael Nicholas, and the title reads “The biopsychosocial model of pain 40 years on: time for a reappraisal?” The paper outlines when and how pain became conceptualised within a biopsychosocial framework by the pioneers of interprofessional pain management: John Loeser (1982) and Gordon Waddell (1984). Nicholas points out the arguments against a biopsychosocial model with some people considering that despite it being a “holistic” framework, it often gets applied in a biomedical and psychological way. In ot...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - July 17, 2022 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Back pain Chronic pain Coping strategies Interdisciplinary teams Low back pain Motivation Occupational therapy Physiotherapy Psychology Science in practice Therapeutic approaches biopsychosocial pain management Research Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Sometimes Good Things Happen Quickly, Even When It Involves the UK National Health Service
By David Tuller, DrPH The new ME/CFS guidelines from the UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, published last October, reversed the agency’s previous recommendations for graded exercise therapy and (curative) cognitive behavior therapy. While this change presented a welcome repudiation of the research and claims emanating from the GET/CBT ideological brigades, many regional […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 3, 2022 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Charles Shepherd ME Association Source Type: blogs

The New Buzz: These Are The Top Examples Of Digital Therapeutics
Digital Therapeutics or DTx in short is one of the latest buzzwords in the digital health ecosystem. Unlike others (NFT, Metaverse just to name a few) however, we see DTx as a meaningful trend that has the capacity to bring short-term, substantial improvements in personalised healthcare.  What is Digital Therapeutics? The definition by the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, the main professional hub is:  “Digital therapeutics (DTx) deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are driven by high-quality software programs to prevent, manage, or treat a medical disorder or disease. They are used inde...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 21, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andrea Koncz Tags: TMF Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones software chronic pain apps cancer care mental health DTx digital therapeutics eczema Atopic dermatitis sleep disorders Source Type: blogs

ABCT Apologizes for Past Support of Gay Conversion Therapy
It ' s 2022, and theAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has just issued a belatedapology because two of their past Presidents published papers on “aversion therapies” for “converting” gay and transgender individuals to the socially prescribed norms of sexuality and gender identity. Well, they didn ' t actually say this, nor did they name the prominent and distinguished clinical psychologists who authored these papers. Although these luminaries signed on to the mea culpa, there was no direct admission of the harm caused by these ill-advised practices. Instead, the document focused on “th...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 12, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Science Media Centre Chief Compares Patient Advocates to Nazis
By David Tuller, DrPH I have called the PACE trial of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for ME/CFS “a piece of crap.” As I have indicated over the years, I think the trial is an example of serious research misconduct. (Whether it meets legal definitions of “fraud” is beyond my professional […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 4, 2022 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Fiona Fox science media centre Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Science Media Centre Chief Fiona Fox Compares ME/CFS Patient Advocates to Nazis
By David Tuller, DrPH I have called the PACE trial of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for ME/CFS “a piece of crap.” As I have indicated over the years, I think the trial is an example of serious research misconduct. (Whether it meets legal definitions of “fraud” is beyond my professional […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 4, 2022 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS Fiona Fox science media centre Source Type: blogs

On mental fitness beliefs, lifestyles and new tools like apps, digital therapeutics, virtual reality, “brain age gaps” and more
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring timely brain & mental health news and a fun couple of math brain teasers. #1. Study on the “ABCs of Mental Health” finds that simply believing you can improve mental wellbeing helps actually improve it Beliefs matter. #2. “Digital therapeutics” vs. “Mental health apps”: A growing debate on standards, regulation and efficacy Definitions matter. #3. How ’sleeping on it’ can help the prefrontal cortex regulate emotional responses, making us feel better in the morning Sleep matters. #4. NICE in the UK issues recommendation for Sleepio app,...
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation apps biomarker brain age gaps brain aging biomarker Brain Teasers brain-aging cognitive digital health digital therapeutics mental muscles mental-fitnes Source Type: blogs

How ’sleeping on it’ can help the prefrontal cortex regulate emotional responses, making us feel better in the morning
This article was originally published on The Conversation. To Learn More: To manage stress, sleep better. To sleep better, keep a good routine and manage stress. Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress NICE in the UK issues recommendation for Sleepio app, the digital cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia by Big Health The post How ’sleeping on it’ can help the prefrontal cortex regulate emotional responses, making us feel better in the morning appeared first on SharpBrains. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 26, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Brain/ Mental Health anxiety depression Limbic-System prefrontal-cortex sleep on it Stress Source Type: blogs

NICE in the UK issues recommendation for Sleepio app, the digital cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia by Big Health
Sleepio becomes first digital therapeutic to receive NICE guidance (MobiHealthNews): The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the Sleepio app as an effective alternative to sleeping pills. In its guidance, NICE states the app, created by digital therapeutics (DTx) firm Big Health, is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from insomnia. … The Sleepio app uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to provide people with tailored digital cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT‑I). Jeanette Kusel, acting director for med tech and digital, NICE, said: “Our rigo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 24, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation cognitive behavioural therapy cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia digital cognitive behavioural therapy insomnia symptoms National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE Sleepio Source Type: blogs

Study: Automated VR psychotherapy can help reduce anxiety and distress, especially among those with psychosis and severe agoraphobia
Oxford University VR spinout demonstrates significant psychotherapy benefits in Lancet study (Fierce Healthcare): Virtual reality can help treat symptoms in patients with psychosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. GameChangeVR automates psychotherapy, guiding users with a virtual coach. It was developed by OxfordVR, a digital therapeutics company, the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust … The study, based on 346 patients, found that automated VR therapy led to “significant reductions” in symptoms of anxious avoidance and distress. The technology especially benefite...
Source: SharpBrains - May 5, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation agoraphobia cognitive cognitive model gameChange psychosis Psychotherapy virtual coach virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Enhanced CBT Is Better For Long-Term Depression (M)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), now a standard option for treating depression, involves addressing people's thoughts and behaviours together. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - April 16, 2022 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Depression subscribers-only Source Type: blogs