Pear Therapeutics raises $175M and goes public via SPAC deal raising the profile of prescription digital therapeutics
Digital health firm Pear goes public, raising $175 million (pharmaforum): Pear will make its debut on the exchange today after combining with Thimble Point – a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) – in a deal that sidestepped the conventional initial public offering (IPO) route and has propelled its valuation to around $1.6 billion … Pear specialises in prescription digital therapeutics (DTx) based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques that can delivered remotely to [patients via a digital device. It has three apps approved by the FDA, including reSET and reSET‑O for people livin...
Source: SharpBrains - December 8, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized CBT cognitive behavioural therapy DTx Pear Therapeutics prescription digital therapeutics reSET-O Somryst SPAC Thimble Point Source Type: blogs

Making first contact: What to do with all that information! part 2
Last week I described some of the reasons for using a case formulation approach when working through initial assessment information, and today I’m going to describe one approach for organising a formulation. This is the “4 P” formulation, and it’s one that’s often used in mental health (Bolton, 2014). In the 4 P model, there are four questions to ask yourself: Preconditions – Why is this person vulnerable to this problem?Precipitating factors – Why now? This can mean “why is this person having symptoms now?” or “why is this person presenting to this person ...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - November 28, 2021 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Assessment Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Pain conditions Professional topics Research Science in practice biopsychosocial case formulation Occupational therapy pain management Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: New Paper From PACE Authors Repeats Bogus Arguments and Defenses
By David Tuller, DrPH The October 29th publication of the new guideline for ME/CFS from Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) represented an enormous and humiliating repudiation of the PACE trial and the many related studies of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) as treatments for the illness. That […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 20, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Some National Health Service Branches Fail to Respond to New NICE Guidelines for ME/CFS
By David Tuller, DrPH In late October, the UK’s National institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released its new ME/CFS guideline, which specifically recommend against graded exercise therapy (GET) and a specialized form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Last week, I wrote about how King’s College London continues to host a page on “CBT […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 16, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized NICE Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Is Something Shifting at the Science Media Centre?
By David Tuller, DrPH For years, London’s Science Media Centre has fiercely promoted research into graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for the illness or cluster of illnesses variously referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephaloymyelitis, CFS/ME, ME/CFS, and other names. Some of the prominent experts in this field have had […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized chalder NICE Source Type: blogs

Developments In Psychology ’s Covid Research
By Emma L. Barratt Early in the pandemic, there was a rapid shift in the pace of research. With the situation evolving quickly, lockdowns coming into effect, and the massive loss of life that followed, researchers across academia were racing against the clock to produce papers. This haste was unusual for most scientists, more used to detailed scrutiny, further investigations, and collaboration. As a result, some were concerned about the rigour of papers that would ultimately see the light of day. Early on, psychologist Vaughan Bell tweeted with regards to Covid research, “If it’s urgent, th...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 8, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Coronavirus Feature Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: King ’ s College London Is Still Hyping “ Bespoke ” CBT for CFS as “ Recommended ” in UK
By David Tuller, DrPH A week ago, Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published its new, evidence-based guideline for ME/CFS, which recommended against graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy offered as curative rather than as supportive care. Not surprisingly, this event creates some public relations problems for members of the CBT/GET ideological […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 5, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized King's College London NICE Trudie Chalder Source Type: blogs

On physical activity, neuroplasticity, depression, screen time, neuromodulation and more
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time eight scientific reports and industry resources plus a few fun brain teasers. #1. Study finds ultimate hack to protect teen brains from harmful screen time: Exercise (and good role-modeling): “Girls who spent less than an hour on screens and boys who spent less than 90 minutes on screens were not negatively impacted by it. But at higher amounts of screen time, their life satisfaction dropped significantly—they were less happy with their lives, and it got worse the more time they spent … (the) study also found that teens wh...
Source: SharpBrains - October 29, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation Aduhelm Brain Teasers CBT cognitive load cognitive-behavioral-therapy cognitive-therapy depression digital Source Type: blogs

Trend: Harnessing digital tech to improve mental health and wellness
From mindfulness apps to virtual therapy sessions, digital tools offer instant access to wellness resources (The Globe and Mail): In 2015, Brie Code was working at leading video game company Ubisoft as lead artificial intelligence programmer when she realized that many people she knew – about half, by her estimation – found video games boring. … Code left Ubisoft to develop exactly that type of game. Her AI company, Tru Luv, launched its first product, a game appropriately titled #SelfCare, in 2018. Designed with the help of Dutch academic Isabela Granic, a professor at the Behavioural Science Institute ...
Source: SharpBrains - October 25, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation Breathing Calm chronic insomnia Clue cognitive behavioural therapy digital mental health digital therapeutic digital wellness Global Wellness Institute global wellness market Headspace Source Type: blogs

Dr. Judith Beck on the future of cognitive therapy and psychotherapy
Dr. Awais Aftab: What do you think the future of psychotherapy is? What would you like it to be? Dr. Judith Beck: A number of years ago, a colleague asked my dad whether he expected cognitive therapy to eventually dominate the field of psychotherapy. He responded, “I hope good therapy eventually dominates the field of psychotherapy. Just good therapy.” My father has always said, and I agree, that if significant research demonstrates greater support for the theoretical framework and treatment of a different psychotherapy, then that psychotherapy should supplant CBT. So far that has not happened. To the contrary,...
Source: SharpBrains - October 11, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health cognitive-behavioral-therapy cognitive-therapy computer-assisted therapy Judith-Beck Psychiatric Times Psychotherapy therapists Source Type: blogs

Study: Self-guided sleep app Sleepio, combined with standard care for depression and anxiety, delivers better outcomes than standard care alone
Conclusions: Significant clinical benefit was associated with the introduction of an evidence-based digital sleep intervention alongside other mental health interventions for depression and anxiety. Widespread deployment was achieved with immediate availability, minimal additional clinical time or staff training. This approach provides a feasible and highly scalable model for improving mental health outcomes in clinical services. The Study in Context: The FDA clears Somryst, Pear’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia CVS Health: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) apps may help you more than sleeping pills...
Source: SharpBrains - September 27, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation anxiety app Behaviour Research and Therapy Big Health cognitive behavioural therapy depression digital CBT digital cognitive behavioural therapy digital health insomnia insomnia DTx me Source Type: blogs

The Simpler Talk Therapy That Treats Depression Effectively (M)
The talk therapy that is quicker (and cheaper) than cognitive-behavioural therapy. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - September 9, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Depression subscribers-only Source Type: blogs

The Top 12 Health Chatbots In 2021
Over the past years, smart algorithm-powered, text- or voice-based interfaces have multiplied, and they are also taking their place in healthcare. The Medical Futurist believes Molly, Ginger, Replika and the others will ease the burden on doctors in primary care and help patients learn to take care of their health responsibly. Would you like to try one? Check out the following video about healthcare chatbots: The age of talking algorithms is here In 2018, Google stunned the world with the latest feature of the Google Assistant, Duplex, which was able to make an appointment in a hair salon in eerily hum...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine Healthcare Design AI chatbot digital health Innovation List medical Personalized medicine technology chatbots health chatbot Source Type: blogs

AI-powered Woebot raises $90M to scale up digital self-therapy platform
‘Digital therapist’ Woebot perks up with $90M for AI-powered mental health platform (FierceBiotech): In news sure to excite even the most melancholy of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots, mental health platform Woebot has closed its series B funding round with a whopping $90 million. The funds will go toward building out Woebot’s AI technology and digital therapeutics, as well as the teams responsible for the development and commercialization of the platform. Woebot’s technology centers around the eponymous “digital therapist,” which uses conversational AI software to form therapeu...
Source: SharpBrains - July 26, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Peak Performance Technology & Innovation artificial intelligence chatbot cognitive behavior therapy dialectical behavior therapy digital self-therapy digital therapeutics interpersonal psychotherapy mental health c Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Tack and I Write to Psych Medicine; Struthers Writes to Medical Research Council
By David Tuller, DrPH A recent study of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for patients with “persistent physical symptoms” (PPS), a category alsocalled “medically unexplained symptoms,” reported null results for its primary outcome. These null results were not mentioned in the conclusion of the abstract, which instead focused on minimal reported benefits for a minority of […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 24, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized cochrane Medically unexplained symptoms Michiel Tack persistent physical symptoms PPS struthers Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Quartet of Trials Reveals Limitations of CBT for “ Medically Unexplained Symptoms ”
By David Tuller, DrPH A year ago, I wrote a post about how the biopsychosocial ideological brigades had completed a trifecta of major studies that investigated cognitive behavior therapy for a variety of so-called “medically unexplained symptoms” (MUS). As a group, the studies demonstrated the overall ineffectiveness of CBT as a treatment for this category […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 3, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CODES PACE Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Did the IBS Trial Really Show that Web-Based CBT Offered Significant Clinical Effectiveness?
By David Tuller, DrPH I wrote some posts last year about the ACTIB trial–a major study of telephone-delivered and web-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (TCBT and WCBT) for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Contrary to how the results have been framed by those with reputational and financial interests in promoting them, the study demonstrated that WCBT did […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 24, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized IBS mahana MCID Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Null Outcomes Presented as Success in Yet Another CBT Trial from Prof Trudie Chalder
By David Tuller, DrPH Trudie Chalder, a professor of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) at King’s College London, has recently published yet another high-profile paper: the main results for “efficacy” from a trial of CBT for patients with so-called “persistent physical symptoms” (PPS) in secondary care. As usual with this group of investigators, things haven’t turned […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 19, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder MUS PPS PRINCE Source Type: blogs

Relaxation Techniques: 5 Proven Ways To Reduce Stress
Relaxation techniques that are scientifically proven include progressive relaxation, autogenic training, meditation and cognitive-behavioural therapy. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - June 10, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Anxiety Mindfulness Source Type: blogs

Overinterpreting Computational Models of Decision-Making
Bell (1985)Can a set of equations predict and quantify complex emotions resulting from financial decisions made in an uncertain environment? Aninfluential paper by David E. Bell considered the implications of disappointment, a psychological reaction caused by comparing an actual outcome to a more optimistic expected outcome, as in playing the lottery. Equations for regret, disappointment, elation, and satisfaction have been incorporated into economic models of financial decision-making (e.g., variants ofprospect theory).Financial choices comprise one critical aspect of decision-making in our daily lives. There are so many ...
Source: The Neurocritic - March 31, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

People With Depression Show Hints Of Distorted Thinking In The Language They Use On Social Media
By Emily Reynolds A key facet of cognitive behavioural therapy is challenging “cognitive distortions”, inaccurate thought patterns that often affect those with depression. Such distortions could include jumping to conclusions, catastrophising, black and white thinking, or self-blame — and can cause sincere distress to those experiencing them. But how do we track cognitive distortion in those with depression outside of self-reporting? A new study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, explores cognitive distortions online, finding that those with depression have higher levels of distortion in the...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - March 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cognition Mental health Twitter Source Type: blogs

“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”
By HANS DUVEFELT The hackneyed windows phrase, about what a domestic employee will and will not do for an employer, represents a concept that applies to the life of a doctor, too. Personally, I have to do Windows, the default computer system of corporate America, even though I despise it. But in my personal life I use iOS on my iPad and iPhone and very rarely use even my slick looking MacBook Pro. I use “tech” and machines as little as possible and I prefer that they work invisibly and intuitively. In medicine, even in what used to be called “general practice”, you can’t very reasonab...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Record Stress Levels Fueling Demand for Mental Health Services
New poll results from the American Psychological Association (APA) shows that adults in the US are experiencing the highest levels of stress since the pandemic began. This prolonged and elevated stress is fueling increased demand for mental health services. Without more trained professionals, better technology, and improved access, many who are suffering may not get […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: C-Suite Leadership Communication and Patient Experience Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System AbleTo behavioral health cognitive behavior therapy COVID-19 mental health Reena Pande Stress in America Telehealth Telepsychiatry Tri Source Type: blogs

Growing research points to expanding adoption of online cognitive behavioral therapies, both guided and unguided
We are seeing a number of fascinating meta-analyses comparing the value of A) face-to-face vs. Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapies and B) guided vs unguided internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy, especially in the case of depression. Here you have a couple great examples, suggesting a growing adoption in the near future of web-based, and increasingly personalized, interventions. A) A comparison of electronically-delivered and face to face cognitive behavioural therapies in depressive disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis (Eclinical Medicine). From the Abstract: Background: Cognitive behavioural ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 22, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation CBT cognitive behavioral therapies depression eCBT Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapies Source Type: blogs

Digital mental health start-up Koa Health raises €30M to accelerate growth in Europe and the US
Mental healthcare startup Koa Health closes €30M Series A funding to expand its international footprint (Silicon Canals): In a recent development, Barcelona-based digital mental healthcare provider, Koa Health, has announced it closed an oversubscribed €30M Series A funding round … The company had raised the funds back in October 2020 and had also announced its spin-out from Alpha, Telefónica’s startup factory. The raised capital will be used to boost Koa Health’s growth and expand its international footprint including the US. Oliver Harrison, CEO of Koa Health says, “We know ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 16, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation Alpha digital mental health Koa Health mental healthcare Oliver Harrison startup Telefónica Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Hughes-Tuller Comment on Wessely-Chalder CBT Study Rejected by Journal, Posted Here
By David Tuller, DrPH Last fall, Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Trudie Chalder were among several co-authors of a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The study purported to prove that years of provision of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to patients with “chronic fatigue” and “chronic fatigue syndrome” proved […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 15, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder NICE Royal Society of Medicine Wessely Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: New Biopsychosocial Paper on Long-Covid and Somatic Symptom Disorder
By David Tuller, DrPH Biopsychosocial Campaigners Target Long-Covid New papers from the biopsychosocial campaigners often provide opportunities to highlight unwarranted assertions, misleading use of data, and—in particular–associations interpreted as if they were causal relationships and not, well, associations. An article co-authored by Trudie Chalder, a professor of cognitive behavioural therapy at King’s Collge London, and […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 9, 2021 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized biopsychosocial chalder long-covid Source Type: blogs

The landscape of digital mental health apps: huge unmet needs, quality concerns, app stores asked to ensure transparency
Addressing the mental health crisis (Pharma Field): Each day we find out more about the mental health effects of the pandemic. Early on, the Office for National Statistics found that one in five Britons reported symptoms of depression, compared with one in 10 before. And, according to a recent study led by the University of Nottingham and King’s College London, stress, anxiety and depression were all significantly higher in participants compared with ‘population norms’, with 64% of the participants reporting symptoms of depression and 57% reporting symptoms of anxiety. … Through simple force of nec...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation advertising standards cognitive behavioural therapy consumer protection digital health digital health applications digital mental health digital mental health interventions digital therapeutic Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Professors Chalder and Crawley Join Forces to Push CBT for Kids
By David Tuller, DrPH On November 10th, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence published a draft of new clinical guidelines for ME/CFS. The draft represented a blunt rejection of the argument that the combination of “unhelpful cognitions” and deconditioning drives the illness. Under this once-hegemonic framework, indicated therapies include cognitive behavior therapy to […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 16, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder Crawley Lightning Process NICE draft Source Type: blogs

Trial by Error: FDA Approves Web-CBT for IBS; GET/CBT as Tomorrow ’ s “ Rubbish ”
By David Tuller, DrPH Mahana set to announce FDA approval for ineffective IBS program Earlier this year, I spent a lot of time blogging about the unethical and dishonest manner in which a San Francisco start-up called Mahana Therapeutics was promoting an eight-week web-based program of cognitive behavior therapy for patients suffering from irritable bowel […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 7, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized british journal of general practice CBT IBS mahana Matthew Holt ross-morris Trudie Chalder Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Letter to BMJ Paediatrics Open about the CBT-Music Therapy Study
This study was published in April by BMJ […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 25, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ music therapy norway Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Update on BMJ ’ s CBT-Music Therapy Study (h/t Steinkopf and Tack)
By David Tuller, DrPH I have written multiple posts this year about a Norwegian study of cognitive behavior therapy plus music therapy as a treatment for chronic fatigue after acute EBV infection (aka mononucleosis and glandular fever). The study, published in April by BMJ Paediatrics Open, was rife with methodological and ethical flaws. It should not have […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - November 24, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ CBT music therapy Nina Steinkopf norway Tack Source Type: blogs

Caregiving for Schizophrenia
A third of all people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives. Caregiving for people with schizophrenia presents challenges that many people are ill-prepared for. Host Rachel Star breaks down the principles of caregiving and creative ways to navigate schizophrenia. Dr. Sarah Kopelovich joins to share schizophrenia caregiver specific training. About our Guest Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kopelovich is an Assistant Professor in the department and holds the...
Source: World of Psychology - October 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rachel Star Withers Tags: Brain and Behavior Caregivers Family Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Adult Caregiver Caregiver stress Family Caregivers life with schizophrenia Living With Schizophrenia Mental Illness Psychotherapy Sel Source Type: blogs

Inside Schizophrenia: Caregiving for Schizophrenia
A third of all people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives. Caregiving for people with schizophrenia presents challenges that many people are ill-prepared for. Host Rachel Star breaks down the principles of caregiving and creative ways to navigate schizophrenia. Dr. Sarah Kopelovich joins to share schizophrenia caregiver specific training. About our Guest Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kopelovich is an Assistant Professor in the department and holds the...
Source: World of Psychology - October 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rachel Star Withers Tags: Brain and Behavior Caregivers Family Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Adult Caregiver Caregiver stress Family Caregivers life with schizophrenia Living With Schizophrenia Mental Illness Psychotherapy Sel Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: That Royal Society of Medicine Webinar on Long-Covid
*October is crowdfunding month at Berkeley. I conduct this project as a senior fellow in public health and journalism and the university’s Center for Global Public Health. If you would like to support the project, here’s the place: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/22602 By David Tuller, DrPH Proponents of cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy as treatments for […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - October 2, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

From Feeling Good to Feeling Great
You may be aware that my books, Feeling Good and the Feeling Good Handbook, have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, and are still popular, even though Feeling Good was published 40 years ago.  One reason for the books enduring popularity is groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Forrest Scogin and his colleagues at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. They reported that if you simply give people seeking treat for moderate to severe depression a copy of Feeling Good, more than 50% will improve so much within four weeks that they no longer want or need treatment. What is crucial is that these patie...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Burns Tags: book reviews featured happiness psychology self improvement david burns feeling great mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Dealing With Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19
Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, more people than ever are experiencing anxiety, especially those who struggled with mental health issues before COVID-19. And to make things even worse, many of our coping mechanisms, like going to the gym or hanging out with friends, have been taken away. In today’s show, our host, Gabe Howard, talks with Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal, who helps explain why so many people are having anxiety symptoms and what we can do about it. We want to hear from you — Please fill out our listener survey by clicking the graphic below! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW   Guest informati...
Source: World of Psychology - September 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gabe Howard Tags: Anxiety and Panic Disorders Mental Health and Wellness The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Debate: How and when will the telemedicine surge reach mental healthcare?
Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Patients—and Deal Makers—to Telemedicine (The Wall Street Journal): The coronavirus pandemic has put the once-niche category of telemedicine in the spotlight and is now driving a flurry of deal activity involving virtual health-care providers … Patients have embraced virtual care as a way to stay in touch with doctors for urgent care or chronic care management without risking exposure to the coronavirus by visiting medical offices. Telemedicine visits are typically conducted between a doctor and patient using videoconferencing or a phone call and are used to address minor ai...
Source: SharpBrains - August 25, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology CBT cognitive-behavioral-therapy COVID-19 mental health mental healthcare Talkspace telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: FITNET-NHS Falls Short in Recruitment Drive
By David Tuller, DrPH Professor Esther Crawley, Bristol University’s methodologically and ethically challenged pediatrician and star researcher, has weighed in with an interim analysis of FITNET-NHS, her trial of online cognitive behavior therapy for adolescents with what she calls CFS/ME. Poor Professor Crawley! Despite her ambitious goal of enrolling a whopping 734 participants, early recruitment […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - August 18, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS Esther Crawley FITNET Netherlands online CBT Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: More CBT Research from Sir Simon and Professor Chalder
By David Tuller, DrPH (*Thanks to the the very informed discussion–and discussants–on the Science For ME forum for alerting me to this study and its many problems!) In 2011, Professor Trudie Chalder declared at a press conference for the high-profile PACE trial that twice as many chronic fatigue syndrome patients who received cognitive behavior therapy […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - August 12, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder PACE Wessely Source Type: blogs

Psychotherapy May Boost Immunity
Psychosocial interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have always been a boon for emotional and mental health, and a new meta analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests it may provide an immune system boost as well. Researchers conducted a review of 56 clinical trials, representing 4,060 participants that tracked changes in immunity over time during the course of psychotherapy. Shields, et. al, looked at eight different psychosocial interventions, such as CBT, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and psycho-education, as well as seven markers of immune system function, including inflammation, antibody le...
Source: World of Psychology - August 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Waters Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Research Immune System Immunity psychoeducation Psychotherapy Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Columbia Experts Urge BMJ to Retract Not-Fully-Reviewed Study
By David Tuller, DrPH On Thursday, Professors Vincent Racaniello and Mady Hornig, both from Columbia University, wrote to BMJ’s research integrity coordinator. I have been corresponding with BMJ, and specifically the research integrity coordinator, about the Norwegian study of cognitive behavior therapy combined with music therapy as a treatment for chronic fatigue in adolescents after […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 25, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ CBT mononucleosis music therapy norway Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Columbia Experts Urge BMJ to Retract Problem-Plagued Study
By David Tuller, DrPH On Thursday, Professors Vincent Racaniello and Mady Hornig, both from Columbia University, wrote to BMJ’s research integrity coordinator. I have been corresponding with BMJ, and specifically the research integrity coordinator, about the Norwegian study of cognitive behavior therapy combined with music therapy as a treatment for chronic fatigue in adolescents after […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 25, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ CBT mononucleosis music therapy norway Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Another Letter About BMJ ’ s Music Therapy Study
By David Tuller, DrPH I am still waiting for answers from BMJ about the Norwegian study of cognitive behavior therapy plus music therapy for treatment of chronic fatigue in adolescents after mononucleosis. The study was published in BMJ Paediatrics Open. I have written about it here. This morning I sent the following letter to the […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 21, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: David Tuller ME/CFS BMJ CBT music therapy norway Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: No Evidence for CBT and Other “ Conversion Disorder ” Therapies
By David Tuller, DrPH I have recently written critically about the CODES trial of cognitive behavior therapy as a treatment for the phenomena that have long been called “psychogenic non-epileptic seizures” but that some neurologists and psychologists are trying to rebrand as “dissociative seizures.” (Many people understandably find it offensive to be told they have […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 20, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

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