Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques -- such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga -- along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey Lieberman review – genial and triumphalist
This history of (American) psychiatry by a high-ranking insider is ultimately too partial and limited in scopeJourneying through the history of psychiatry with Jeffrey A Lieberman is not unlike being led by Voltaire’s indomitable optimist, Professor Pangloss, through the seven years’ war and the Lisbon earthquake.Psychiatry’s past may have been blinded by mesmerists and fast-talking snake-oil sellers. There may have been brutal incarceration of the “mad”, terror, torture by insulin coma, surgery and electricity, and too many Freudian years of rooting around in buried familial sites. But all is...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Lisa Appignanesi Tags: History Books Psychiatry Mental health Psychology Culture Science Society RD Laing Sigmund Freud Pharmaceuticals industry Business Source Type: news
More And More People Believe Stress And Burnout Will Kill Us. Here's How to Avoid It.
For as long as Ruby Wax has struggled with depression, she has spent an equal amount of time fascinated by how the brain works. She has enjoyed a prosperous career as a comedian and entertainer in the United Kingdom -- recognized for her BBC television show spanning 25 years and script work on "Absolutely Fabulous" -- but recently, she has refocused her attention on her "crazy mind," the part of her that has led to both incredible stress and success over the years. Receiving the opportunity to study mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University, she used her master's dissertation in 2013 t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness for Menopausal DepressionCognitive Therapy, Mindfulness for Menopausal Depression
Psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques could help many women who experience depression during menopause, according to a review of existing research. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - November 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news
'CBT is a scam and a waste of money', says leading psychologist
Patients are being misled because the short-term fix offered by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) does not have a lasting benefit, says Oliver James. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Cognitive therapy, mindfulness may help with menopausal depression
Psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques could help many women who experience depression during menopause, according to a review of existing research. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and SchizophreniaCognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Schizophrenia
Could cognitive-behavior therapy stand on its own as a treatment option for schizophrenia? Evidence-Based Mental Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news
Cognitive Therapy by PCPs Works Even by Telephone, ComputerCognitive Therapy by PCPs Works Even by Telephone, Computer
Cognitive behavioral therapy provided via primary care proved more effective than no therapy or treatment as usual, whether therapy was face to face, computerized, or on the telephone. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news
The efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy and advocacy interventions for women who have experienced intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis - Tirado-Muñoz J, Gilchrist G, Farré M, Hegarty K, Torrens M.
OBJECTIVE. To determine the efficacy of Advocacy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions (CBT) in reducing physical, psychological, sexual, or any intimate partner violence (IPV). METHODS. A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducte... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
The Third Wave of CBT
Conclusion Thirty years ago the cognitive behavioral approach to therapy was limited to the treatment of major depressive disorder and a very limited treatment for some anxiety disorders. Most practitioners at that time viewed this approach as rather simplistic, but admittedly effective for a small range of problems. The “deeper” and more “challenging” cases would be the focus for “depth” therapies of various kinds. Although those “depth” therapies provided little evidence of any effectiveness, they were seen as addressing the “real underlying problems.” Psychothe...
Source: Psych Central - September 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Beppe Micallef-Trigona, MD, MSc Tags: Borderline Personality Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment Acceptance And Commitment Therapy Cbt Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Empirically Supported Therapies Exposure Therapy Research Standard cognitive therapy Source Type: news
Art Therapy + CBT Treats Panic Disorder--Maybe
Does art-based therapy plus cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduce symptoms in panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder? The answer is a very tentative "maybe" according to a recent study's findings. Despite the limited participant size and other limitations, it's a study worth considering for many reasons.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - August 31, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT Tags: Anxiety Creativity Stress Therapy agoraphobia art art therapy Carl Jung case study CBT cognition cognitive behavior therapy cognitive-behavioral GAD generalized anxiety disorder mindfulness panic panic disorder PDA re Source Type: news
Adding therapy to meds may speed depression recovery for some
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For about a third of people with depression, adding cognitive therapy to treatment with antidepressant medication helps them reach remission and recovery quicker, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Treatment moderators of cognitive behavior therapy to reduce aggressive behavior: a meta-analysis - Smeets KC, Leeijen AA, van der Molen MJ, Scheepers FE, Buitelaar JK, Rommelse NN.
Maladaptive aggression in adolescents is an increasing public health concern. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is one of the most common and promising treatments of aggression. However, there is a lack of information on predictors of treatment response reg... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Obesity may be linked to dementia
New study finds that people who are overweight in their thirties have a higher risk of dementia. Also, doctors may have found a more effective way to treat depression using a combination of cognitive therapy and anti-depressant medication. Danielle Nottingham has a look at the day's medical headlines. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Combined drugs and therapy most effective for severe nonchronic depression
(Vanderbilt University) The odds that a person who suffers from severe, nonchronic depression will recover are improved by as much as 30 percent if they are treated with a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than by antidepressants alone. However, a person with chronic or less severe depression does not receive the same additional benefit from combining the two. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Therapy plus antidepressants help patients with severe, nonchronic depression
(The JAMA Network Journals) Patients with severe, nonchronic depression had better rates of recovery if they were treated with cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant medication compared to ADMs alone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia
ConclusionThis large genome-wide association study has found genetic variations in 108 loci more likely to be found in people with schizophrenia than in healthy controls. While some of these variations fell in genes that code for proteins that are already targets for drug treatments for schizophrenia, variations at 83 of the loci had not previously been implicated as being involved in schizophrenia. This provides new insights for further research.The study's strengths include the large number of cases and controls involved. But this study cannot prove that these genetic variants cause schizophrenia. It remains likely that ...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Mental health Neurology Source Type: news
The effect of cognitive therapy on structural social capital: results from a randomized controlled trial among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Hall BJ, Bolton PA, Annan J, Kaysen D, Robinette K, Cetinoglu T, Wachter K, Bass JK.
OBJECTIVEs. We evaluated changes in social capital following group-based cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for female survivors of sexual violence. METHODS. We compared CPT with individual support in a cluster-randomized trial in villages in South... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news
The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress
Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with me that she had visited numerous therapists over the years, but still struggled, and that she was told by one therapist that she was just too smart for her own good. A client asked me for a road map to get better — a plan for coping with depression, panic, and anxiety. I recommended this book. The Mindful Way Workbook can be used as an adjunct in therapy, as part of a class, or by anyone who wants to learn to cope as...
Source: Psych Central - July 3, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Stan Rockwell, PsyD Tags: Anxiety Book Reviews Cognitive-Behavioral Depression General Memory and Perception Relaxation and Meditation Self-Help Stress mindful way Mindfulness mindfulness workbook segal teasdale Source Type: news
New approach to treating conversion disorder reduces seizures, improves co-morbid symptoms
(Lifespan) A new study led by a Rhode Island Hospital researcher has found that a cognitive behavior therapy-informed psychotherapy significantly reduces the seizures in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, a conversion disorder present worldwide and that affects up to 400,000 people in the US. The study was led by W. Curt LaFrance Jr., M.D., M.P.H., director of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology at Rhode Island Hospital and assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology at Brown University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Online programme aims to help combat depression
iFightDepression uses cognitive behavioural therapy and associated exercises (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - June 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Better Diabetes Self-Management With Cognitive TherapyBetter Diabetes Self-Management With Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is finding another home in improving adherence to chronic disease self-management. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Commentary Source Type: news
The STRIDE (Strategies to Increase confidence, InDependence and Energy) study: cognitive behavioural therapy-based intervention to reduce fear of falling in older fallers living in the community - study protocol for a randomised controlled trial - Parry SW, Deary V, Finch T, Bamford C, Sabin N, McMeekin P, O Brien J, Caldwell A, Steen N, Whitney SL, Macdonald C, McColl E.
BACKGROUND: Around 30% to 62% of older individuals fall each year, with adverse consequences of falls being by no means limited to physical injury and escalating levels of dependence. Many older individuals suffer from a variety of adverse psychosocial dif... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
Antidepressant suicide warnings 'backfired'
Conclusion This study saw a decrease in the prescribing of antidepressants in adolescents and young people, and an overall increase in psychotropic medication overdoses. Thankfully, however, there was no change in completed suicide rates, following the FDA's warnings that they can increase suicidality. Strengths of this study include the very large number of people included in the analysis. The researchers used the same parameters for assessing antidepressant prescriptions, overdoses requiring medical attention and death due to suicide throughout the study period. Although this will not capture all of the attempted overdo...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Mental health Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
How to Beat OCD Without Drugs (It's Simple But Not Easy!)
Here's how to conquer OCD using cognitive-behavior therapy which is much more effective than drug treatment, has no medication side-effects, and carries a far lower relapse rate. You might be surprised at how simple it is.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - June 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Clifford N. Lazarus, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Self-Help Therapy behavior therapy brain chemistry CBT ERP medication ocd Source Type: news
Using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat depression
Research published in the NIHR Journals Library has found that cognitive behavioural therapy reduces depressive symptoms where medication hasn’t helped and is a good use of health and social care costs.Depression is very common and is one of the top five illnesses impacting people worldwide. Antidepressants are often given as a first treatment,... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - June 17, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news
Stop overeating: tips for resisting the call of the cake
Dr Jane McCartney uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to tackle the problem of 'emotional eating'. She tells Xanthe Clay that if you want to eat less, you've got to understand why you want to eat more (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - May 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: how to stop overeating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Dr Jane McCartney Source Type: news
CBT and fatigue
A small study followed 11 people with MS undertaking cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) over six years. Three quarters reported better sleep and about two thirds said their fatigue was reduced (though they still showed clinical signs of fatigue). From the CMSC/ACTRIMS conference. Medscape (requires free subscription) Fatigue - A to Z of MS (Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust)
Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust - May 30, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: news
Could an MS drug 'erase' traumatic memories?
Conclusion Despite what the media has reported, the evidence from this study does not prove that it is possible to "erase" painful memories in humans. All we can safely say is that this study has found that the drug fingolimod can reduce fear-related behaviour in genetically modified mice with defects in their immune system. These mice are known to have impaired acquisition and ability to perform cognitive tasks. Whether fingolimod would have a similar effect on humans who did not have an impaired immune system or cognitive function is unknown. Changes in memory and anxiety levels were not reported in any o...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Neurology Medication Source Type: news
How Effective Is Psychological Therapy for OCD?
Psychological therapy for OCD is recognized by both researchers and clinicians as effective treatments for reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms of OCD. Effective psychological therapy for OCD emphasizes changes in behavior and/or thoughts (sometimes called cognitions). When appropriate, behavioral and cognitive therapy for OCD can be combined with medication to get the best result. (Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - May 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news
Can Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Treat Your...
An overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its use in the treatment of eating disorders. (Source: About.com Eating Disorders)
Source: About.com Eating Disorders - May 21, 2014 Category: Eating Disorders and Weight Management Authors: eatingdisorders.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news
High-Dose, Short-Term Psychotherapy
We discuss a clinical trial demonstrating that cognitive therapy administered intensively over 5 to 7 days works as well as cognitive therapy administered weekly over 3 months in reducing PTSD symptoms. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - May 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eugene Rubin, M.D., Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Psychiatry Stress Therapy Source Type: news
Three Ways To Face Your Phobia
Spiders, snakes, planes, dogs, enclosed spaces? What are you afraid of? Phobias are specific fears that interfere with our lives. Find out if your fear is a phobia and if it is, what you can do to overcome it!read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - May 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jonathan Fader, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety anxieties cognitive behavior therapy cognitive behavioral therapy fear phobia Phobias Source Type: news
The Power of Language
Adapting some simple cognitive behavior therapy techniques can reduce anxiety while you are trying to conceive. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - April 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sharon I. Praissman and Emma Williams Tags: Parenting Self-Help Stress Source Type: news
You Are What You Think?
In an article entitled "You Are What You Think" I wrote about a form of psychotherapy called cognitive therapy. The premise of cognitive therapy is that our thoughts are quite powerful and if we habitually think in a negative way our mood will follow our thoughts causing feelings of depression. Defeating depression thus becomes a matter of recognizing these faulty thoughts and replacing them with more truthful, positive thoughts....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Depression)
Source: About.com Depression - April 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news
How to Keep a Thought Diary to Combat Anxiety
One of the most powerful things you can do to manage anxiety is keep a running record of your thoughts on paper. Learn how to make this CBT technique work for you.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - April 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Barbara Markway, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Health Self-Help Stress anxiety tips CBT techniques cognitive behavior therapy Cognitive behavioural therapy how to avoid anxiety how to beat anxiety how to beat depression how to combat anxiety how to combat stress how t Source Type: news
Randomized controlled trial of group cognitive behavioural therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents exposed to tsunami in Thailand - Pityaratstian N, Piyasil V, Ketumarn P, Sitdhiraksa N, Ularntinon S, Pariwatcharakul P.
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common and debilitating consequence of natural disaster in children and adolescents. Accumulating data show that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for PTSD. However, applica... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 12, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy for severe mood disorders in an acute psychiatric naturalistic setting: a benchmarking study - Björgvinsson T, Kertz SJ, Bigda-Peyton JS, Rosmarin DH, Aderka IM, Neuhaus EC.
The current study examined the effectiveness of brief cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for severe mood disorders in an acute naturalistic setting. The sample included 951 individuals with either major depressive disorder (n = 857) or bipolar disorder wit... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news
Has cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis been oversold?
CBT is a recommended treatment for schizophrenia in the UK, but how strong is the evidence that it works? Keith Laws suggests it's not as strong as we might hope.In 1952, the same year that chlorpromazine was introduced as the first effective drug treatment for schizophrenia, Aaron Beck first employed a form of cognitive-based talk therapy to treat delusional thinking. While chlorpromazine inaugurated the era of drug treatments in psychiatry, Becks psychological alternative was a slow-burner. Cognitive Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as we now know it, became part of the mainstream treatment for psychosis i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Science Schizophrenia Mental health Psychology Medical research Drugs Source Type: news
Forget drugs: You can beat psoriasis by TALKING about it
Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy have been shown to be effective for a range of conditions including skin complaints. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression: A translational research study with 2-year follow-up - Meadows GN, Shawyer F, Enticott JC, Graham AL, Judd F, Martin PR, Piterman L, Segal Z.
OBJECTIVE:While mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has demonstrated efficacy in reducing depressive relapse/recurrence over 12-18 months, questions remain around effectiveness, longer-term outcomes, and suitability in combination with medication. T... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news
Oxytocin nasal spray tested for anorexia
Conclusion The study found that oxytocin nasal spray may reduce the short term attention to food and body shape images in women with anorexia. This study was a small study including 31 South Korean women being treated for anorexia. While it showed some potential effect on the women’s attention to food and negative body shape images in the very short term, it is not clear whether this would result in an alleviation of their anorexia symptoms. Oxytocin did not have an impact the women’s consumption of a fruit juice at the end of a study, so any potential to affect (either in a negative or positive way) eati...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Mental health Neurology Source Type: news
At last, a promising alternative to antipsychotics for schizophrenia | Daniel and Jason Freeman
For many, the side-effects of antipsychotics are worse than the symptoms they're meant to treat. No wonder some people with schizophrenia refuse to take themImagine that, after feeling unwell for a while, you visit your GP. "Ah," says the doctor decisively, "what you need is medication X. It's often pretty effective, though there can be side-effects. You may gain weight. Or feel drowsy. And you may develop tremors reminiscent of Parkinson's disease." Warily, you glance at the prescription on the doctor's desk, but she hasn't finished. "Some patients find that sex becomes a problem. Diabetes and hea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 7, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman Tags: Psychology theguardian.com Blogposts Schizophrenia Mental health Medical research Society Drugs Science Source Type: news
Putting the “B” Back into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
While many clinicians claim to employ cognitive-behavioral principles in their strategies, often their interventions go light on the behavioral aspects of CBT and wind up looking far more like Cognitive Therapy (CT) than CBT.Tags: addiction, CBT, in practice, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 3, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr George Simon, PhD Tags: General addiction CBT in practice therapy Source Type: news
Effectiveness of correctional programs with ethnically diverse offenders: A meta-analytic study - Usher AM, Stewart LA.
Numerous studies have examined the effects of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) on criminal recidivism, and several meta-analyses have confirmed the overall effectiveness of this approach. Few studies, however, have examined the efficacy of these program... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 28, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news
Should we be mindful of mindfulness?
It has been prescribed by the NHS for depression since 2004 but recently mindfulness has spawned a whole industry of evening classes and smartphone apps. What is the evidence that the practice – part meditation, part CBT – works?At just after 6.15pm in a brightly lit conference room in Oxford, 22 grown men and women are lying on the floor trying hard to focus on their left knee. From across the room a lilting, calm voice has already invited the group to explore their feet and ankles with "gentle curiosity" and is heading up through the body. "When your mind wanders, gently and kindly escort ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 23, 2014 Category: Science Authors: David Derbyshire Tags: Depression Mental health Culture & wellbeing Society Features Life and style NHS Alternative medicine The Observer Science Source Type: news
Study suggests drug-free therapy hope for schizophrenia
Cognitive therapy is a “safe and acceptable” method for treating people with schizophrenia who not taking antipsychotic drugs, according to a UK study. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 7, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Cognitive Therapy a Viable Monotherapy for Schizophrenia?Cognitive Therapy a Viable Monotherapy for Schizophrenia?
Cognitive therapy may be a viable option for schizophrenia patients who choose not to take antipsychotics, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - February 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news
'Talking therapies' could help with schizophrenia
Conclusion This study provides some evidence that cognitive therapy (CT) may be helpful for some people with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder. However, the benefits seen – as measured on the rating scale (PANSS) – are small. The study design has strengths in that it attempted to blind the assessors as to which treatment the participants were receiving. It also recruited participants who did not want to take antipsychotic medication and had not done so for six months before the study. However, 10 people in each group did take antipsychotics during the trial. This complicates the results, as it is not cle...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news
Cognitive therapy promising for patients who shun antipsychotics
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a promising option for patients with schizophrenia who refuse to take antipsychotics, show the findings of a pilot randomised trial. (Source: MedWire News - Schizophrenia)
Source: MedWire News - Schizophrenia - February 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news