Cognitive Therapy Controls Impulse Behaviors in Parkinson'sCognitive Therapy Controls Impulse Behaviors in Parkinson's
Study shows the cognitive-behavioral therapy improves potentially harmful impulse behaviors, such as pathological gambling and compulsive shopping, in patients with Parkinson's disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

15 Psychology Experts Share Their Personal "Aha" Moments
I asked a group of psychology experts to share a personal "aha" moment - a time when a psychological principle they teach about showed up in their personal life and knowing the principle resulted in an epiphany. Here's what they more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - February 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alice Boyes, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Cognition Relationships Stress apparent reason cancer treatment cindy cognitive therapy emotional struggles feelings greenstein heidi mindfulness mindy nbsp negotiations personal life poker face psychological pr Source Type: news

Anxiety UK welcomes MPs mental health service
The country’s leading anxiety disorders charity, Anxiety UK, has welcomed the introduction of a new service to support MPs dealing with mental health issues. The House of Commons Members’ Estimates Committee has allocated £25,000 to set up a clinic at Westminster and fund treatment such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The news comes in the [...] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)
Source: ANXIETY UK News - February 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in OCDMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in OCD
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may prove to be a feasible and effective treatment option for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who have not responded to traditional CBT. BMC Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

DTB: Tinnitus
Source: DTB Area: Evidence> Disease Focused Reviews This review in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) on tinnitus discusses assessment and referral, and symptomatic drug and non-drug treatments for subjective in adults.   Non-drug treatment covered include: acupuncture, auditory perceptual training, cognitive behavioural therapy, hearing aids, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, hypnotherapy, information/education, low-power laser therapy, relaxation therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, sound enrichment or masking therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, ultrasound.   Drug treatments discu...
Source: NeLM - Disease Focused Reviews - February 14, 2013 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: news

Being a Stoic saved me from the curse of the British stiff upper lip | Jules Evans
Real Stoicism, as the ancients practised, is about understanding feelings, not repressing them – which can do real harmIs the British Stiff Upper Lip killing us? That theory was put forward this week in the British Journal of Cancer by researchers looking into why the British are less likely to report symptoms than other Europeans – and therefore less likely to survive cancer. The problem, the lead researcher Dr Lindsay Forbes suggests, may be that "we are more stoic and have a war-time mentality". This foray into the national psyche comes just weeks after Dr Phillip Lee, a GP and Tory MP, suggested t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 30, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Jules Evans Tags: Comment The Guardian Psychology Mental health Society UK news Science Comment is free Source Type: news

30 Days to Better Sleep: See a Sleep Doctor
At the conclusion of 30 days spent in an effort to sleep better, you may find yourself continuing to struggle. Through no fault of your own, restorative rest may still elude you. You may still struggle to sleep at night or wake feeling unrefreshed. What should you do now to improve your sleep? When should you see a sleep doctor? There are many things that you can do to improve your sleep. As observed over the past month, you can sleep better by keeping a regular sleep schedule. You can improve your sleep environment by removing electronics, pets, and even the alarm clock. You can meet your sleep needs, pay off your sleep ...
Source: About Sleep Disorders - January 30, 2013 Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: news

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz – review
Stephen Grosz's collection of case histories makes a subtle but powerful case for psychoanalysisComplex, time-consuming, expensive and usually inconclusive: it's hard to define what purpose psychoanalysis really serves. Janet Malcolm, one of few modern writers able to explain the Freudian method in clear, uncluttered prose, likened the process to pouring water into a sieve. "The moisture that remains on the surface of the mesh is the benefit of the analysis," she wrote in 1983.Thirty years later, the medical reputation of psychoanalysis has deteriorated, even from that modest appraisal of its value...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 27, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Alexander Linklater Tags: Psychology Sigmund Freud Mental health Culture Health, mind and body Reviews Books The Observer Source Type: news

DIY depression therapy - self-help books 'effective'
Conclusion This RCT has found that using a self-help CBT book with some guidance provided – but by a non-clinically qualified psychology graduate and without the level of specialist support you would receive in standard CBT treatments – caused greater improvements in depression symptoms than normal care in people with depression. The study supports the benefits of CBT – which is already a well established and recommended treatment for depression. In particular, the study provides evidence that a guided self-help format may be effective for people who may have difficulty in accessing treatment sessions w...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Early interventions to prevent psychosis: systematic review and meta-analysis
Source: BMJ Area: News According to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis, psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may help to delay or prevent psychosis in high-risk individuals.   The authors note that the incidence of probable psychosis is around 5 per 1000 adults in the UK. Schizophrenia, the most common form of psychosis and one of the leading causes of long-term disability, is usually preceded by a prodromal period.  Interventions that delay or prevent transition to psychosis from this prodromal syndrome could be clinically and economically important. &n...
Source: NeLM - Mental Health - January 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

The soft option
More than 100 British sex offenders have volunteered for 'chemical castration'. But do the drugs make them harmless?Barry was sentenced to life in prison in 1976 for murdering a man, a random stranger who'd refused him a light for his cigarette. He didn't think of himself as a sex offender. He is a voyeur – "That's my thing. I like to look" – and has never been convicted of a sexual offence."But no woman, no girl, was safe if I was in a room with them. It could be any girl, from the age of 13 to 60 – I would ensure that I would be sat in a position where I could see up her skirt. Or if...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 18, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Decca Aitkenhead Tags: The Guardian Sex UK criminal justice Society Drugs Law Features UK news Crime Life and style Prisons and probation Science Source Type: news

Clinical review: Insomnia
The criteria for diagnosis of insomnia and how to help patients to manage the factors that cause it, including differential diagnoses, use of daily sleep diaries and the role of cognitive therapy, hypnotic drugs and melatonin. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 14, 2013 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical Source Type: news