Brain scan, AI may help determine efficacy of OCD treatment
Researchers at UCLA have developed an AI system to predict whether patients with obsessive compulsive disorder can benefit from cognitive behavior therapy. (Source: Health News -
Source: Health News - - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain scan and artificial intelligence could help predict whether OCD will improve with treatment
Washing hands needlessly dozens of times of day. Spending so much time perfecting schoolwork that it never gets turned in.These are typical behaviors for people with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, a lifelong illness marked by repetitive thoughts and actions that can seriously impair work performance, relationships and quality of life. OCD is most commonly treated with medication and a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. Unfortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy does not help everyone with OCD, and the treatment can be expensive and time-consuming.Now, UCLA researchers have developed a way t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The Genius Within by David Adam review – to what extent is intelligence determined by genes?
Zapping his brain and taking ‘smart pills’, Adam’s fascinating history of how we define intelligence raises intriguing questions about our futureThe old myth that you only use 10% of your brain is obviously rubbish. If an iron spike went through the 90% you never use, why would you care? But what might be true is that we only typically use a small part of our brain ’s potential function. What if you could zap your head or take a pill, like Bradley Cooper in the filmLimitless, and become insanely clever? Over the last decade, this sci-fi possibility has started to approach reality, and David Adam ’s book is a time...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Steven Poole Tags: Science and nature Books Culture Neuroscience Society Psychology Source Type: news

Book Review: Everyday Mindfulness for OCD
Despite the fact that many make light of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by poking fun at minor compulsions or obsessions, OCD is a very serious illness. For those who have it, it can be debilitating and disruptive, upsetting life in very serious and insurmountable ways. Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks, and Skills for Living Joyfully is for people who experience OCD at any level. Those who are newly diagnosed may benefit first from therapy before taking on this added tool. The book is also for professionals who treat patients with OCD, as well as for friends and family members of those diagnosed. Though no...
Source: Psych Central - February 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dave Schultz Tags: Book Reviews Cognitive-Behavioral Habits Mindfulness Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment help for ocd mindfulness for ocd treatment for ocd Source Type: news

At-Home Cognitive Therapy Relieves IBS Symptoms At-Home Cognitive Therapy Relieves IBS Symptoms
Self-administered cognitive behavioral therapy is as effective as help administered in a clinical setting to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) Webinar Series in Four Parts
January 3-February 21, 2018, Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The COMMAND trial of cognitive therapy to prevent harmful compliance with command hallucinations: predictors of outcome and mediators of change - Birchwood M, Dunn G, Meaden A, Tarrier N, Lewis S, Wykes T, Davies L, Michail M, Peters E.
BACKGROUND: Acting on harmful command hallucinations is a major clinical concern. Our COMMAND CBT trial approximately halved the rate of harmful compliance (OR = 0.45, 95% CI 0.23-0.88, p = 0.021). The focus of the therapy was a single mechanism, the power... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

People with eating disorders ‘benefit from specialist CBT’
Cognitive behavioural therapy is among the potential treatments that should be considered for eating disorders, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 30, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cognitive therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for reducing psychopathology among disaster-bereaved individuals: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial - Lenferink LIM, Piersma E, de Keijser J, Smid GE, Boelen PA.
BACKGROUND: Confrontation with a traumatic (e.g. disaster-related) loss is a risk factor for the development of psychopathology, including symptoms of prolonged grief (PG), posttraumatic stress (PTS), and depression. Although interventions have been develo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

New app option for veterans seeking speech, cognitive therapy
Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients.   Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with OCD works in the long run
(Aarhus University) The vast majority of children and adolescents who receive cognitive behavioural therapy treatment for OCD thrive and live without symptoms a year after the end of treatment. This is shown by new research from Aarhus University's Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Risskov. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Benefits of Alternative Therapies
This article will take a look at two additional therapy practices that have been widely used by the U.S. and abroad. Specifically designed for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) works when a therapist leads a patient through a series of lateral eye movements while the patient focuses on traumatic memories. The goal is to reprocess these memories in an adaptive way — eliminating emotional distress and reducing physiological arousal.  Francine Shapiro, PhD, discovered the effects of EMDR by understanding “dual awareness”. When engaging in bilateral stimulation with memory, the ex...
Source: Psych Central - November 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Rebecca Lee Tags: Addictions Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Depression Eating Disorders Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Treatment Cbt Cognitive Behavioral Therapy EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessin Source Type: news

UAB, other hospitals working on Department of Defense project
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is working with other hospitals and universities on a study examining whether a form of cognitive behavior therapy, a short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy approach to problem-solving, could be effective in reducing the frequency and the severity of seizures in those with TBI.   The study, funded by a $3.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, will be conducted at the University of Alabama… (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Multi-site study will examine CBT for traumatic brain injury-induced seizures
(Brown University) With a $3.6 million award from the US Department of Defense researchers in Rhode Island and Alabama will study whether a form of cognitive behavior therapy could be effective in reducing seizure frequency or severity in those with TBI. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy halves the risk of repeated suicide attempts: systematic review - G øtzsche PC, Gøtzsche PK.
OBJECTIVE To study whether cognitive behavioural therapy decreases suicide attempts in people with previous suicide attempts. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Setting Randomised trials that compare cognitive behavioural therapy with treatment as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news