8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015
Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 -- and it's probably not what you would expect.  "Sleep. That's right, sleep!" Huffington wrote in a Dec. 16 blog post. "How much and how well we sleep in the coming year -- and the years to follow -- will determine, in no small measure, our ability to address and solve the problems we're facing as individuals and as a society."  As more individuals wake up to the importance of sleep, scientists are continuing to learn more about the mechanics of sleep and the necessity of a good night's rest for physical and ment...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 22, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Interview with Your Self: Be Inner-Wise, Resolve Life’s Problems
Wouldn’t it be great to really trust ourselves with problem solving? “We have everything we need inside of us; there is no need to look outside of ourselves,” Mercedes Tur Escriva writes. Sounds simple and true, but it can be hard to stop looking to external things for answers and happiness. In Interview with Your Self: Be Inner-Wise, Resolve Life’s Problems, Tur Escriva attempts to bring us clarity, help us find our inner truth, and live a balanced life. The inspiration for this book, she writes, comes from her own sense of failure after she had to close down her life’s-dream busine...
Source: Psych Central - December 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Paula Lopez Tags: Anxiety Book Reviews General Happiness Motivation and Inspiration Self-Help Spirituality be inner-wise resolve lifes problems be innerwise resolve lifes problems interview with your self learning about yourself mercedes tur escriva Source Type: news

Talking therapy 'as effective as antidepressants' study finds
ConclusionPrevious research has shown that both second generation antidepressants and CBT can be helpful for people with depression. This study found that they seem to work about as well as each other.The study has many strengths, including the fact it is a systematic review, and includes information from RCTs involving more than 1,500 people. However, the studies don't give us much information about adverse effects of treatments, or who responds best to which type of treatment. This is important, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. Some doctors think people with severe depression need to be...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medical practice Source Type: news

Anti-depressants 'no more effective than counselling'
New research published in the BMJ suggests that for moderate to severe depression, talking therapies can be just as effective as anti-depressants (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: depression anti depressants talking therapies acute BMJ cognitive behavioural therapy Source Type: news

Cognitive behavior therapy can help overcome fear of the dentist
Cognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin
ConclusionThis is a well-conducted systematic review that aimed to assess the beneficial and harmful effects of methylphenidate (Ritalin being the most commonly known brand name) for children and adolescents with ADHD.The review found that methylphenidate was associated with a slight improvement in the symptoms of ADHD, compared to placebo or no treatment – just on the borderline of what would be considered clinically meaningful. However, the researchers state this improvement should be weighed up against the increased risk of adverse events, such as sleeping problems and decreased appetite. The review identified a l...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medication Pregnancy/child Medical practice Source Type: news

Talking therapy 'eases dental phobia'
People with a dental phobia are more likely to undergo treatment without sedation if they have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Therapy to help you beat your fear of the dentist now offered
It is a prospect that fills most of us with as much fear as a horror movie - the dreaded trip to the dentist. But scientists claim that patients can overcome their phobia with cognitive behavioural therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive behavior therapy can help overcome fear of the dentist
(King's College London) Cognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King's College London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CBT Beats Light Therapy for Seasonal Depression (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cognitive therapy was aimed at "getting people out of hibernation mode" (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - November 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Chronic Depression and Codependency
Dysthymia, or chronic depression, is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the symptoms are mild, most people with chronic depression wait 10 years before seeking treatment. Dysthymia doesn’t usually impair daily functioning, but it can make life feel empty and joyless. Sufferers have a diminished capacity to experience pleasure and may withdraw from stressful or challenging activities. Their emotions are dulled, though they may feel sad or melancholy or be irritable and anger easily. Unlike with major depression, they’re not incapa...
Source: Psych Central - November 14, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Abuse Anger Antidepressants Children and Teens Cognitive-Behavioral Depression Disorders General Grief and Loss Medications Psychology Psychotherapy Relationships & Love Treatment Chronic Depression Codependency Dysthymia Source Type: news

Computer assisted CBT provides little or no benefits for depression
Computer assisted cognitive behavioural therapy is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression because of low patient adherence and engagement, suggests the largest study of its kind published in The BMJ.Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is considered an effective "talking treatment" for depression, but is not always immediately available in the NHS. Computerised CBT... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - November 13, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Computer-based CBT doesn’t help depression, study suggests
Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective as a treatment for depression, due to low adherence and engagement with the programme, according to a new study Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - November 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: ltrevallion Tags: Mental health Lifestyle Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Computer-based CBT "ineffective" for depression, study suggests
Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective as a treatment for depression, due to low adherence and engagement with the programme Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: ltrevallion Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Mindfulness Therapy vs Maintenance Meds for Depression RelapseMindfulness Therapy vs Maintenance Meds for Depression Relapse
Dr Peter Yellowlees talks about a randomized controlled trial studying the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant medication. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - November 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Commentary Source Type: news

Computer Assisted CBT Provides Little or no Benefits for Depression
Researchers at the University of York have revealed computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression. Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Professor Simon Gilbody from York's Department of Health Sciences and the Hull York Medical School led the REEACT trial. The study was funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Programme. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - November 12, 2015 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Help for Interns Considering Suicide
(MedPage Today) -- Cognitive therapy reduced suicidality among medical trainees, study finds (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - November 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

If you have the winter blues talking is better than exposure to light
Scientists at the University of Vermont found that cognitive behavioural therapy was twice as effective as light boxes at preventing SAD in the long term. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Psychology of Hoarding
Are you a hoarder? Do you hate to throw things out, and save mementos of all sizes and shapes... forever? Like every category of emotional disorders, hoarding has its ranges. For example, up to 40 percent of people with obsessive compulsive disorders are hoarders, and hoarding is often considered part of the spectrum of obsessive compulsive behavior. In fact, at some point in the future, I believe hoarding will most likely have a category of its own. Hoarding vs. Collecting If you hoard, as opposed to collect, you are accumulating possessions that can limit and disrupt both your life and your work. As a collector, you sear...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Are Your Sleep Rules?
Flynt via Bigstockphoto Do you have a very careful pre-sleep routine? One of the first things people do when they're not sleeping well is to introduce rules around sleep. Carefully adjusting their sleeping environment in an attempt to control all noise and light. Not eating too late, avoiding caffeine, not exercising in the evening, wearing earplugs, buying a new pillow, getting a new mattress, fitting blackout curtains. Whilst these things can help with sleep to some extent, often people try too hard and these rules become part of the problem. Sound familiar? Sleep problems or insomnia can start in the setting of physica...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic fatigue patients criticise study that says exercise can help
Charities hit back at Oxford University research on benefits of exercise and behaviour therapy, claiming they can worsen symptomsPeople with chronic fatigue syndrome and ME have criticised the findings of an Oxford University study that suggests gradual exercise could help with their condition – which leading charities say could worsen symptoms.Researchers found graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) had a marked effect on symptoms such as extreme tiredness, joint aches and memory lapses. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 28, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Elgot Tags: Chronic fatigue syndrome Society Health University of Oxford Medical research Science UK news Source Type: news

Exercise and therapy 'useful for chronic fatigue syndrome'
Conclusion This study gives us the long-term results of the only randomised controlled trial to directly compare four commonly used treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. It is encouraging that people who seemed to benefit from CBT and GET in the first year of the study were still seeing those benefits after another year. The finding that people who had the other types of treatment – specialist medical care alone or with APT – improved during the year after the study had finished is interesting and difficult to interpret. It could simply be the case that these people got better over time, although...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Mental health Neurology Medical practice Source Type: news

Treatments offer hope for chronic fatigue syndrome
Two treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome have long term benefits for people affected by chronic fatigue syndrome. The team was following up patients who took part in a study published in 2011. In that study they looked at four potential treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) achieved better outcomes than standard medical care (SMC) and adaptive pacing therapy (APT) at one year. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

'It was all my fault'; negative interpretation bias in depressed adolescents - Orchard F, Pass L, Reynolds S.
The extent to which cognitive models of development and maintenance of depression apply to adolescents is largely untested, despite the widespread application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for depressed adolescents. Cognitive models suggest that nega... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Interview with Obsessed’s Shana Doronn
A&E has launched a new reality show called Obsessed which examines the real-life struggles of people with anxiety disorders including OCD. This program follows people with as they undergo cognitive-behavior therapy or CBT to treat their OCD symptoms. I recently interviewed A&E Obsessed’s Dr. Shana Doronn about CBT and ERP and some tips for getting the most of out psychological treatment for OCD. (Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - October 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Delivering an Optimised Behavioural Intervention (OBI) to people with low back pain with high psychological risk; results and lessons learnt from a feasibility randomised controlled trial of Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) vs. Physiotherapy - Pincus T, Anwar S, McCracken LM, McGregor A, Graham L, Collinson M, McBeth J, Watson P, Morley S, Henderson J, Farrin AJ.
BACKGROUND: Low Back Pain (LBP) remains a common and costly problem. Psychological obstacles to recovery have been identified, but psychological and behavioural interventions have produced only moderate improvements. Reviews of trials have suggested that t... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

How to Know if Therapy Is Working
In many cases, it's difficult for clients to know whether they're making progress because therapists do not necessarily state the goals and desired outcomes of therapy sessions. Clients may need to rely on their own global impressions. When clients are treated by cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) clinicians, though, they know how well therapy is working, because CBT therapists monitor progress each week by: evaluating clients' symptoms measuring the occurrence of specific target behaviors assessing progress toward specific goals In fact, research shows that when both therapists and clients receive feedback on progress, cl...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive Therapy May Reduce Insomnia in Patients With SchizophreniaCognitive Therapy May Reduce Insomnia in Patients With Schizophrenia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may reduce insomnia in patients with persistent delusions or hallucinations, a new study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Living with Panic Attacks
You’re sitting in your car trying to will yourself to walk into the grocery store. Anxiety washes over you. You’re cold and hot at the same time with sweat trickling down your back, hair standing on your arms. You finally get out of your car. But as you enter the store, you feel wobbly and like you’re going to pass out. The fluorescent lighting seems especially stifling. The wide aisles, oddly enough, feel claustrophobic. Your breath feels finite, like a balloon floating up to the sky, which you can’t catch. In fact, at times you feel like you’re floating along with the balloon. At times you f...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders General Psychotherapy Relaxation and Meditation Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Academy of Cognitive Therapy Agoraphobia Antidepressant Anxiety Disorder Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Source Type: news

This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts
Depression is often described as feeling like being stuck in a fog of negative thoughts and beliefs -- but new research suggests that a simple technique borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy can help to clear away the mental haze.  A small study published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy found that Socratic questioning can help people with depression to improve their mood by challenging self-destructive thoughts.  Socratic questioning gets its name from the Greek philosopher Socrates, who used series of questions to help his students exercise critical thinking to come to a conclus...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Preventing Depressive Relapse: Drug or Cognitive Therapy?Preventing Depressive Relapse: Drug or Cognitive Therapy?
Dr Peter Yellowlees discusses results of a recent trial comparing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with maintenance antidepressant treatment for the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Commentary Source Type: news

Clients' experiences of returning to the trauma site during PTSD treatment: an exploratory study - Murray H, Merritt C, Grey N.
BACKGROUND: Visits to the location of the trauma are often included in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but no research to date has explored how service users experience these visits, or wheth... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

What Kind of Psychotherapy Should You Choose?
There are two major types of psychotherapy in the United States: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (also known as Cognitive Therapy) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (a modern version of traditional Psychoanalytic or Freudian Psychotherapy). Which should you choose? It depends on your goal, practical matters (such as cost and time), and the importance you put on research findings of efficacy. If your goal is to gain insight into how the past is influencing you today via unconscious processes, you might select Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Brief Psychodynamic Therapy may be completed in as little as 25 weekly sessions. The more stan...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive-behavioural suicide prevention for male prisoners: a pilot randomized controlled trial - Pratt D, Tarrier N, Dunn G, Awenat Y, Shaw J, Ulph F, Gooding P.
This study investigated the feasibility of ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Group mindfulness based cognitive therapy vs group support for self-injury among young people: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial - Rees CS, Hasking P, Breen LJ, Lipp OV, Mamotte C.
BACKGROUND: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a transdiagnostic behaviour that can be difficult to treat; to date no evidence based treatment for NSSI exists. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) specifically targets the mechanisms thought to initia... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

CBT Effective for Comorbid Insomnia CBT Effective for Comorbid Insomnia
New research provides further evidence supporting cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia when difficulty sleeping occurs with another medical or psychiatric condition. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - July 9, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

HRT instead of anti-depressants
For some women depression in their 40's can be hormonal as Ursula Hirschkorn found out and after being treated with tailored Hormone Replacement Therapy her quality of life has vastly improved (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Professor John Studd oestrogen PMS Oestrogel Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) postnatal depression Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Source Type: news

HRT instead of anti-depressants
For some women depression in their 40's can be hormonal as Ursula Hirschkorn found out and after being treated with tailored Hormone Replacement Therapy her quality of life has vastly improved (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Professor John Studd oestrogen PMS Oestrogel Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) postnatal depression Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Source Type: news

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?
“Bernard also laughed; after two grams of soma the joke seemed, for some reason, good. Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year. It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — so...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioral therapy most consistent treatment for panic disorders
Stephen FellerNEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, was found to be the best way to treat panic and anxiety disorders in a study comparing the effectiveness of three psychotherapies. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The views of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth regarding computerised self-help for depression: an exploratory study - Lucassen MFG, Hatcher S, Stasiak K, Fleming T, Shepherd M, Merry SN.
BACKGROUND: Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth with depression are often isolated and face the double stigma of mental ill-health and being non-heterosexual. Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) offers a means of providing these youth with ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Hoarding Reality Shows Might Do More Harm Than Good
A recent episode of “Hoarders: Family Secrets” opens on an Ohio couple named Joyce and Wallace, who have been married for 31 years. They live in a mid-sized home that could probably be described as too roomy for just the two of them, were it not for the piles of junk that take up every surface in every room in the house. Wallace is at the end of his rope. Living with Joyce, who suffers from compulsive hoarding, has filled him with despair. Joyce admits she has a problem, but maintains that while she does have the power to get rid of the junk, she “just doesn’t feel like it." Such reality TV s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Talking To A Therapist Could Be The Secret To Sleeping Better
Sleeping pills may not be the only option for the 50million to 70 million Americans suffering from chronic insomnia. A new review of research suggests that talking to a therapist should be the first line of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for improving sleep among individuals suffering from chronic insomnia, according to an analysis of 20 previous studies published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that targets chronic stress and anxiety -- often at the root of sleeping problems -- by helping patients to identify dysfunctional thought patterns ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Can't sleep? Talk therapy may help ease insomnia
Studies show a technique called cognitive behavior therapy can help people fall asleep faster without pills (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Health Care: The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia
A review of data shows that cognitive behavior therapy works better than sleep medications. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 8, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: AUSTIN FRAKT Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Insomnia Therapy and Rehabilitation Source Type: news

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help Treat Insomnia
http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_0806201517271800000AA.mp4 BOSTON (CBS) – One in ten Americans suffers from chronic insomnia and tens of millions of prescriptions for sleep aids are written every year, but there may be a drug-free solution for patients who have trouble sleeping. A study finds that cognitive behavior therapy or CBT can help treat chronic insomnia in place of drugs. CBT involves teaching patient habits and relaxation techniques that reduce sleep anxiety and promote better sleep. “It helps improve their difficulty falling asleep,” says Michelle Drerup, PsyD of the Cleveland ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local cognitive behavior therapy Dr. Mallika Marshall Sleep sleep anxiety Source Type: news

The New Health Care: The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia
A review of data shows that cognitive behavior therapy works better than sleep medications. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AUSTIN FRAKT Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Insomnia Therapy and Rehabilitation Source Type: news

Depression 'starts in the womb' claim is unproven
ConclusionThis prospective cohort study found a link between depression in the mother during pregnancy and child maltreatment and depression in adulthood. The results suggested that the child maltreatment might be the intermediate “step” or “link” between maternal and offspring depression.The study has strengths and limitations. The strengths are that it prospectively followed women and their children up over a long time period. The prospective nature of the study is the best way to collect such information. This allowed the study to used standardised diagnostic interviews to collect consistent info...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Can a single-shot therapy session cure insomnia?
Conclusion This RCT demonstrates that a single one-hour session of CBT led to remission at one-month follow-up for 60% of people with acute insomnia, compared with 15% with a waiting list control. A course of six to eight weeks of CBT is already a recommended treatment for insomnia, and the results of this study suggest promise for a briefer intervention. This may be better if it makes it more likely people will accept treatment and stick with it. Shorter sessions would also be easier to provide, as they need fewer resources. However, there are important points to bear in mind before taking this study as conclusive p...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Mental health Medical practice Source Type: news

73% of insomniacs cured after 1-hour therapy session
In the first ever study to attempt to treat insomnia in the acute phase -- before it becomes chronic -- researchers found that almost three-quarters of participants saw improvements in the quality of their sleep within three months following a 60-minute cognitive behavioural therapy session. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news