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Psychodynamic therapy: a poorly defined concept with questionable evidence
Psychodynamic therapy (PDT) is widely practiced, but the empirical evidence for it is unclear.1 As relatively few well-controlled studies exist, some authors resort to meta-analyses that include numerous poorly controlled and underpowered clinical trials in order to support their claim that PDT is efficacious.2 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

On Psychic Change And The Incorrigibility Of Child Molesters
John Borneman is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and the author of "Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany." In 2008, I began a study of the rehabilitation of men accused or convicted of child molestation. In much of the West, such offenders are the domestic equivalent of the international terrorist, considered the most incorrigible and despised of the modern criminal types. In Germany, the site of my study, they are both given prison sentences and obligated to seek psychological treatment. German courts in fact most frequently make release from prison contingent on t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2016 Category: Science 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

The Future of Trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been a mental health condition, classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), since 1980. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-III) in 1980 classified PTSD as an anxiety disorder, DSM IV (1994) and DSM-IV Textual Revision (TR) also reaffirmed PTSD as an anxiety disorder. DSM-5 (2013) reclassified PTSD as a Trauma and Stress-Related Disorder. PTSD in terms of its longevity, 35 years as a recognized diagnosis, can be seen as a young adult. However, the phenomena of intrusive thoughts, nightmares, startle response, psychic nu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study from Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy, suggesting a mechanism of action behind an important and widely practiced form of therapy. They also found evidence that pretreatment metabolism in a different brain structure might predict which patients are likely to respond to psychodynamic therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 27, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Therapists Spill: When You Have a Bad Therapy Experience
It takes courage to seek therapy. Therapy is a vulnerable act, as you entrust a stranger with your innermost thoughts and feelings. So it can be especially disappointing and distressing when you have a bad experience. It might even taint your view on the entire process and system. “Just one bad experience can shut a person down, turn them off to a new therapist, and leave them disinterested and even disgusted by the entire mental health system,” said clinical psychologist Deborah Serani, PsyD. But exploring your bad experience — pinpointing why it was so negative — can help. Below, clinicians reveal...
Source: Psych Central - August 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders General Healthy Living Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Therapists Spill Treatment Clinical Psychology ethics and therapy therapeutic alliance Source Type: news

Short-term Psychotherapy for Depressed Breast Cancer PatientsShort-term Psychotherapy for Depressed Breast Cancer Patients
Find out more about psychodynamic therapy in non-metastatic breast cancer patients with depression. Annals of Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Internet-Based Psychodynamic Therapy vs. CBT for DepressionInternet-Based Psychodynamic Therapy vs. CBT for Depression
Research has shown that internet interventions are effective in the treatment of depression, but most studies focus on cognitive-behavior therapy. Is internet-based psychodynamic therapy as effective? BMC Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

Psychodynamic Therapy 101
Sometimes people think they have completed psychotherapy when they never even started.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - November 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jonathan Shedler, PhD Tags: Anxiety Depression Psychiatry Therapy depression anxiety panic Panic Attack psychiatric diagnosis psychoanalysis psychoanalytic therapy psychodynamic psychotherapy psychology Source Type: news

Pure OCD: a rude awakening
You mentally undress your friends, Tony Blair, the lollipop lady. Your thoughts are X-rated. You wonder if you're a paedophile – or just losing your mind. A sufferer describes the nightmare – and dark comedy – of living with pure OCDOn a spring night when I was 15 the mental image of a naked child entered my head and the corners of my world folded in. I put down my cutlery. My throat was closing over. Dad sat across from me, 10,000 miles away, and Mum was hunting draughts at the window.Stoned and smiling, my brother sat next to me, resting his elbows on teenage knees too high for the table. He looked side...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 31, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Psychology Sexuality Mental health & wellbeing Society Features Obsessive-compulsive disorder Life and style Source Type: news

Psychodynamic Psychiatrists to Meet Alongside the APA in San Francisco
The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry welcomes all psychiatrists interested in psychotherapy and psychodynamics and has as its mission keeping psychodynamic therapy as an integral part of the psychiatric profession. Here, more on the 57th annual meeting of the AAPDP in May. (Source: Psychiatric Times)
Source: Psychiatric Times - February 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news