Wide variation across the nation in treatment for opioid abuse and dependence
(FAIR Health) Whether treatment for opioid abuse and dependence most commonly emphasized methadone administration, naltrexone injection, group psychotherapy or another procedure in 2017 depended on the state or region where the patient received care, according to a new white paper and state-by-state infographics from FAIR Health. Which procedures made up the largest share of total expenditures for opioid abuse and dependence also varied by region and state. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Psychedelic drugs 'may improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD'
Psychedelic drugs have a bad reputation, but could they be used to enhance psychotherapy? Some researchers argue they may help with anxiety and depression. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Bipolar Disorder & Finding the Right Psychiatrist
Finding the right psychiatrist is a difficult task. For me it took almost 10 years and three different doctors. It seems like finding a doctor would be a simple thing, however it’s very personal and you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position when you speak with a psychiatrist. By the time you get to a psychiatrist you have either spoken with your primary care doctor or a therapist who have referred you to go see the psychiatrist. So, you have already told someone your secret of not feeling well mentally and the fact that you feel like you need some help. Most people go to see a psychiatrist reluctantly. When...
Source: Psych Central - August 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tosha Maaks Tags: Bipolar General Personal Stories Psychiatry Psychotherapy Bipolar Disorder Psychiatrist Therapeutic Relationship Source Type: news

Left-wing media literally driving Americans into mass mental illness: Psychiatrists baffled
(Natural News) It started off as a joke among conservatives. But so-called “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is actually a legitimate health condition, say psychiatrists – and one that afflicts millions of Americans who obsessively hate the President. According to Elisabeth LaMotte, founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Trump Derangement Syndrome is characterized by “collective... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How nature helps empower people going through cancer treatment
Carol Mason was on the edge — strung out between depression and high anxiety. She had recently received news that the chemotherapy and its accompanying nausea, vomiting and intense fatigue she had been enduring for months to treat her metastatic breast cancer wasn’t working. Her latest scan had revealed new lesions on her bones and liver.Mason, 70, needed some way to quiet her mind and her fears, and marshal her energy for the road ahead. She was open to anything that would give her a vacation from her current nightmare. That ’s when she heard about a new approach to traditional mindfulness training. Mind...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 1, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

What We Know About the Effect of Psychotropic Drugs on Migrant Kids
A federal judge on Monday ruled that the government must obtain parental or guardian consent before administering psychotropic drugs—those that can affect the brain or behavior—to migrant children in its care. But plenty of questions still remain about what these drugs do to young brains in the first place. “The benefits or risks of psychotropic medications to brain development are only beginning to be evaluated,” says Dr. Manpreet Singh, director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program at Stanford University. “We haven’t actually looked, directly and in systematic ways, at the effects o...
Source: TIME: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

How Do I Know if Therapy Is Working? And Other Questions About Therapy Answered
When someone outside of therapy learns that Panthea Saidipour is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, their first question is usually: “Are you analyzing me right now?” Saidipour jokingly responds they shouldn’t worry because she’s off the clock. But this question actually reveals a common concern clients have, whether they mention it aloud or not: “Are you judging me right now?” Judgment has no place in therapy, said Saidipour, who works with young professionals in their 20s and 30s who want to gain a deeper understanding of themselves. It kills curiosity. And curiosity is critical in...
Source: Psych Central - July 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders General Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment questions about therapy therapeutic alliance therapy fit therapy questions Source Type: news

The treatment of alcohol dependence by total abstinence: The experience of residents at Studio House, Nottingham
Key findings For residents of Studio House, facilitators and barriers for the successful completion of the programme vary along the recovery journey. The Studio House programme can be viewed as a learning experience. The meaning of recovery for residents goes beyond alcohol abstinence to include mental, physical and relational wellbeing. Staff ability to connect with residents, skills development, programme understanding, and, to a certain extent, peer support are the main facilitators to recovery. Misunderstanding of the ‘consequences system’ could be a barrier to the successful completion of the programme. M...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - July 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy for aggression among individuals with moderate to severe acquired brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Iruthayarajah J, Alibrahim F, Mehta S, Janzen S, McIntyre A, Teasell R.
The objective of this syst... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

What Can Be Done to Reduce the Risk of Suicide
Suicide rates are high and have only been increasing over the years. Over 800,000 people die all over the world by suicide each year. A proportion of the suicides are murder suicides resulting in additional loss of life. Attempts at suicide occur more frequently and we have about one million suicide attempts occurring each year. Suicide is a heart-breaking problem that is growing and needs to be addressed in as many ways as is possible. Understanding the risk factors, knowing the warning signs and what to do about them, is a crucial step. The more the awareness the greater the impact on suicide prevention. Risk Factors f...
Source: Psych Central - July 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suma Chand, PhD Tags: Depression General Suicide Source Type: news

Impact Factor leap for Psychiatry Karger journal -- home of innovation
(Karger Publishers) The Impact Factor 2017 of the Karger Journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics made a big leap to 13.122. The journal now ranks fourth among the psychology journals listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI) and holds the fifth position in the ranking of psychiatry journals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Science News » Therapy Reduces Risk in Suicidal Youth
A recent clinical trial of a psychotherapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) — which has been shown to be effective in reducing suicide-related behavior in adults — showed that DBT can also reduce suicide attempts and suicidal behavior in adolescents. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Being Fit in Middle Age May Protect Against Depression
About 16 million adults in the U.S., and 350 million people around the world, have depression, a major source of physical and mental disability. It affects people’s employment and their ability to socialize and maintain relationships. Now, in a large study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers say there may be a relatively inexpensive, non-invasive way to combat depression, beginning in middle-age. The scientists, led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, director of the center for depression research and clinical care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, report that being physically fit can lower the...
Source: TIME: Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

Adapted psychotherapy for suicidal geriatric patients with depression - Conell J, Lewitzka U.
This debate article aims to evaluate whether current diagnostic and therapeutic options for suicidal geriatric patients with depression suffice, and which adapted strategies might be helpful. We hope to encourage clinicians to consider special approaches w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Downtown psychotherapy practice expands to meet demand
Stressed-out Cincinnatians are increasingly seeking help to find a work-life balance or overcome depression that could be linked to their jobs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Frank Tallis: ‘I often feel when I write fiction that I am just doing psychology in a different way’
The psychotherapist and fiction writer on the importance of sci-fi and Freud, and the connection between love and madnessFrank Tallis is a novelist, nonfiction writer and clinical psychologist. He has heldlecturing posts in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry and neuroscience at King ’s College London. He has written horror fiction, a series of detective novels featuring the fictional detectiveMax Liebermann and four books about psychology, includingChanging Minds, a history of psychotherapy.The Incurable Romantic, an account – told through case histories of his patients – of a life spentin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Lisa O'Kelly Tags: Books Culture Psychology Science and nature books Fiction Source Type: news

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Mitigates PTSD Symptoms MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Mitigates PTSD Symptoms
Pooled results from six double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trials show benefit for adding MDMA, also known as ecstasy, to psychotherapy for chronic posttraumatic stress disorder.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Psychodynamic psychotherapy of a child with internalizing symptoms: a study of outcomes - Gastaud MB, Carvalho C, Fiorini GP, Ramires VRR.
When psychopathology is considered as a developmental phenomenon, the data on child psychotherapy must be of interest to all therapists. The aim of this study was to assess the results of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a child with internalizing symptoms u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Why Do We Worry So Much?
Worrying seems to be commonplace for many, if not, most people today. The question I often asked myself is, why do people worry? A little worry is probably necessary in order to motivate us to do things that need to get done. On the other hand, excessive worry tends to keep us incapacitated to the point of indecision and inaction. In asking myself the question of Why Do People Worry? I draw upon my 25+ years of experience in working with clients, as well as personal experience. My conclusion is that people worry in an attempt to solve their problems. Given this, why is that worry actually hinders us from solving the very p...
Source: Psych Central - June 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Irving Schattner, LCSW Tags: Anxiety Habits Self-Help anxious thoughts Rumination worry Source Type: news

Learned Helplessness and C-PTSD
In 1967, Martin Seligman, one of the founders of Positive Psychology and his research group carried out a fascinating, if somewhat morally dubious experiment in his quest to understand the origins of depression. In this experiment, three groups of dogs were confined in harnesses. The dogs in group 1 were simply placed in their harnesses then released after a period of time, but the dogs in groups 2 and 3 did not have it so easy. Instead they were subjected to electric shocks that could only be stopped by pulling a lever. The difference was that the the dogs in group 2 had access to the lever, whereas the dogs in group 3 di...
Source: Psych Central - May 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Bullying Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Treatment C-PTSD complex post-traumatic stress disorder learned helplessness Martin Seligman Source Type: news

Testimonial psychotherapy in immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence: a case series - Lakshmin P, Slootsky V, Polatin PB, Griffith JL.
Testimonial psychotherapy is a therapeutic ritual for facilitating the recovery of survivors of human rights violations that focuses on sharing the trauma narrative. Originally developed in Chile as a method for collecting evidence during legal proceedings... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A qualitative study of a blended therapy using problem solving therapy with a customised smartphone app in men who present to hospital with intentional self-harm.
Blended therapy is the integration of internet-based treatment and psychotherapy in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. It has been described as'any possible combination of regular face-to-face treatments and web-based interventions'.1 Several systematic reviews have examined the partial replacement of face-to-face therapy with web-based technologies.2 –4 Yet there have been few descriptions of instances where internet-based therapies supplement or augment face-to-face therapy to create a new treatment rather than simply replacing face-to-face treatment with variable degrees of inperson support. This approach to ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mindfulness-based group therapy: impact on psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents - Sams DP, Handley ED, Alpert-Gillis LJ.
The practice of mindfulness has long been incorporated into psychotherapy. Research on the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness exists within adult populations, and emerging empirical evidence demonstrates the benefit of such practices in the treatment of a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Confronting Narcissistic Abuse
The objective of narcissistic abuse is power. Narcissists may intentionally diminish or hurt other people. It’s important to remember that narcissistic abuse stems from insecurity and is designed to dominate you. Abusers’ goals are to increase their control and authority, while creating doubt, shame, and dependency in their victims. They want to feel superior to avoid hidden feelings of inferiority. Understanding this can empower you. Like all bullies, despite their defenses of rage, arrogance, and self-inflation, they suffer from shame.  Appearing weak and humiliated is their biggest fear. Knowing this, i...
Source: Psych Central - May 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Abuse Bullying Codependence Narcissism Personality Psychology Relationships & Love Confrontation Emotional Abuse Gaslighting Manipulation Narcissistic Personality Disorder Source Type: news

Developmental psychotherapy for antisocial adolescents
(Bentham Science Publishers) Working with young offenders is considered difficult activity and often ineffective. Most popular programs focus on behavior control, in the assumption that behavioral problems are a 'lack of something.' Whereas, a developmental approach understands antisocial behavior results from intentions, values and goals that need thorough consideration. A developmental understanding of delinquent youth combines with psychoanalytically informed perspective on treatment in a program carried out successfully in Italy for past 20 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Schizophrenics may do better with earlier, team-based care
(Reuters Health) - People with schizophrenia who are treated early in their disease course, with extra support in addition to drugs and psychotherapy, may do better than they would with usual treatment, which often lacks coordination and starts after psychosis has taken hold, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Web-based supportive psychotherapy to prevent posttraumatic stress disorder: a cross sectional study on the Iranian national under-14 girls' football team after Nepal earthquake in 2015 - Hassanmirzaei B, Soltani SK, Haratian Z, Moghadam N.
BACKGROUND: Earthquakes are devastating natural disasters. When an earthquake occurs during a significant event, such as Asian football confederation (AFC) under-14 girls' regional championship in Nepal (2015), all catastrophic casualties should be taken i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Interpersonal psychotherapy for mood and behavior dysregulation: pilot randomized trial - Miller L, Hlastala SA, Mufson L, Leibenluft E, Yenokyan G, Riddle M.
BACKGROUND: Youth with chronic irritability and excessive reactivity, diagnosed as disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), have social impairment in multiple settings (i.e., peers, school, and home). This paper presents a pilot randomized trial asse... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Actuarial prediction of psychotherapy retention among Iraq-Afghanistan veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder - Fleming CE, Kholodkov T, Dillon KH, Belvet B, Crawford EF.
The present study aimed to identify predictors of treatment retention in a sample of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who were referred for PTSD-focused t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Four decades of outcome research on psychotherapies for adult depression: an overview of a series of meta-analyses - Cuijpers P.
In the past 4 decades about 500 randomized trials have examined the effects of psychological treatments of adult depression. In this article the results of a series of meta-analyses of these trials are summarised. Several types of psychotherapy have been e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Ecstasy Therapy May Help Service Veterans Suffering PTSD Ecstasy Therapy May Help Service Veterans Suffering PTSD
Combining intensive psychotherapy with a pure form of the party drug ecstasy is safe and could aid recovery in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the findings of a study in military veterans.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

MDMA enhances treatment for veterans with PTSD
MDMA -- the active ingredient in the banned street drug ecstasy -- is safe and enhances the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder when administered during psychotherapy, according to a new clinical trial. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Reduces PTSD Symptoms
WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 -- For veterans and first responders with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), receipt of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy is effective and well tolerated for reducing symptoms, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ecstasy therapy may help service veterans suffering PTSD
(Reuters) - Combining intensive psychotherapy with a pure form of the party drug ecstasy is safe and could aid recovery in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the findings of a study in military veterans. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

MDMA enhances treatment for veterans with PTSD, study finds
MDMA -- the active ingredient in the banned street drug ecstasy -- is safe and enhances the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder when administered during psychotherapy, according to a new clinical trial. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How telemedicine is providing in-home psychotherapy for veterans' diverse conditions
Despite the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest healthcare system in the country, for a lot of veterans coming into to a clinic is difficult. It would be impossible for a clinic to be in every veteran's neighborhood — that’s where telemedicine comes in.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Individuals' experiences with brief admission during the implementation of the brief admission sk åne RCT, a qualitative study - Helleman M, Lundh LG, Liljedahl SI, Daukantaité D, Westling S.
BACKGROUND: Brief admission (BA) is an adjunctive treatment option for individuals with self-harming behavior, having traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is offered alongside outpatient psychotherapy for the purpose of strengthening autonom... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Do I Have to Lose Me to Love You?
As codependents we lose ourselves in relationships, unaware that losing our Self is the greatest despair. When the relationship inevitably ends, it’s devastating because we are lost. We lack autonomy because that task wasn’t completed by adulthood. Often there are power struggles, characterized by repeated, unresolved arguments, either about a single recurring issue or numerous trivial things. Many of them boil down to the question of who has control, whose needs will be met, or how intimate they will be. Intimacy problems are a common symptom of codependency. Avoidance of intimacy, and the vulnerabil...
Source: Psych Central - April 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Abuse Codependence Narcissism Personality Relationships & Love Self-Esteem Autonomy Boundaries Closeness Codependency Denial dependent personality Emotional Abuse Guilt Identity Independence Intimacy Manipulation Resent Source Type: news

Affect Dysregulation and C-PTSD
One of the most important features of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is that of ‘affect dysregulation’. The meaning of this somewhat opaque sounding term is perhaps made clearer by using its synonym: emotional dysregulation. It consists of strongly felt emotions, in particular anger and fear, which seize the sufferer rendering him or her powerless to control them. These emotional outbursts can be terrifying both for the victim and anyone else present, lasting anywhere from seconds to a few hours. They are typically prompted by minor stimuli that most people would barely react to, if at all and ...
Source: Psych Central - April 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Abuse Bipolar Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma affect dysregulation Bipolar Disorder C-PTSD Child Abuse child neglect Childhood Trauma Comorbid Disorders complex ptsd complex trauma Coping Skills Dissociation Emotiona Source Type: news

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD
This article titled “Common Pitfalls in Exposure and Response prevention (EX/RP) for OCD” by Seth J. Gillihan was published in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in May 2012 and discusses various mistakes that well-meaning therapists might make while using ERP therapy. For example, some therapists don’t encourage their clients to go far enough in their exposures — to do what is most difficult for them. Other therapists might choose the wrong type of exposures, or even interfere with proper therapy by encouraging the use of distraction. Some other topics discussed in the articl...
Source: Psych Central - April 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Caregivers Family Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Parenting Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment anxious thoughts Avoidance Desensitization exposure Exposure Response Prevention Therapy Obsessions Ocd Rituals Source Type: news

Proton pump inhibitors linked to increased risk of depression due to destructive effects on gut microbiota
(Natural News) New research published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has identified a strong and seemingly causal link between proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs for stomach acid reduction and severe depression, which researchers say is probably a result of the way these drugs severely disrupt the gut microbiome. The study’s comparative analysis looked at... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Tips for Effectively Managing Your Bipolar Disorder — From Pill Trays to Practitioners
Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness. It affects everything. In addition to affecting your mood, it affects your judgment, concentration, memory, energy and sleep. It affects your relationships. It affects your everyday. It can bring about a deep, sinking despair, or jolt you into a euphoric state where your brain literally can’t compute the consequences of your actions. Some people experience depressive and manic symptoms at the same time—darkness, distorted thoughts and fatigue followed by restlessness, racing thoughts and irritability. It can feel so overwhelming. However, this doesn’t mean you&rsqu...
Source: Psych Central - March 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders General Psychotherapy Self-Help Sleep Stress Treatment being healthy with bipolar Bipolar Disorder bipolar disorder books bipolar disorder treatment Depressive Episode hope and bipolar disorder managing bipola Source Type: news

Building tolerance to anxiety is key to OCD symptom relief
Excessive hand washing, out of a fear of contamination or germs, is one of the most common and best-known examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. Though OCD can ’t be “cured,” symptoms can be significantly reduced through cognitive-behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy.Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, can be challenging for some people with OCD. Therapists may expose them to experiences that require them to directly confront their fears by performing tasks that cause anxiety or even disgust. For example, one effective treatment for excessive fears of contamination might involve putti...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Measuring use of evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD in VA residential treatment settings with clinician survey and electronic medical record templates - Shiner B, Leonard Westgate C, Simiola V, Thompson R, Schnurr PP, Cook JM.
OBJECTIVE: Available studies on implementation of evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) for patients attending Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) residential post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs rely on therapist self-report of EBP delivery. Patien... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

How MDMA May Help with the Pain of PTSD
PTSD affects everyone from soldiers, children, to someone recovering from a natural disaster or sexual assault. The memories of the tortured experience torments their mind, sometimes replaying over and over again as they relive the experience. But what if there was a drug that could help them feel in touch with the world again? A drug that, if used in a controlled environment, could bring them back to reality with a fresh set of eyes? MDMA might be the answer for PTSD. What is PTSD? PTSD is a psychological condition that is triggered by a traumatic event. The person may suffer from nightmares or flashbacks, causing severe ...
Source: Psych Central - March 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Ayanna McClintic Tags: Medications Miscellaneous Drugs Neuroscience Psychology PTSD Trauma Treatment ecstasy MDMD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder psychoactive drug Serotonin Source Type: news

Psychotherapy Is'The' Biological Treatment Psychotherapy Is'The' Biological Treatment
Dr Robert Berezin on the biology behind psychotherapy's effectiveness.Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Expert Column Source Type: news

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD: are memory reconsolidation and fear extinction underlying mechanisms? - Feduccia AA, Mithoefer MC.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD has recently progressed to Phase 3 clinical trials and received Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA. MDMA used as an adjunct during psychotherapy sessions has demonstrated effectiveness and acceptab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad for Your Health. Here ’s What to Do About It
Modern life is full of emotional challenges. The pressure to succeed, need to “keep up,” fear of missing out and desire for good relationships and work satisfaction can all evoke volatile combinations of emotions. However, what we learn in our society is not how to work with our emotions, but how to block and avoid them. We do it quite well: Between alcohol use, prescription drug use and screen time, there are a multitude of ways to avoid our feelings. When we do acknowledge them, we swat them away with mantras learned since childhood. (“Mind over matter,” “get a grip” and “suck it...
Source: TIME: Health - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hilary Jacobs Hendel Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

Spiritual psychotherapy for adolescents with conduct disorder: designing and piloting a therapeutic package - Mohammadi MR, Salmanian M, Ghobari-Bonab B, Bolhari J.
Objective: Spiritual psychotherapy has been conceptualized in the context of love and belief as principles of existence. Spiritual psychotherapy can provide an opportunity to design programs to treat conduct disorder. The aim of this study was to introd... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Complex Trauma: Dissociation, Fragmentation, and Self Understanding
For those of us working in the field of complex trauma, one of the most exciting events of 2017 was the release of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors by Dr. Janina Fisher. The book is a wonderful summary and synthesis of the current state of knowledge in trauma research enlivened with wisdom, insight and deep compassion for the victims of abuse. Dr. Fisher draws together neurobiological research, psychological theory, and a productive, if sometimes painful, process of trial and error in which dozens of committed therapists sought out better ways of helping survivors of trauma. Unfortunately, many people suf...
Source: Psych Central - February 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Abuse Caregivers Children and Teens Dissociation Dissociative Motivation and Inspiration Neuroscience Parenting Personality Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Esteem Trauma Treatment Alienation C-PTSD Child Abuse child neglect Source Type: news