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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

Searching for Self
“I used to spend hours when I was a kid just looking in the mirror, trying to figure out if I was handsome or not. It just depended on the day. If someone told me I was handsome, then I was handsome, and if someone told me I was ugly, then I believed that. I hardly ever look in the mirror anymore though, not if I can help it. It’s just too stressful.” – Jesse in In Treatment When Dane de Haan (as Jesse) appears for his last session in the HBO series “In Treatment”, it’s a shock both for the audience and for his therapist. He arrives with Angelo, his adoptive father — a m...
Source: Psych Central - February 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Amanda Robins, MSW, PhD Tags: Borderline Personality Children and Teens Memory and Perception Narcissism Psychology Self-Esteem Child Development chronic emptiness Identity identity formation integrated identity Personality Disorder Self Awareness Source Type: news

These Antidepressants Are Most Effective, Study Says
Millions of people take antidepressants for depression. But there’s long been debate over just how effective the medications actually are. On Wednesday, a large new study provides evidence that antidepressants are more effective than placebo at treating acute depression in adults. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, looked at the published data from 522 randomized controlled trials testing 21 different types of antidepressants. The study authors also reached out to pharmaceutical companies and study authors for additional unpublished study data. All told, the data collection included 116,477 men and women...
Source: TIME: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy as therapy to adults with post-traumatic stress disorder - Khalifeh AH.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is psychological trauma that effects on somatic, cognitive-affective, and behavioral. The goals of treatment to persons who have PTSD to decreasing functional impairment, building resilience, reducing symptom severity,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Treatment of Hoarding-Induced Trauma and Perpetration
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Standards Manual, Edition V (2013) reports that between 2 and 6% of the general population have a hoarding disorder. Once considered a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding is now regarded as a serious clinical condition co-morbid with diagnoses of depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, and sometimes psychosis given the delusional levels of denial that hoarders often present (Frost, Stekelee, Tolin, 2011). Hoarders engage in excessive acquisition of items, whether those items have real world value or not,...
Source: Psych Central - February 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Graeme Daniels, MFT Tags: Addictions Anxiety Caregivers Children and Teens Essays Family Grief and Loss Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personality Psychodynamic Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Treatment Abuse Anxiety Disorder bullying Comorb Source Type: news

VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD
Details a pilot telehealth program created by the VHA Office of Rural Health and the VHA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative that will allow veterans to access psychotherapy and related services at their local clinics via telehealth. This program, Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), also seeks to reduce the stigma faced by veterans by providing mental health services in a primary care setting. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health 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

Brain, Gut Both Crucial in Psychotherapy for Chronic Digestive Disorders Brain, Gut Both Crucial in Psychotherapy for Chronic Digestive Disorders
For patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease and other chronic digestive diseases, attention to the brain is as important as the gut, researchers say in a February 3 online article in Gastroenterology.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Depressed Rural HIV Patients May Benefit From Therapy Via Phone
Telephone - administered interpersonal psychotherapy associated with fewer depressive symptoms (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, AIDS, Journal, 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. T...
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

Do I Have ADHD?
“Do I have ADHD?” It’s a question traditionally asked of a person’s family physician, since that’s typically the only healthcare professional with whom most people have an existing relationship. But in the past few decades, the question of whether or not a person has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been posed to the Internet. And the Internet has responded. Psych Central was one of the first mental health websites to offer an online ADHD quiz to test to see if a person might qualify for a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, back in the late 1990s. We developed our quiz...
Source: Psych Central - February 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Attention Deficit Disorder Disorders Self-Help ADHD test Do I have ADHD how do I know if I have ADHD Symptoms Of Adhd what is ADHD Source Type: news

3 Pervasive, Persistent Myths about Seasonal Affective Disorder
Our society tends to dismiss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We minimize it. We misunderstand it. Oh, you just don’t like winter. And who could blame you? Winter is tough on everyone. Oh, SAD is like the winter blues, right? You get grumpy or moody because you hate the freezing cold. You’re just in a funk. It happens to a lot of people. It’s totally normal. How can you feel depressed when the air is so crisp and it’s a winter wonderland out there? We incorporate SAD into our vocabulary, flippantly using it in conversation. “Similar to someone saying “I can’t make up my mind, it...
Source: Psych Central - January 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders General Seasonal Affective Disorder Stigma Light therapy Mental Health Stigma phototherapy SAD summer depression summertime depression winter depression wintertime depression Source Type: news

Are rupture-repair episodes related to outcome in the treatment of trauma-exposed World Trade Center responders? - Haugen PT, Werth AS, Foster AL, Owen J.
This study aimed to examine rupture-repair (R-R) episodes in a sample of adult World Trade Center responders (N = 32) who engaged in integrative psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an outpatient clinic.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Self-conscious emotions and suicidal ideation among women with and without history of childhood sexual abuse - Kealy D, Spidel A, Ogrodniczuk JS.
Background Suicidal ideation and the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame are frequently encountered in psychotherapy. However, research regarding the relationship between self-conscious emotions and suicidal thoughts has been limited, particularl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

How Genetic Testing Saved My Life from Debilitating Clinical Depression
The psychologist’s qualifications are proudly displayed in frames on his wall: a doctorate in clinical psychology, board certifications in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. Maybe this means he can help me. I need an expert on the human mind to help me figure out why mine cannot cooperate, why consciousness has become so unbearable for me.   I am sitting on the couch in his office. He sits in his desk chair, awaiting my gaze to meet his. When I do, he delivers his first question: “Have you been considering suicide?” I am at the brink of desperation, and I figure I must be totally ho...
Source: Psych Central - January 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Kristen Davis Tags: Antidepressants Depression Genetics Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Personal Stories Self-Esteem Stigma Suicide Treatment Blame Clinical Depression Compassion Disease Model Dopamine Genetic Research genetic test Source Type: news

Book Review: It ’ s Not Always Depression
Depression is thought to be one of the most common psychological ailments. When clinical social worker Hilary Jacobs Hendel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “It’s Not Always Depression,” it was the most emailed article for 48 hours, and stayed in the top ten shared articles for more than a week. Clearly, Hendel had struck a chord. In her new book, It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self, Hendel presents what we commonly label depression as a loss of the authentic self; a loss that not o...
Source: Psych Central - January 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Book Reviews Depression General Happiness Psychodynamic Psychology Self-Help books about depression depression books emotional suffering Source Type: news

C-PTSD and Eating Disorders
As a relatively new and still poorly recognized concept, few people come to therapy identifying as suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). As a rule, a diagnosis of C-PTSD comes only after the process of self-discovery in therapy has begun. When people suffering from C-PTSD are referred to a therapist, or decide to seek help for themselves, it is usually because they are seeking help for one of its symptoms, including dissociative episodes, problems forming relationships, and alcohol or substance abuse. One of the more common issues that leads to the discovery of C-PTSD is the presence of an eating ...
Source: Psych Central - January 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Addictions Anorexia Binge Eating Bulimia Eating Disorders Loneliness Psychology PTSD Trauma Treatment affect regulation Bingeing Body Image C-PTSD Child Abuse child neglect Childhood Trauma complex posttraumatic stress di Source Type: news

Exploring the neuroscience of behavioral therapy in rats
(Society for Neuroscience) Psychotherapy may improve symptoms of psychiatric disorders by increasing activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, suggests a study of rats exposed to chronic stress. The research, published in JNeurosci, is a step toward understanding how the brain processes influenced by behavioral therapy may be targeted to improve treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Does childhood maltreatment moderate the effect of the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy versus supportive psychotherapy in persistent depressive disorder? - Klein JP, Erkens N, Schweiger U, Kriston L, Bausch P, Zobel I, Hautzinger M, Schoepf D, Serbanescu I, Bailer J, Backenstrass M, Wambach K, Walter H, H ärter M, Schramm E.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

What an emerging drug company is doing to disrupt depression — podcast
Major depressive disorder — the persistent, intense sadness that most people know simply as depression — is pervasive: One estimate pegs 7 percent of Americans over 18 as having had an episode. The condition typically is treated with antidepressants as well as psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, since alcohol or drug a buse, medical conditions such as cancer and other types of medication can trigger events. BlackThorn Therapeutics Inc. thinks it has another way. Its drug, called BTRX-246040,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

What an emerging drug company is doing to disrupt depression — podcast
Major depressive disorder — the persistent, intense sadness that most people know simply as depression — is pervasive: One estimate pegs 7 percent of Americans over 18 as having had an episode. The condition typically is treated with antidepressants as well as psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, since alcohol or drug a buse, medical conditions such as cancer and other types of medication can trigger events. BlackThorn Therapeutics Inc. thinks it has another way. Its drug, called BTRX-246040,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 2, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Book Review: The Diagnostic System
While it’s true that many illnesses are foreign to the average person, many of the core symptoms of mental illness are familiar to virtually everyone. “Not only does the public have a reasonable sense about what the symptoms of mental illness feel like, it also has some intuitive grasp about what causes them,” writes Jason Schnittker. In his new book, The Diagnostic System: Why The Classification Of Psychiatric Disorders Is Necessary, Difficult, And Never Settled, Schnittker explores the evolution of the manual we use to understand mental illness – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Schnittker e...
Source: Psych Central - December 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Book Reviews Disorders Dual Diagnosis General Medications Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychiatry Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment diagnosis system diagnostic system mental diagnosis Mental Disorders Psychiatric Disorde Source Type: news

Depressed and Worried About Finances? How to Become More Financially Savvy
No one starts off in life wanting to worry about money. In fact, most of us dream of achieving wonderful things, including the ability to buy what we want, when we want it. It’s only after a series of disappointments — some call them hard knocks — that we come to the realization that money only goes so far. If we fail to learn the lessons of budgeting and saving, we’re destined to keep running into financial problems. This can lead to many a sleepless night, accompanied by worry and depression about finances. Finding a path from what I’ll call financial illiteracy to being more financially sav...
Source: Psych Central - December 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Anxiety Depression Money and Financial finances Financial Burdens money problems spending Source Type: news

Music Therapy May Help Ease Depression Music Therapy May Help Ease Depression
Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Music therapy may help ease depression
(Reuters Health) - Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Psychotherapy May Up Buprenorphine Adherence Psychotherapy May Up Buprenorphine Adherence
Psychotherapy as an adjunct to buprenorphine maintenance treatment significantly improves long-term treatment retention rates compared standard counseling provided by prescribing physicians.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children
Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the school-avoider? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Children and Childhood Anxiety and Stress Phobias Therapy and Rehabilitation Mental Health and Disorders Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Parenting Families and Family Life Source Type: news

Book Review: The Ethics of Caring
Caring is a universal force that compels healers all of kinds, from therapists to bodyworkers. Yet, as much as we are all drawn to the desire to help, really helping someone depends not just on desire, but on truly understanding the ethics of caring. In her new book, The Ethics of Caring: Finding Professional Right Relationship with Clients for Practicing Professionals, Students, Teachers & Mentors, Kylea Taylor illuminates just what is necessary to offer an authentic relationship where genuine transformation can occur, and to utilize the tremendous power of shared energy — felt in transference and counter-transf...
Source: Psych Central - December 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Book Reviews Professional Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Treatment ethical principles ethics of caring mentor relationship practicing ethics Therapeutic Relationship Source Type: news

Disorder- and treatment-specific therapeutic competence scales for posttraumatic stress disorder intervention: development and psychometric properties - Dittmann C, M üller-Engelmann M, Stangier U, Priebe K, Fydrich T, Görg N, Rausch S, Resick PA, Steil R.
This study aimed to develop t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sudan:Doctor Sharfi's Initiatives in Psychotherapy, Childcare
[SudaNow] Psychotherapy Consultant Dr. Mua'az Sharfi has for a long time been leading noteworthy initiatives in the domain of psychotherapy and the rehabilitation of persons with mental disorders. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

C-PTSD and Interpersonal Relationships
As I have discussed in other articles, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a unique condition that is the result of suffering a series of traumatic incidents over a long period of time at the hands of someone the victim has a dependent relationship with, usually a parent or other primary caregiver. C-PTSD shares many features of the better known PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is the result of a small number of impersonal traumas, such as car accidents. However, it also has many unique features, which give it a dual nature, in some ways more similar to some personality disorders, or other disorde...
Source: Psych Central - November 26, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Abuse Anxiety Depression Dissociation Personality Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Relationships & Love C-PTSD complex post-traumatic stress disorder complex trauma Dating Intimacy Marriage Traumatic Experience Source Type: news

I hurt so: hypnotic interventions and palliative care for traumatic brain injury - Moss D.
This article presents a case study in which self-hypnosis, hypnosis-assisted psychotherapy, and palliative care strategies were provided within a multi-modal integrative treatment program for a 38-year-old woman with traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

5 Pieces of Damaging Advice for Treating Depression
There’s plenty of advice on treating depression. There are thousands of books, blog posts and magazine articles. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Try this herb or vitamin. Avoid sugar. Be grateful. Be more grateful. You just need some fresh air. Go to therapy. Don’t go to therapy—it’s a waste of time and money. Of course, some advice is sincerely spot-on. Some advice seems helpful, but misses the mark for people struggling with clinical depression. And some of it is just plain bad. Which is why we asked psychologists who specialize in depression to share the damaging advice they’ve come acr...
Source: Psych Central - November 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders Family General Psychotherapy Relationships & Love Self-Help behavioral activation therapy Clinical Depression depression advice Depression Treatment giving advice Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy lo Source Type: news

Navigating Graduate School with a Mental Illness
Psychologist Deborah Serani, Psy.D, was working with a young man who was struggling with a severe bout of social anxiety and chronic depression during his first trimester of grad school. Interacting with his classmates and giving presentations were excruciating. He considered dropping out. This is understandable. Grad school is hard enough. When you have a mental illness, it can feel impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. Below, three psychologists shared their suggestions for success. Learn about your mental illness. Working with a therapist can help you better understand your condition and yourself. What’s also he...
Source: Psych Central - November 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders General Self-Help Stress Students grad students Graduate School Graduate Students Mental Health Mental Illness Self Care self-compassion success Source Type: news

Examining the characteristics and clinical features of in- and between-session suicide risk assessments among psychiatric outpatients - Hom MA, Stanley IH, Rogers ML, Sheffler JL, Nelson KR, Joiner TE, Schramm E.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the characteristics of suicide risk assessments completed using the Decision Tree framework both in and between psychotherapy sessions, clinical features of patients for whom between-session assessments are indicated, and data collec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

The Controversy in Treating Partners of Sex Addicts
In “From Victimhood to Victorhood” (published in the May/June 2015 issue of The Therapist), Alex Katehakis writes that a “major shift has occurred in treating partners of sex addicts”. The shift she describes is towards the Relational Trauma (RT) Model, in which practitioners emphasize that partners’ relational bonds are damaged by betrayal, as precipitated by the discovery of sexual acting out — not a historical and ongoing pattern of destructive or self-defeating behavior by non-acting out partners, as implied by the so-called co-addict model, previously espoused by writers like Stepha...
Source: Psych Central - November 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Graeme Daniels, MFT Tags: Addictions Psychotherapy PTSD Relationships & Love Sexuality Substance Abuse Trauma Addiction Recovery co-addict model co-addiction Codependency Enabling Hypervigilance Impulsive Behavior Infidelity love addiction lying r Source Type: news

How EMDR Therapy Heals Trauma and Addiction
Life experiences, either negative or positive, have a significant impact on our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Adverse life experiences such as abuse, neglect, violence, or emotional distress may have serious consequences later in life, such as mental illness or addiction. In treating individuals who suffer from addiction, it is important to address any co-occurring trauma, PTSD, or related symptoms within the setting of a drug and alcohol rehab facility because, in most instances, these traumatic events or experiences play a role in the person’s addictive behaviors. Therefore, the addiction cannot be fully overco...
Source: Psych Central - November 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Kelsey Brown Tags: Abuse Addictions PTSD Substance Abuse Trauma Treatment Addiction Recovery EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing 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, th...
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

The impact of race and ethnicity on rates of return to psychotherapy for depression - Zeber JE, Coleman KJ, Fischer H, Yoon TK, Ahmedani BK, Beck A, Hubley S, Imel ZE, Rossom RC, Shortreed SM, Stewart C, Waitzfelder BE, Simon GE.
BACKGROUND: There are many limitations with the evidence base for the role of race and ethnicity in continuation of psychotherapy for depression. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 242,765 patients  ≥ 18 years old from six healthcare systems... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news