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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is essentially a form of psychotherapy or counselling that may benefit people with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder. This form of therapy cannot cure mental health problems but can help an individual to cope with the symptoms in a more positive way. The therapy also helps individuals to modify their thought patterns and behaviour in a way that helps them lead a life that is as normal as possible.
Simple, inexpensive psychotherapy treatment as effective as CBT for treating depression in adults

Simple, inexpensive psychotherapy treatment as effective as CBT for treating depression in adults

A simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy known as behavioural activation (BA) is as effective at treating depression in adults as the gold-standard cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and can be delivered by non-specialist staff with minimal training at far less cost, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation

WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation

Health workers across the world now need to be prepared to provide care to girls and women who have undergone FGM. But, health workers are often unaware of the many negative health consequences of FGM and many remain inadequately trained to recognize and treat them properly. As a result, many women may suffer needlessly from physical and mental health consequences due to FGM. [More]
Novel ‘Catch It’ smartphone app can help people manage their problems

Novel ‘Catch It’ smartphone app can help people manage their problems

In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems. [More]
Psychological therapies may help people who self-harm, study finds

Psychological therapies may help people who self-harm, study finds

Latest research out today has found that psychological therapies, more commonly known as ‘talking treatments’, may help people who self- harm. [More]
Genetic biomarkers may predict response to psychological treatments in anxious children

Genetic biomarkers may predict response to psychological treatments in anxious children

An investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that genetic biomarkers may predict response to psychotherapy in anxious children. [More]
Internet-based CBT programme can help women suffering from severe FOC

Internet-based CBT programme can help women suffering from severe FOC

Women expecting their first child but who are experiencing severe fear of childbirth (FOC) stand to dramatically benefit in reducing their anxieties with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered via the internet, according to the results of new research. [More]
People suffering from chronic stress, anxiety may be at increased risk for depression and dementia

People suffering from chronic stress, anxiety may be at increased risk for depression and dementia

A scientific review paper warns that people need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia. [More]
New study: Are GPs over prescribing sleeping tablets?

New study: Are GPs over prescribing sleeping tablets?

The team at SleepCogni are dedicated to changing the nations’ sleep habits and conducted an independent study in October 2015 to give a snapshot view of current sleep behaviour. [More]
Cognitive behavioural therapy benefits people with dental phobia

Cognitive behavioural therapy benefits people with dental phobia

Cognitive behavioural 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. [More]
Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy likely to be ineffective in depression treatment

Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy likely to be ineffective in depression treatment

Researchers at the University of York have revealed computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression. [More]
People with psychosis and addiction disorder may respond better to disorder-specific treatment

People with psychosis and addiction disorder may respond better to disorder-specific treatment

People with psychosis often develop an addiction disorder: almost one in two patients with schizophrenia are affected once during their lifetime. Patients with a dual diagnosis mostly have a poorer prognosis, and their disorder often becomes chronic. [More]
New study provides first clinical evidence on the serious toll human trafficking has on mental health

New study provides first clinical evidence on the serious toll human trafficking has on mental health

A new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London provides the first clinical evidence on the toll human trafficking has on mental health, including high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, amongst a patient population in South London. [More]
Cognitive behavioural therapy can change brain function of people with Tourette syndrome

Cognitive behavioural therapy can change brain function of people with Tourette syndrome

In addition to its effect on chronic tics, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can change the brain function of people with Tourette syndrome. [More]
New form of talking therapy shows promise for people suffering from chronic low back pain

New form of talking therapy shows promise for people suffering from chronic low back pain

New research from Royal Holloway, University of London has found that a new form of talking therapy is a credible and promising treatment for people with chronic low back pain who are also suffering from related psychological stress. [More]
Simple one-hour therapy session cures 73% of people suffering from acute insomnia

Simple one-hour therapy session cures 73% of people suffering from acute insomnia

A simple one-hour therapy session has helped to cure 73% of people suffering from acute insomnia, according to a new study from Northumbria University released today. [More]

Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes less likely to be reconvicted

Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. [More]

New Griffith research program aims to reduce negative impact of anxiety

Combatting the negative impact of anxiety using cognitive behavioural therapy is the aim of a new research program run by Griffith University, in the face of this significant issue. [More]
Prenatal antidepressant exposure increases anxiety symptoms

Prenatal antidepressant exposure increases anxiety symptoms

Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings. [More]
Reducing fears key to success of CBT or GET in people with chronic fatigue syndrome

Reducing fears key to success of CBT or GET in people with chronic fatigue syndrome

Reducing fears that exercise or activity will make symptoms worse is one of the most important factors determining the success of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or graded exercise therapy (GET) in reducing fatigue and improving physical function in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to new analysis of data from the PACE trial, reported in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. [More]
Group mindfulness treatment as effective as individual CBT in patients with depression, anxiety

Group mindfulness treatment as effective as individual CBT in patients with depression, anxiety

Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. [More]
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