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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.
Research: First effective web-based treatment for bipolar disorder

Research: First effective web-based treatment for bipolar disorder

The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. [More]
Web-based psychological self-help may aid bipolar patients

Web-based psychological self-help may aid bipolar patients

A web-based self-management programme appears to be feasible and may be effective as an intervention for people with bipolar disorder. [More]
New action plan identifies key priorities for diabetes care in the UK

New action plan identifies key priorities for diabetes care in the UK

A new action plan announced today by Novo Nordisk and collaborative partners at the Diabetes UK conference has identified improved self-management, structured education and psychological support as key priorities for diabetes care in the UK. [More]
Psychological support for diabetes patients: an interview with Katharine Barnard, University of Southampton

Psychological support for diabetes patients: an interview with Katharine Barnard, University of Southampton

It’s been over a decade since the first Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs (DAWN) study showed that psychosocial aspects of diabetes pose specific challenges and barriers to optimal glycaemic control for people living with diabetes. [More]
New study shows anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills associated with increased risk of death

New study shows anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills associated with increased risk of death

Anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills have been linked to an increased risk of death, according to new research from the University of Warwick. [More]
Lack of insight linked to disengagement with CBT for psychosis

Lack of insight linked to disengagement with CBT for psychosis

Lack of insight, poor social functioning and negative symptoms help to predict which patients will drop out of cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis, say researchers. [More]
Anxiety relief in children: an interview with Dr. Golda Ginsburg, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Anxiety relief in children: an interview with Dr. Golda Ginsburg, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder among youth. Prevalence rates hover around 10%, although the actual percent varies depending on the specific anxiety disorder, sample, method of assessment, etc. [More]

Psychotherapies have specific effects on psychosis symptoms

There are small but robust differences in the effects of different psychotherapies on psychosis symptoms, say the authors of a meta-analysis. [More]
Talking therapy may provide effective alternative to medication for people with schizophrenia

Talking therapy may provide effective alternative to medication for people with schizophrenia

Cognitive therapy may provide an effective alternative to antipsychotic medication for patients with schizophrenia, report researchers. [More]

Cognitive therapy promising for patients who shun antipsychotics

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a promising option for patients with schizophrenia who refuse to take antipsychotics, show the findings of a pilot randomised trial. [More]

Study finds only small therapeutic effect of CBT on schizophrenic symptoms

Health organisations around the world recommend a form of psychotherapy, known as cognitive-behavioural therapy or CBT, for patients with schizophrenia. Now, however, the most extensive study ever undertaken into its effect on the symptoms of the disorder finds little impact, according to a team of international researchers. [More]
Health anxiety therapies: an interview with Professor Peter Tyrer, Imperial College, London

Health anxiety therapies: an interview with Professor Peter Tyrer, Imperial College, London

Health anxiety is a relatively new diagnosis and has not been adopted fully. The nearest approximation and formal classification systems is ‘illness anxiety’ as diagnosed in DSM-5, published in May 2013 (DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association, p.315). [More]
CBT more effective in reducing symptoms of health anxiety

CBT more effective in reducing symptoms of health anxiety

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is substantially more effective than standard care at reducing symptoms of health anxiety in medical patients, and can be delivered by non-specialist staff with minimal training at little extra cost. [More]
New research focuses on perfectionism to improve treatment for adolescent anorexia

New research focuses on perfectionism to improve treatment for adolescent anorexia

Reducing ‘perfectionistic’ thinking as a way to improve treatment for adolescent anorexia, is the focus of new research by Griffith University. [More]
New clinical protocols, guidelines for mental health care after trauma and loss

New clinical protocols, guidelines for mental health care after trauma and loss

The World Health Organization is releasing new clinical protocols and guidelines to health care workers for treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss. [More]
New guidelines for treating mental health consequences of trauma and loss

New guidelines for treating mental health consequences of trauma and loss

WHO is releasing new clinical protocols and guidelines to health-care workers for treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss. [More]

New avatar system could provide quick and effective therapy for schizophrenia

An avatar system that enables people with schizophrenia to control the voice of their hallucinations is being developed by researchers at UCL with support from the Wellcome Trust. [More]
Study shows people with SE-AN can be treated with outpatient treatment programme

Study shows people with SE-AN can be treated with outpatient treatment programme

Patients with the most severe and dangerous form of chronic anorexia are more likely to make a significant improvement towards recovery and stay in therapy if traditional psychological treatments are re-focused from weight gain to quality of life issues. [More]

Research shows early access to cognitive behavioural therapy can reduce risk of psychosis

Young people seeking help who are at high risk of developing psychosis could significantly reduce their chances of going on to develop a full-blown psychotic illness by getting early access to cognitive behavioural therapy, new research shows. [More]
Online treatment study helps depression or anxiety sufferers regain control of mood

Online treatment study helps depression or anxiety sufferers regain control of mood

University of Sydney researchers have found a 40 per cent improvement in the overall health of people with both depression and cardiovascular disease after using e-couch – a free online program that helps depression or anxiety sufferers regain control of mood to improve their lives. [More]