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Psychotherapy is “talk” therapy. It involves talking with a mental health professional to treat a mental illness. Psychotherapy can occur one-on-one or in a group. Research shows that support from family and friends can be an important part of therapy.
Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Lack of sleep can make you sick. And while everybody has the occasional restless night, for those who suffer from chronic insomnia — some 15 percent of older adults in the United States — that sleep loss can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and even lead to an earlier death. [More]
Scientists develop first blood test to diagnose major adult depression

Scientists develop first blood test to diagnose major adult depression

The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed by Northwestern Medicine- scientists, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. [More]
Benefits and risks of hatha yoga for people with bipolar disorder

Benefits and risks of hatha yoga for people with bipolar disorder

Right now no one can say whether yoga provides clinical benefits to people with bipolar disorder, but in a new article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, researchers report survey responses they gathered from scores of people with the condition who practice yoga. What the collective testimony suggests is that yoga can be a substantial help, but it sometimes carries risks, too. [More]
Breathing-based meditation practice can be effective treatment for PTSD

Breathing-based meditation practice can be effective treatment for PTSD

One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp. [More]
Data provides information on rising number of clinics that treat psychosomatic problems

Data provides information on rising number of clinics that treat psychosomatic problems

Germany economy is a leading force in the world and a model that calls for imitation. A paper published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics provides information on the rising number of clinics that treat burn-out and job-related psychosomatic problems. [More]
Study explores role of self-esteem and social adjustment in children and adolescents

Study explores role of self-esteem and social adjustment in children and adolescents

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a Group of Greek investigators is reporting on a study exploring the role of self-esteem and social adjustment in children and adolescents. [More]
Two week stay in specialized hospital may help manage insomnia

Two week stay in specialized hospital may help manage insomnia

Insomnia is a disturbance that afflicts many people. Some new findings published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicate that a two week stay in a specialized hospital may help. [More]
Current issue provides critical review of data concerned with antidepressant drugs

Current issue provides critical review of data concerned with antidepressant drugs

A paper in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by Giovanni Fava, MD (University of Bologna) provides a critical review of the data concerned with antidepressant drugs. [More]
Investigators report on potential effects of hormone in borderline personality disorder

Investigators report on potential effects of hormone in borderline personality disorder

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a group of German investigators is reporting on the potential effects of a hormone in borderline personality disorder. [More]
ICBT might be equally effective alternative to conventional CBT in management of chronic tinnitus

ICBT might be equally effective alternative to conventional CBT in management of chronic tinnitus

Chronic tinnitus is a disabling disorder. A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on a therapy that is performed over internet. [More]
Risk of obesity higher among adults who had been subjected to abuse as children

Risk of obesity higher among adults who had been subjected to abuse as children

Being subjected to abuse during childhood entails a markedly increased risk of developing obesity as an adult. [More]

Analysis reveals fascinating insights into client and therapist personalities and psychotherapy process

During this study in Psychotherapy Research, the authors set out to interpret the content and consequences of client's dreams about their therapists and vice versa. The analysis reveals some fascinating insights into client and therapist personalities, therapeutic relationships, and the psychotherapy process. [More]
Findings encourage investigation on fear, safety and sleep in human PTSD

Findings encourage investigation on fear, safety and sleep in human PTSD

The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. [More]
Individual’s genetic make-up determines effect of stress on emotional centres

Individual’s genetic make-up determines effect of stress on emotional centres

Our individual genetic make-up determines the effect that stress has on our emotional centres. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the MedUni Vienna. Not every individual reacts in the same way to life events that produce the same degree of stress. [More]

Even with no explicit memory of childhood trauma, PTSD can develop in adulthood

There are many forms of memory and only some of these may be critical for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reports a new study by researchers at the University at Albany and the University of California Los Angeles. [More]

Memory reconsolidation may offer new treatment approaches for PTSD, drug addiction

In the novel À la recherche du temps perdu (translated into English as Remembrance of Things Past), Marcel Proust makes a compelling case that our identities and decisions are shaped in profound and ongoing ways by our memories. [More]
Blacks with depression and diabetes receive inadequate mental health treatment

Blacks with depression and diabetes receive inadequate mental health treatment

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment. [More]
States grapple with mental illness issues; Oregon moves closer to limiting Medicaid patients' access to new hepatitis C drugs

States grapple with mental illness issues; Oregon moves closer to limiting Medicaid patients' access to new hepatitis C drugs

The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it's 54 percent. But inside the razor wire framing the 96-acre compound, the faces and voices of the newly arrested confirm its accidental role as Chicago's treatment center of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses (Geller, 7/14). [More]
First Edition: July 15, 2014

First Edition: July 15, 2014

Today's headlines include news about how some states are planning to address their backlogs of new Medicaid enrollees. [More]
Counselling and guidance techniques may not be appropriate for many African countries

Counselling and guidance techniques may not be appropriate for many African countries

Counselling and guidance techniques developed in the Western world may not be appropriate for many African countries, where cultural influences, government policies and the availability of resources can have significant implications for service delivery. [More]