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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.
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]
Researchers study impact of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents with anxiety disorders

Researchers study impact of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents with anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, sometimes, antidepressants may be poorly tolerated in children who are at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. [More]
Non-drug solutions for postpartum depression: an interview with Dr David Brock & Christopher Thatcher

Non-drug solutions for postpartum depression: an interview with Dr David Brock & Christopher Thatcher

Postpartum depression (PPD) is reported to occur in 10-15% of delivering women with an estimated 400,000 women affected annually in the US. It is the most common complication of childbirth and is a significant public health concern. [More]
Centrally assisted collaborative telecare model improves PTSD/depression symptoms in soldiers

Centrally assisted collaborative telecare model improves PTSD/depression symptoms in soldiers

Military members who visited a primary care clinic while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression reported fewer symptoms and better mental health functioning a year after enrolling in a treatment program that included specially trained care managers and telephone therapy options, according to a new study conducted by RTI International, RAND and the Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center. [More]
Study challenges notion of fear of weight gain in patients with anorexia nervosa

Study challenges notion of fear of weight gain in patients with anorexia nervosa

A study from Inserm, Paris Descartes University and Sainte Anne Hospital suggests that anorexia nervosa might not be explained by fear of gaining weight, but by the pleasure of losing it... and that the phenomenon might be genetically influenced. [More]
GET.ON online training course can effectively reduce depression risk

GET.ON online training course can effectively reduce depression risk

Inspired by promising tests of web-based health intervention measures, the researchers aimed to find out whether the risk of developing depression could be reduced by a six-week online training course called GET.ON. GET.ON is based on established therapy methods involving systematic problem solving and behavioural activation. [More]
Study shows non-Hispanic blacks less likely to receive treatment for schizophrenia

Study shows non-Hispanic blacks less likely to receive treatment for schizophrenia

Non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they're significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to researchers. [More]
Magic mushroom compound may offer potential new way for antidepressant research

Magic mushroom compound may offer potential new way for antidepressant research

Psilocybin – a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms – may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry today. [More]
Children of depressed parents more likely to have recurrent episodes of depression, poor outcomes in adulthood

Children of depressed parents more likely to have recurrent episodes of depression, poor outcomes in adulthood

The latest report from a 30-year study of families at high- and low-risk for depression reveals that the offspring of depressed parents have a higher risk for depression, morbidity and mortality that persists into middle age. [More]
Study shows risk of developing MDD depends on symptom centrality in network

Study shows risk of developing MDD depends on symptom centrality in network

A novel study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics discloses how depression may develop. [More]
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy effective in overcoming PTSS in children, adolescents

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy effective in overcoming PTSS in children, adolescents

A multicenter randomized controlled trial performed in Germany and published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics discloses new indications for overcoming trauma in children and adolescents. [More]

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy more beneficial without antidepressant drugs

An investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is most helpful when antidepressant drugs are not used. [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]
Smartphones may have potential in treatment of insomnia

Smartphones may have potential in treatment of insomnia

An investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates how the smartphone may have a potential in the treatment of insomnia. [More]
Neuroimaging studies offer new insights into cognitive vulnerability to depression

Neuroimaging studies offer new insights into cognitive vulnerability to depression

Neuroimaging studies of interconnected brain networks may provide the "missing links" between behavioral and biological models of cognitive vulnerability to depression, according to a research review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
MAAT may help prevent chemotherapy-induced memory problems in breast cancer survivors

MAAT may help prevent chemotherapy-induced memory problems in breast cancer survivors

A new analysis indicates that a type of psychotherapy delivered by videoconference may help prevent some of the long-term memory issues caused by chemotherapy. [More]
Savouring positive memories can boost mood in individuals with mental health problems

Savouring positive memories can boost mood in individuals with mental health problems

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a study highlighting the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to help generate positive emotions. [More]
Mindfulness training can help manage painful cycles of thoughts in veterans with PTSD

Mindfulness training can help manage painful cycles of thoughts in veterans with PTSD

Like an endlessly repeating video loop, horrible memories and thoughts can keep playing over and over in the minds of people with post-traumatic stress disorder. They intrude at the quietest moments, and don't seem to have an off switch. [More]
Northwestern Medicine study reveals psychotherapy can alleviate genetically depressed rats

Northwestern Medicine study reveals psychotherapy can alleviate genetically depressed rats

Genes are not destiny in determining whether an individual will suffer from depression, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Environment is a major factor, and nurture can override nature. [More]
New blood test may potentially facilitate detection of Alzheimer's disease at early stage

New blood test may potentially facilitate detection of Alzheimer's disease at early stage

Today, Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed too late. In collaboration with a research team at the university and German Center for Neurogenerative Diseases in Göttingen, Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a blood test that may potentially facilitate detection of Alzheimer's at an early stage. It is based on an immuno-chemical analysis using an infrared sensor. [More]
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