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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.
Alcohol strengthens emotional memories linked to fearful experiences, study shows

Alcohol strengthens emotional memories linked to fearful experiences, study shows

Experiments in mice by researchers at Johns Hopkins suggest that if the goal is to ease or extinguish fearful emotional memories like those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol may make things worse, not better. [More]
Study finds high mental health impact after Great East Japan Earthquake

Study finds high mental health impact after Great East Japan Earthquake

The devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan had a high mental health impact—with some effects persisting several years later, according to a comprehensive research review in the January/February issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
New interactive apps decrease severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms, study reports

New interactive apps decrease severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms, study reports

Soon you can seek mental health advice on your smartphone as quickly as finding a good restaurant. [More]
Depressive patients with co-occurring panic disorder report more antidepressant side effects

Depressive patients with co-occurring panic disorder report more antidepressant side effects

Patients who take medication for depression report more side effects if they also suffer from panic disorder, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. [More]
Researchers find effective cure for social anxiety disorders

Researchers find effective cure for social anxiety disorders

Social phobia is the most common anxiety disorder of our time. But the current treatment regimen for patients with this diagnosis has not proven very effective. Now a team of Norwegian and British researchers believe they have found a cure for social anxiety disorders. [More]
New article highlights conflict between psychoanalysis and sexology

New article highlights conflict between psychoanalysis and sexology

"Psychoanalysts were once thought to be experts on sexual issues, but that is less true today. [More]
New biomarker in cell-free blood plasma linked to overactive stress system in suicidal individuals

New biomarker in cell-free blood plasma linked to overactive stress system in suicidal individuals

Researchers at Lund and Malmö universities in Sweden have measured a biomarker in cell-free blood plasma which can be linked to an overactive stress system in suicidal individuals. This biomarker can hopefully be used in future psychiatric studies. [More]
Hallucinogenic drug offers relief for people with cancer-related anxiety or depression

Hallucinogenic drug offers relief for people with cancer-related anxiety or depression

In a small double-blind study, Johns Hopkins researchers report that a substantial majority of people suffering cancer-related anxiety or depression found considerable relief for up to six months from a single large dose of psilocybin -- the active compound in hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms." [More]
Online group therapy can be as effective as face-to-face treatment for bulimia nervosa

Online group therapy can be as effective as face-to-face treatment for bulimia nervosa

Eight years ago, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a new kind of clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of online therapy - delivered through group chat sessions - to face-to-face group therapy for the treatment of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder marked by recurrent episodes of binge eating (or eating an unusually large amount of food and feeling out of control) coupled with purging behaviors such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise. [More]
Neuroimaging markers may help predict psychotherapy response in patients with depression, anxiety

Neuroimaging markers may help predict psychotherapy response in patients with depression, anxiety

Brain imaging scans may one day provide useful information on the response to psychotherapy in patients with depression or anxiety, according to a review of current research in the November/December issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Novel approach to analyzing brain structures may help predict progression of Alzheimer's disease

Novel approach to analyzing brain structures may help predict progression of Alzheimer's disease

Use of a novel approach to analyzing brain structure that focuses on the shape rather than the size of particular features may allow identification of individuals in early presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Research findings underscore striking heterogeneity of depression

Research findings underscore striking heterogeneity of depression

Depression is generally considered to be a specific and consistent disorder characterised by a fixed set of symptoms and often treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. [More]
Study shows link between severity of Child Sexual Abuse and mental health, HRQoL

Study shows link between severity of Child Sexual Abuse and mental health, HRQoL

In an investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the harm of sexual abuse in Swiss adolescents is analyzed. [More]

Study examines effects of internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a study analyzes the effects of internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety. [More]
Behavioral activation as effective as CBT? An interview with Professor David Richards

Behavioral activation as effective as CBT? An interview with Professor David Richards

BA and CBT are quite fundamentally different. BA is what we call an outside-in treatment, which means it focuses on helping people with depression change the way in which they behave. [More]
High cortisol levels during morning sessions provide more benefits to psychotherapy patients

High cortisol levels during morning sessions provide more benefits to psychotherapy patients

Patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning, new research suggests. [More]
Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy may benefit psoriasis patients

Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy may benefit psoriasis patients

A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics outlines new prospects for the treatment of psoriasis. [More]
Prescription sleep aids may stimulate suicidal thoughts or actions

Prescription sleep aids may stimulate suicidal thoughts or actions

Prescription sleep aids appear to carry a rare risk of suicide, most typically when they cause the unexpected response of stimulating rather than quietening patients, researchers say. [More]
Yoga shows promise in reducing symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Yoga shows promise in reducing symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Yoga could help reduce symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to a study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. [More]
New study reveals doctors less likely to seek help for their own mental health issues

New study reveals doctors less likely to seek help for their own mental health issues

Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, so they can get help from modern treatments, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same concerns about themselves. [More]
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