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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.
IUPUI researchers receive NIH grant to study effect of depression treatment on cardiovascular disease

IUPUI researchers receive NIH grant to study effect of depression treatment on cardiovascular disease

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers led by Jesse Stewart of the School of Science, have received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct the first randomized controlled trial to determine whether depression treatment can help prevent the development of cardiovascular disease. [More]
Psychotropic medication use widespread among older adults, new study finds

Psychotropic medication use widespread among older adults, new study finds

Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds. [More]
Studies using MRI techniques can reveal brain connectivity differences in people with ASD

Studies using MRI techniques can reveal brain connectivity differences in people with ASD

Studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are beginning to reveal differences in brain connectivity--the ways that different parts of the brain are connected to each other and work together--in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), reports a review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. [More]
Benzodiazepine drugs ineffective for PTSD and trauma treatment

Benzodiazepine drugs ineffective for PTSD and trauma treatment

Benzodiazepine drugs are widely used in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but available evidence suggests that they are not effective--and may even be harmful, concludes a systematic review and meta-analysis in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. [More]
Study identifies trends in use of antipsychotic medications in young people in the U.S.

Study identifies trends in use of antipsychotic medications in young people in the U.S.

Despite concerns that use of antipsychotic medications in treating young people has increased, use actually declined between 2006 and 2010 for children ages 12 and under, and increased for adolescents and young adults. [More]
FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates. [More]
Study sheds new light on role of patient-doctor relationship in antidepressant drug treatment

Study sheds new light on role of patient-doctor relationship in antidepressant drug treatment

A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic sheds new light on the role of patient-doctor relationship in antidepressant drug treatment. [More]
ACT intervention may be effective in reducing risk for cardiovascular disease

ACT intervention may be effective in reducing risk for cardiovascular disease

A controlled study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic indicates the usefulness of a brief behavioral intervention targeting psychological risk factors for vascular disease. [More]
Dutch investigators report on long-term outcome of psychotherapy study in diabetes

Dutch investigators report on long-term outcome of psychotherapy study in diabetes

In the last issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic, a group of Dutch investigators headed by professor Paul Emmelkamp reports on the long-term outcome of a psychotherapy study in diabetes. [More]

Study finds an organic cause for patients with functional dyspepsia

How many times patients with gastrointestinal disorders have been told "There is nothing wrong, nothing organic, it's all you head". But the pain is real. [More]

Danish investigators analyze data concerned with measurement of well-being

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic a group of Danish investigators headed by Professor Per Bech analyzes tha data concerned with measurement of well-being. [More]
BooknHeal developing application to help people with mental health issues find the right psychotherapist

BooknHeal developing application to help people with mental health issues find the right psychotherapist

BooknHeal is a web service for appointment scheduling aiming to connect psychotherapists with people looking for help for mental health issues. [More]
New hope for patients suffering from most severe forms of anorexia nervosa

New hope for patients suffering from most severe forms of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In its most severe form, victims face a devastating 4,500% increased risk for death. In the wake of the recent national attention on the limited treatment options available for these extreme cases, it is important for sufferers to know that help is available. [More]
Study: Air pollution, impaired lung function independently affect cognition

Study: Air pollution, impaired lung function independently affect cognition

Studies have shown that both air pollution and impaired lung function can cause cognitive deficits, but it was unclear whether air pollution diminishes cognition by reducing breathing ability first or whether air pollution represents an independent risk factor for cognitive deficit. [More]
E-learning can provide efficient approach to training psychotherapists in new evidence-based treatments

E-learning can provide efficient approach to training psychotherapists in new evidence-based treatments

Employing online training programs to teach psychotherapists how to use newer evidence-based treatments can be as successful as in-person instruction, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Study calls for more intensive psychotherapeutic support for patients with alcohol addiction

Study calls for more intensive psychotherapeutic support for patients with alcohol addiction

The mortality of alcohol dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency. [More]

Researchers evaluate effects of integrating religious beliefs into depression therapy

For chronically ill patients with major depression, an approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients' religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT, suggests a study in the April issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. [More]
New peer-to-peer networking tool for people suffering from anxiety, depression

New peer-to-peer networking tool for people suffering from anxiety, depression

Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. [More]
Sympathetic nerve block shows no major benefit for PTSD in randomized controlled trial

Sympathetic nerve block shows no major benefit for PTSD in randomized controlled trial

A sympathetic nerve block that has shown promise for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) performed no better than sham treatment in a randomized controlled trial, new research shows. [More]
Exercise and chronic fatigue syndrome: an interview with Professor Trudie Chalder

Exercise and chronic fatigue syndrome: an interview with Professor Trudie Chalder

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised primarily by fatigue but people often report muscle pain and sleep problems as well as concentration and memory problems. The symptoms affect people’s ability to carry out normal activities that healthy people take for granted. CFS can affect relationships, work and leisure activities. [More]
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