Depression

Online CBT Shown To Be Effective Even for Severe Depression

Photo credit New research bolsters the claim that a series of self-guided, Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) platforms can reduce depression. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first to examine whether the effects of these treatments were inflated by excluding patients with more severe depression or additional conditions such as […]

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The physiological stress response is larger in the morning than evening

Photo credit When’s the best time of day to give someone bad news? First thing in the morning or early evening? Yes, if it’s in the morning, they have longer to work out what to do about it, but you might be better off plumping for the evening because according to a new study, published […]

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How to discontinue antidepressants

Photo credit There has been a lot of attention to problems patients face in discontinuing antidepressant drugs. However, there appear to be few indications, particularly in guidelines and reviews. In an article in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Giovanni Fava, MD and Carlotta Belaise, Ph.D., analyse data that can guide antidepressant discontinuation. The […]

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Violent video games make players NUMB to suffering: Gamers frequently exposed to graphic content become desensitised to disturbing images, say psychologists

Photo credit Playing violent video games regularly makes people less sensitive to disturbing images, warns a new study. Scientists found regular players were better at disregarding graphic content while viewing a rapid series of images. In the experiment, this meant they were better able to remember more of the images than non-players. Experts believe this […]

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Self-compassion in chronic pain sufferers linked to a better capacity to continue engaging in valued activities

Photo credit New research suggests that the development of a kind, caring, and warm attitude toward oneself might help those suffering from chronic pain. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that people with higher levels self-compassion tended to be better able to “get on with the business of living” despite experiencing […]

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Sometimes a failure to replicate a study isn’t a failure at all

Photo credit As anyone who has ever tried a diet knows, exerting willpower can be exhausting. After a whole day spent carefully avoiding the snack machine and attempting to take mindful joy in plain baked chicken and celery sticks, the siren call of cookies after dinner may be just too much to bear. This idea […]

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Boys need better access to mental health care. Why aren’t they getting it?

Photo credit “If you can’t turn to someone in your life and say how you are really feeling, then you’re only going to end up hurting yourself somehow down the road.” Throughout high school, Alexander Sanchez was severely depressed. He thought about suicide, and he didn’t know how to explain what was wrong or ask […]

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A Sanity Checklist for 2019

Photo credit If you’re trying to get your head on straight, this is the most fundamental place to start. Our struggles with mental illness—anxiety and depression, at least—have been talked about and meme-ified into oblivion, so we can stop pretending we aren’t freaking out about the insurmountable piles of stress weighing us down. Young people […]

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How to recover from mental health problems

Photo credit Recovery from most mental health problems comes about as a result of a mixture of professional help and self-help through lifestyle changes. Working closely with your doctor to find the right strategy is usually the key to success. Talking therapies Counselling and psychotherapy can help people to understand the factors that may underlie […]

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Depression, anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking – Here’s what study says

Photo credit Anxiety and depression may significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and arthritis, comparable to smoking and obesity, a study warns. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US looked at the health data of more than 15,000 older adults over a four-year period. The study, published in […]

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