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Therapy: Is There An App For That?
New mobile technologies provide tools for mood-tracking and more. But can they really replace mental health professionals?
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Findings Support Dedicated, Long-Term Psychotherapy
A meta-analysis of 48 years of research on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP) shows that dedicated psychotherapy continuing more than one year or 50 sessions is more effective than shorter term therapies at treating complex mental health problems such as personality disorders or complex depressive and anxiety disorders.
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Psychiatrists Talking Less, Prescribing More Due To Insurance Policies
The time patients spend in talk therapy with psychiatrists fell by 15 percent between 1996 and 2005, shows an examination of office-based psychiatrists published in this month's edition of The Archives of General Psychiatry.
Guidelines for Psychopharmacological Treatment of Young Children Released
In light of a recent increase in the number of children aged 3 to 6 receiving psychiatric medication, medical professionals have released a set of treatment guidelines.
New Tool For Monitoring Effectiveness Of Teen Counseling
Vanderbilt University reports its Peabody College of Education and Human Development has developed a new tool that will enable mental health practicioners to better assess the affectiveness of their services on adolescent patients. The Peabody Treatment Pr...
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New Credential For Co-Occurring Mental and Addiction Disorders
As many as 80 percent of recovering addicts also suffer from mental disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. At best, these individuals alternate between addiction counselors and mental health counselors, a practice studies have shown to be unsucce...
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Counseling By Phone Found Effective
A study of more than 400 depressed individuals has found telepsychotherapy, counseling by qualified clinical professionals given over the phone, to have long-lasting positive effects. Seventy-seven percent of individuals who were given both antidepressants...
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Empathy and the Neuroscience of Therapy
Twenty therapist-patient pairs recently let themselves be wired to skin sensors and videotaped during their sessions in the name of neuroscience. Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) were studying the pairs, hoping to find physiological...
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Occupational Therapy Benefits Dementia Patients and Caregivers
A study published today by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found community-based occupational therapy to improve the daily life of patients with dementia and to greatly reduce the burden on their caregivers. Dutch researchers studied 135 patients wit...
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Half of Inmates Suffer from Mental Illness
A Department of Justice study has shown that more than half of inmates housed in U. S. prisons suffer from mental illness, with 54 percent showing signs of mania, 30 percent depression and 24 percent a psychotic disorder. The study also found that as many a...
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Group Therapy Alleviates Cancer Stress
A trial reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that group therapy including cognitive restructuring, relaxation training and coping skills can help reduce overall stress and cancer-related anxiety in women undergoing treatment for breast cance...
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Schema Therapy Gives New Hope for 'Untreatable' Borderline Personality Disorder
A controlled study appearing in the Archives of General Psychiatry shows that Schema Therapy (SFT) is twice as effective a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder as the widely practiced approach, Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). Eighty-six ...
Therapy Via Video? Rural Patients Sign Up for 'Telepsychiatry'
For patients in rural areas of the United States, getting to a therapist once involved hours of driving on country roads. Now thanks to a rapidly expanding network of telepsychiatry centers being set up in rural health clinics across the U.S. however, thera...
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Employers Take New Interest in Employee Mental Health
Many employers are increasing mental health services available to workers as new research reveals the costs of depression, anxiety, and other disorders--not to mention related litigation--can have on the bottom line: The number of firms with employee-assis...
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