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Exposure Therapy For PTSD Is Enhanced With Common Antibiotic

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common, distressing, and disabling medical consequences of combat or other extremely stressful life events. The first-line treatment for PTSD is exposure therapy, a type of behavioral therapy where patients confront their fears in a safe environment. Although it is an effective treatment, many patients still experience symptoms after treatment and there is a relatively high drop-out rate.

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Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Panic Disorder And Agoraphobia Is Effective Even With Co-Morbid Depression

A new study that is published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examines the role of a specific form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia and co-morbid depression. Controversy surrounds the questions whether co-occurring depression has negative effects on CBT outcomes in patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia and whether treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia also reduces co-morbid depressive symptomatology.

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Researcher Peter Norton

Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is More Efficient And Effective In The Treatment Of Anxiety Disorders

Whether it is a phobia like a fear of flying, public speaking or spiders, or a diagnosis such as obsessive compulsive disorder, new research finds patients suffering from anxiety disorders showed the most improvement when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in conjunction with a “transdiagnostic” approach – a model that allows therapists to apply one set of principles across anxiety disorders.

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Researcher Roland Zahn

More Evidence That Freud Was Right: Brain Scans Show Guilt Plays Key Role In Depression

Scientists have shown that the brains of people with depression respond differently to feelings of guilt – even after their symptoms have subsided. University of Manchester researchers found that the brain scans of people with a history of depression differed in the regions associated with guilt and knowledge of socially acceptable behaviour from individuals who never get depressed.

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Group Programs To Prevent Childhood Depression Prove To Be Effective

Psychological interventions to prevent depression in children and adolescents can be useful and with protective effects that last for up to a year, finds a new systematic review. According to research cited in the new review, in 2002, depression ranked second greatest cause of disability in developed countries and first in many developing ones. The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

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Anorexia Nervosa Study Reveals Inner Conflicts Over The ‘Real’ Self That Have Treatment Implications

People with anorexia nervosa struggle with questions about their real, or “authentic,” self – whether their illness is separate from or integral to them – and this conflict has implications for compulsory treatment, concludes a study in the Hastings Center Report. The researchers also conclude that exploring ideas of authenticity may help clinicians formulate therapeutic approaches and provides insights into whether compulsory treatment can be justified.

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