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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans With Alcohol Abuse Cope With Cravings

The spoils of war for returning veterans may include addictions, injury, and the constant images of horrific events they witnessed. Now a University of Houston joint study funded by the Veterans Health Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development service looks to address these issues through the use of virtual reality. Included in this report is a […]

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Amy Przeworski PhD

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Can Interfere With Life And Endanger The Health Of Social Relationships

Most people worry from time to time. A new research study, led by a Case Western Reserve University faculty member in psychology, also shows that worrying can be so intrusive and obsessive that it interferes in the person’s life and endangers the health of social relationships. Many of these people suffer from what is called […]

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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Researchers Empirically Examine A New Therapy To Treat Depression – ‘Positive Activity Interventions’

Practicing positive activities may serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from depression, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Duke University Medical Center. In a new a paper that appears in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the team of UCR and Duke […]

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Michael Sharpe, MD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Treat Unexplained Symptoms Of Pain, Weakness, And Fatigue

A new type of therapy may help people with symptoms such as pain, weakness, or dizziness that cannot be explained by an underlying disease, according to a study published in the July 27, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These symptoms, which can also include fatigue, tingling, and […]

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Devin Mueller

Potential First-Ever Pharmacological Treatment For Cocaine Addiction Discovered – May Compliment Behavioral Exposure Therapies

New discoveries by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) offer potential for development of a first-ever pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. A common beta blocker, propranolol, currently used to treat people with hypertension and anxiety, has shown to be effective in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with cocaine use in animal-addiction models, […]

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Group Behavioral Intervention Improves Body Image And Self-Regulation Of Eating And Leads To More Weight Loss

Almost a quarter of men and women in England and over a third of adults in America are obese. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease and can significantly shorten a person’s life expectancy. New research published by BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that […]

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People Increasingly Look To Psychotherapy For Depression When Optimism Is Low

In a study published by a group of Finnish investigators headed by Prof. Karlsson in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, low level of optimism appear to predict initiation of psychotherapy for depression. The patient’s personality may also be one of the many factors that contribute to the decision to initiate a certain treatment […]

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Jennifer Lau

Cognitive Bias Modification Training Helps Teenagers Reduce Excessive Anxiety Through Positive Social Interpretations

Training teenagers to look at social situations positively could help those with anxiety and may help prevent problems persisting into adult life, new research from Oxford University is beginning to suggest. The researchers found that tasks designed to prompt either positive or negative interpretations of unclear situations can shift how healthy teenagers think about such […]

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