A group of Swiss researchers headed by Prof. Sylvia Schneider has published a groundbreaking study on treatment of separation anxiety in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the earliest and most common mental disorders in childhood, and a strong predictor of adult psychopathology. Despite significant progress in psychotherapy research on childhood anxiety disorders, no randomized controlled trial has been conducted with a disorder-specific treatment program for young children suffering from SAD.
A randomized clinical trial published in a recent issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examines a new method for enhancing the effects of stress management therapy. Evidence is accumulating that worry is an important mediator between the experience of stressors and poor mental and somatic health.
In a recent issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a group of German investigators headed by Eva Brakemeier has performed a pilot study to test a new approach for chronic depression. This study demonstrates that the inpatient cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) program can be considered as a promising and feasible treatment option that produces a good outcome for chronically depressed patients with high comorbidity in the short and long term.
Treating chronic migraines with behavioral approaches – such as biofeedback, relaxation training, and hypnosis – can make financial sense compared to prescription-drug treatment, especially after a year or more, a new study found. Longtime behavioral therapy researcher and practitioner Dr. Donald Penzien, University of Mississippi Medical Center professor of psychiatry, coauthored the study.
Offering Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sufferers emotional support through group therapy sessions could improve their quality of life and save the National Health Service (NHS) almost £500 per patient, a study at The University of Nottingham has discovered. Researchers are now planning a larger multi-centre study into the issue to establish whether psychological therapy should be incorporated into the MS services currently provided by the NHS. The publisher made the original study available for an unknown length of time; check the end of this report for a download link.
Treating sleep problems with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia can reduce suicidal ideation, suggests a research abstract that will be presented Tuesday, June 14, in Minneapolis, Minn., at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).
People may judge the quality and qualifications of psychotherapists simply by what their offices look like, a new study suggests. After only viewing photos of offices, study participants gave higher marks to psychotherapists whose offices were neat and orderly, decorated with soft touches like pillows and throw rugs, and which featured personal touches like diplomas and framed photos.
Patients in residential treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (also known as “CBT”) for depressive symptoms, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article notes, as background information, that depression and substance abuse often co-occur, but that individuals with both disorders are not always treated for both.