Peer support offers promise as an effective, low-cost tool for fighting depression, a new study by the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan Health System finds. Programs in which patients and volunteers share information were found to reduce symptoms of depression better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy, researchers found after analyzing 10 randomized trials of peer support interventions for depression dating from 1987 to 2009.
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When psychotherapy helps someone get better, what does that change look like in the brain? This was the question a team of Canadian psychological scientists set out to investigate in patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. Their findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological Science.
Mindfulness involves self-regulation of attention and orientation to the present moment through the practice of meditation. It has recently become an increasingly popular add-on for treatment of mental health problems. A specific form of mindfulness combines it with cognitive-behavioral principles and techniques. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy involves the recognition of thoughts and feelings as fleeting mental states rather than becoming caught in habitual, self-defeating thought patterns that undermine mood, well-being, and/or performance.
Following the results of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showing that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) produces a 41% reduction in fatal and non-fatal first recurrent cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) believes stress management programs should be made more widely available across Europe for patients with coronary artery disease. Further studies, however, say ESC experts, will be needed to define the patient populations who will most benefit from behavioral interventions.
A cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program focusing on stress management appears to decrease the risk of recurrent heart attacks and other cardiovascular events in patients with heart disease, according to a report in the January 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) announced the release of “Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Always Embarrassed” in their continuing series of free e-booklets that demystify common psychological disorders. Included in this review is a link to download this 6-page, full color e-booklet in PDF format.
Teens with hard-to-treat depression who reach remission after 24 weeks of treatment are still at a significant risk for relapse, according to long-term, follow-up data from an NIMH-funded study published online ahead of print November 16, 2010, in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The long-term data reiterate the need for aggressive treatment decisions for teens with stubborn depression.
A brain scan with functional MRI (fMRI) is enough to predict which patients with pediatric anxiety disorder will respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or “talk therapy,” and so may not need to use psychiatric medication, say neuroscientists from Georgetown University Medical Center. The results of the study are being presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.