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Archive for July, 2007

Researchers Seek To Reverse Alzheimer’s

July 25th, 2007
Elderly manScottish biologists report they have developed man-made compounds capable of blocking nerve cell interactions known to lead to the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers believe this finding shows that it may be possible to reverse ...

Motivational Counseling Aids College Alcohol and Substance Abusers

July 25th, 2007
The college years are often a time of experimentation and rebellion. Students who break university rules on alcohol and drug use in residence halls are often fined, expelled or sent to counseling or educational programs. A new Rutgers University study finds that ...

A Fast Acting Antidepressant

July 25th, 2007
A glaring shortfall of current antidepressant medications involves the need to take a drug for a particular length of time (often a month or more) before the effectiveness of the medication can be ascertained. During the long wait to begin feeling the ...

Telephone Counseling Helps Problem Drinkers

July 25th, 2007
Men drinkingNew research suggests that phone counseling with a professional may help those who have problems with alcohol and help them cut back on their drinking. After just six telephone-based sessions, people who participated in the study were ...

Albert Ellis, Dead at 93

July 24th, 2007
Albert EllisAlbert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), died today at the age of 93, of apparent kidney and heart failure. The approach to psychotherapy Ellis pioneered helped change the very nature of therapy from ...

New Genetic Model for Autism

July 24th, 2007
Autism is a chronic brain development disorder that shows symptoms before a child is three years old. The condition has a steady course with no remission and is characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, as well as restricted and repetitive ...

Early Behavior Critical for Teen Mental Health

July 24th, 2007
Kids PlayingBehavioral problems in grade school can initiate an environment of peer rejection and loneliness that leads to early adolescent depression. The research findings from the Universities of Montreal and Oslo are published in the July/August 2007 issue ...

Recognize Double Depression

July 24th, 2007
Depressed WomanDouble depression is a condition that occurs when an individual suffering from mild depression falls into a major depressive state. New research identifies hopelessness as a key feature of double depression. Thomas Joiner, Florida State University Distinguished ...

Group Therapy Helps Women with Breast Cancer

July 23rd, 2007
Breast ExamWhile not extending their lives, most women with breast cancer who underwent group psychotherapy improved the quality of their lives -- reporting less pain, distress and anxiety. The new research also found that group therapy prolonged ...

The Peer Group Influence

July 23rd, 2007
thepeergroupinfluence.jpgFriends influence behavior for adults and for developing teenagers. Many parents fear that their child will end up with friends that exhibit behaviors contrary to what they would like for their adolescent to model. But are they right? In ...
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