Psychotherapy News

Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

September 16th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may be attempting to manage negative moods by using the drug. Researchers say users may feel better temporarily, but then they tend to feel worse. Also, using marijuana as a ...

Mindfulness Can Help Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

September 15th, 2014
The first study to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and health suggests adults who are mindful in the moment have better health. The finding is important as adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health. Researchers ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

September 13th, 2014
Smokers who had previously experienced many failed attempts to quit the habit were finally able to do so after two or three doses of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- during a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. The study ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...

Little Seminary Training to Counsel Mental Illness

September 9th, 2014
Clergy is often the first line of support for people struggling with mental illness. But new research finds that seminaries do very little to train ministers on how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or ...

Stigma Still Major Barrier to Mental Health Care

September 7th, 2014
A new report notes that more than 40 percent of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care, while many who begin treatment fail to complete it. A main factor is the stigma attached to mental illness, according to researchers. “The prejudice ...

Parental Sleep Aids for School Kids

September 5th, 2014
Now that school has resumed for most school-aged children, parents face the challenge of overcoming summer sleep habits. Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to such kids, say researchers. Nearly three out of four children (72 ...

Robots May Help Autistic Kids Learn Life Skills

September 1st, 2014
A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found that humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills and improve social behaviors. According to researchers, the robots help children learn by imitating behavior and by providing ...

No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

August 28th, 2014
Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents how to ...