Psychotherapy News

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...

Meditation, Support Groups Shown to Impact Cell Biology in Cancer Survivors

November 4th, 2014
Canadian researchers say they have proof that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. Investigators from the Alberta Health Services' Tom Baker Cancer Centre discovered that telomeres ...

Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

October 24th, 2014
A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those ...

Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms among college students following animal-assisted therapy. The study by investigators at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design is published in the Journal of Creativity ...

Study Looks at Way to Reduce Youth Suicides

October 17th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that early detection of mental health issues and better exchange of health information can reduce youth suicides. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University studied 67 suicide completers ages 25 and under and matched ...

Good Luck Finding a Shrink

October 16th, 2014
A new study finds that scheduling an appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist is a grim challenge -- even those with private insurance or willing to pay cash have poor odds of actually seeing one. Harvard researchers attempted to access private outpatient psychiatric care ...

Family Support Helps Gay, Bisexual Youth Succeed

October 9th, 2014
A “modern family” setting in which gay and bisexual youth receive the blessing and love of family members can help kids avoid unhealthy behaviors. Rutgers investigators found that gay and bisexual youth who are supported by their family and feel comfortable talking to ...

Mini-Stroke May Lead to PTSD

October 4th, 2014
Nearly one-third of patients who suffer a mini-stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those with PTSD were also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and lower quality of life, according to researchers at ...

Boys Who Don’t Feel Accepted at Greater Risk of Self-Harm

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests that when boys feel they are not accepted by peers or family they are at high risk for committing future harm or suicide. Brown University researchers studied 99 teens hospitalized out of concern for suicide risk and found that a ...