Psychotherapy News

Full-Court Press Aims to Tame Mean Teen Girls

October 2nd, 2014
Relational aggression by adolescent girls can include gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion, and rejection. Recent media coverage of this behavior -- sometimes known as “mean girl” bullying -- has shown that this form of aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. University of Missouri researchers ...

Substance Abuse Treatment Cuts Violence Risk In Severely Mentally Ill

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests treating the substance abuse problems of those with severe mental illness can reduce their risk of future violence. Severe mental illness is often accompanied by substance abuse. In these cases, it is often difficult to determine if interventions should focus ...

Family-Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

September 28th, 2014
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia ...

Perfectionism Linked to Suicide

September 26th, 2014
New research suggests perfectionism may be a bigger risk factor in suicide than experts had previously imagined. Researchers from York University in Canada believe clinical guidelines should include perfectionism as a separate factor for suicide risk assessment and intervention. “There is an urgent need for ...

Just 1 in 4 ADHD Kids Gets Drugs Plus Psychotherapy

September 23rd, 2014
A new independent study finds that at best, only one-quarter of children treated with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also receive psychotherapy. RAND Corporation researchers reviewed utilization patterns among children with commercial insurance and discovered psychotherapy intervention is far lower in many parts of the ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...

Survey Finds Promise in Yoga for Bipolar Disorder

September 18th, 2014
A new survey takes the first steps toward assessing the value of yoga for people with bipolar disorder (BD). As reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice,  the survey finds generally positive results, with a few exceptions. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga ...

Blood Tests Can ID Depression, Predict Best Therapy Approach

September 18th, 2014
For years, researchers have been trying to find a reliable "biomarker" for diagnosing depression. That quest may now be a reality, with the development of a blood test that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression -- and who may benefit from a ...

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 ...