Psychotherapy News

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 ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

Being Protective Not Always Best for Anxious Kids

August 26th, 2014
Parents naturally want the best for their children but sometimes their attempts to improve a situation may lead to unintended consequences. According to Arizona State University (ASU) researchers, when parents attempt to reduce childhood anxiety, a ‘protection trap’ may result that actually reinforces ...

Specialized Psychotherapy Shown to Help Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

August 25th, 2014
New research from Wayne State and Duke universities suggests a non-pharmaceutical approach can help individuals cope with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a serious autoimmune disease that affects one to two percent of adults, a painful condition that can cause disability and joint ...

Meds + Therapy = Best for Severe, Non-Chronic Depression

August 22nd, 2014
A major new clinical trial has found that the best method to treat severe, non-chronic depression is a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than antidepressants alone. However, researchers discovered a person with chronic or less severe depression does not receive ...

Schizophrenia Hinders Assessing Effort Needed for Task

August 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the reason individuals with schizophrenia have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves is that they have difficulty assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. The study by San Francisco State researchers is discussed in ...