Psychotherapy News

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Physician Training Program Improves Care for Depression

July 21st, 2014
A new performance improvement initiative for physicians has been found to significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression. In a new study, Dr. Michael E. Thase of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and colleagues ...

CBT in Grade School Can Lower Kids’ Anxiety

July 20th, 2014
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety levels in schoolchildren ages nine to 10 years old, according to new research from Oxford University. Researchers believe that this therapy would benefit all children, regardless of their anxiety levels. The project involved ...

Persistent Sleep Problems after Divorce Need Attention

July 18th, 2014
University of Arizona researchers have discovered that prolonged sleep problems after a divorce may be associated with hypertension. Experts cite a growing body of research that links divorce to significant negative health effects and even early death, yet few studies have looked at ...

Exercise, Relaxation Can Reduce Social Anxiety

July 18th, 2014
Researchers from Queen’s University have found that exercise and relaxation practices can help people with social anxiety disorders view the world more positively. Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate, discovered exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can literally change the way people perceive the ...

Body-Based Rejection Fears Can Diminish Quality of Life

July 16th, 2014
A recent study discovered the fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, and anxiety or worries on being rejected in interpersonal situations, can lead to diminished quality of life and poorer mental and overall health. These fears, referred to as personal rejection ...

Expressive Therapy Helps Women with HIV Avoid Isolation

July 14th, 2014
Emerging research suggest a group intervention technique can help women living with HIV disclose their health status and improve their social support. In turn, women gain self-efficacy and improve the safety and quality of their relationships. "Medication alone is totally insufficient," said the study's ...

Text Messages After ER Visit Can Reduce Binge Drinking

July 14th, 2014
A visit to the emergency room can end up a teachable moment when a tailored follow-up mobile text message is delivered the next day. Researchers discover young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more ...

Imaging Shows Bipolar Link to Risk-taking

July 10th, 2014
Emerging research shows that brain circuits associated with pursuing and savoring rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorders. University of Manchester researchers believe this explains why individuals with bipolar disorder often engage in risky behavior. Researchers used brain imaging techniques ...

CBT Can Help Reduce Seizures In Conversion Disorder

July 4th, 2014
Cognitive-behavioral therapy appears to help reduce seizures among individuals with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), a conversion disorder affecting over 400,000 Americans. The study, led by W. Curt LaFrance Jr., M.D., M.P.H., director of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, is published ...