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Running in Place to Conquer Your Anxiety?

In this blog post a few days ago, John mentioned an April 2008 literature review by researchers at Boston University who wanted to explore the efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in treating anxiety. The authors of the review concluded that CBT, a short-term treatment technique, is generally effective for anxiety orders.

In a related article from the June 2008 BUforward Alumni e-newsletter, a study taking place at the University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders is discussed in more detail. Associate Professor...
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How Effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is probably the most well-known and most-practiced form of modern psychotherapy. Even therapists who don't identify themselves as a CBT therapist likely uses at least a handful of CBT techniques in their practice. And while much of CBT's popularity is centered around its use for depression and related mood disorders, it's also useful for many other disorders, including anxiety.

But to-date, there has been no systematic review of the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy in randomized placebo-controlled research trials...
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The Persistence of Memory: Are Negative Events Easier to Recall?

This brief interview with MIT neurobiologist Matt Wilson, posted on the TIME website a few days ago, is an interesting addition to a long-standing debate about memory: do people recall good or bad events more easily?

Convincing research exists for both arguments, but according to Professor Wilson it’s much easier for people to recall negative occurrences: “We think of memory as a record of our experience. But the idea is not just to store information; it's to store relevant information. [The idea is] to use...
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Forgo the Brain Training, Drugs, Vitamins & Meditation and Just Get Some Exercise

Earlier this month, PsyBlog wrote a brief summary and synopsis of the current research findings for cognitive enhancers -- you know, those things that are supposed to help us improve our minds and our memories. He looked at the commonly cited brain aids: brain training games, drugs, vitamins, medication and physical exercise.

And his conclusion isn't all that surprising if you've kept up in this area over the past few years. Physical exercise is by far the most evidence-based intervention you can engage...
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Breaking Down the Breakdown

As a mental health writer from Canada I'd be remiss if I didn't link to The Globe and Mail's feature series Breakdown: Canada's Mental Health Crisis. They present over a dozen articles and videos on stigma, workplace issues, information on some disorders, and the newspaper is also publishing many reader stories (which they are still welcoming). During the weeklong series, there are also online Q&A sessions with a handful of experts.

The series began with an interview and Q&A with Dr....
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Promising New Alzheimer’s Research Published

Which came first, the beta-amyloid plaque or the Alzheimer’s? It’s the plaque, but only one subtype, according to a new report by Harvard researchers in the online journal Nature Medicine and profiled in this TIME article from Sunday.

Physicians and researchers have long noted the presence of these plaques, made up of “sticky” beta-amyloid proteins, in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, and wondered whether there might be some connection between the plaque and the disease. To complicate things, however, beta-amyloid plaques have also been...
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Anxiety and Panic

Heather Locklear in Treatment for Depression, Anxiety

People magazine broke the story that actress Heather Locklear, 46, has checked into an Arizona treatment facility for psychological treatment of anxiety and depression.

"Heather has been dealing with anxiety and depression," Locklear's spokeswoman Cece Yorke said in a statement to Reuters. "She requested an in depth evaluation of her medication and entered into a medical facility for proper diagnosis and treatment."

Yorke also said the matter was confidential and no other statements would be released.

Locklear is probably best...
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