be-mindful

Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers mindfulness vs. talk therapy, the physical and mental pros and cons of “frenemies,” the controversial “controlled drinking” treatment for problem drinking, and more.

Mindfulness May Rival Talk Therapy For A Variety Of Mental Health Issues: While cognitive behavioral therapy (also known as “talk therapy”) generally is thought of as the gold standard for helping treat a multitude of mental health issues, a recent eight-week study involving group mindfulness reports mindfulness can be similarly effective.

America‚Äôs First Addiction Crisis Had Some Striking Parallels To Today: From doctors over prescribing pain medication to different attitudes toward different addictions (i.e. those who were “well off” vs. those who were “poor”), America has already seen her addiction crisis once.

‘Frenemies’ — How Ambivalent Relationships Spur Both Stress and Productivity on the Job: Research has shown that “frenemies” (those people in your life who are neither friends or enemies…they’re somewhere in between) can be linked to high blood pressure, elevated stress, and even more rapid aging, BUT ALSO can be linked to greater creativity and productivity, possibly due to fueling a competitive spark.

Colorado Closer to Allow Medical Pot for PTSD: Yes, marijuana is legal in Colorado, but not everyone has legal access. People younger than 21, for example, and veterans suffering from PTSD, need doctor recommendations to legally use marijuana as a medical treatment. However, last Thursday (4/20 — and yes, they chose that date for a reason), the state House passed a bill placing PTSD on the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. The bill already passed in the Senate.

Getting Treatment for Problem Drinking — Without Giving Up Alcohol: It’s called “harm reduction” or “controlled drinking” and growing research indicates it can be done.

Most Children With Anxiety Relapse Regardless of Treatment: At the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference 2017, Dr. Golda Ginsburg of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine presented long-term data showing a majority of children who’ve been treated for anxiety with psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both experience a relapse and have chronic anxiety after a five-year followup.