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ADAA Extends a Huge Thank You!
Last month ushered in a new “normal” for ADAA, our staff, and our members. While the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt practices, hospitals, and traditional health services, ADAA wants to thank our members for all the work they are doing to ensure continued access to evidence-based mental health treatments and research for our public and professional communities.
So many of our members have provided an enormous amount of resources – including blog posts, videos, news content (scroll down for a list of all new member content) and more which we have been sharing via social media and on our website through our dedicated COVID-19 page. We are also posting all content on SocialLink – our member only online community. Please continue to let us know when you are included in media pieces and if you would like to contribute a blog post, an Instagram post or graphic, or other helpful content that we can share on our website, through our social media platforms, and our e-newsletters. Email Lise Bram at email@example.com. Thank you!
ADAA is confident that together we will weather this storm. We deeply appreciate the support and collaboration of our members!
ADAA's COVID-19 Virus Resource Page
ADAA understands that for many the current coronavirus outbreak is triggering increased anxiety - especially with such heightened media attention.
In response, ADAA has created a resource page - updated daily - to provide helpful tips and strategies from our ADAA members. Please share this resource with your clients who may be struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general health anxiety concerns. The ADAA blog posts and videos contain information many need to know about the virus and helpful tips about how to mitigate against increased anxiety.
ADAA has seen tremendous website traffic (it is now our 2nd most visited website page) and media attention directed to this valuable resource. If you have blogs, webinars, podcasts, or other media articles you would like ADAA to include on our resource page, please email ADAA Deputy Director Lise Bram.
Stay up-to-date on all ADAA Coronavirus communications like this recent email sent to all members by making sure your profile information is current. Click here to log into your profile and update your information.
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services published guidance with respect to providing telehealth services and HIPPA during the COVID-19 global health crisis.
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Take note: April 2020 - Important Charitable Tax Information
The CARES Act encourages individuals to contribute to churches and charitable organizations in 2020 by relaxing some of the limitations on charitable contributions:
- Allowing a deduction of up to $300 of cash contributions, whether or not the taxpayer itemizes deductions
- Suspending the 50% limitation on individuals, increasing to 25% the 10% limitation on corporations, and increasing to 25% the 15% limitation on food inventory
|ADAA Professional Education
ADAA offers a variety of webinars for mental health professionals. Most ADAA professional webinars offer CE/CME and AWSB credits. Sign up today to make sure you don’t miss out on these educational opportunities.
Next Live Webinar:
Distinguishing Suicidal Ideation from Intrusive Self-Harm OCD
Presented by Mike Heady, MA
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Individuals suffering with intrusive self-harm OCD frequently misattribute their thoughts for genuine suicidal ideation. Well-intentioned therapists, who do not know how to differentiate genuine suicidal ideation from intrusive and unwanted obsessions, often encourage their clients to get suicide risk evaluations from local ERs. However, this behavior can steer the individual with self-harm OCD further into their disorder, increasing distress and severity of symptoms. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to assess for and differentiate intrusive, unwanted self-harm obsessions that occur in OCD from genuine suicidal ideation and planning. This differentiation is key to providing adequate treatment.
Race, Stress, and Black Mother and Infant Mortality: Emotional Health Matters
Presented by Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD and Christin Farmer Kane, BA
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Within the United States, Black maternal and infant mortality has reached alarming rates. Black mothers and infants are 2.5 times more likely to die than their white counterparts. The major contributing factor is stress, particularly stress produced by structural racism. In this webinar led by a clinical psychological scientist and community-based doula, we present an overview of the role of race-related stress in Black maternal and infant mortality. We examine the psychosocial and biological data on its impact on mothers and babies. We present evidence on how stress is viewed by various groups of expectant and post-partum Black mothers. Barriers to implement stress and anxiety interventions with this population are discussed. Finally, we present data on our culturally-relevant community-engaged partnership to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety on expectant Black mothers.
Treating Anxiety and Depression in Gender Diverse Populations
Presented by Lauren Wadsworth, PhD
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Gender diverse children, teens, and adults are becoming increasingly comfortable coming out and expressing their gender identities. As clinicians we need to meet this social change with an increase in our cultural humility and competency working with individuals who identify as gender minorities/gender diverse/rising gender identities. We must become more practiced with the vocabulary surrounding gender identity and increase our comfort discussing the social impacts of expressing a stigmatized identity. Gender diverse individuals face unique stressors, paired with increased risk for developing anxiety and depression. This webinar will discuss population specific components of anxiety and depression development (e.g. role of stigma, coming out), and will provide tangible ways to provide more accurate and affirming research, and/or more culturally informed therapy.
Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylee Clients
Presented by Rachel Singer, PhD
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
This webinar will provide an overview of strategies for integrating multiculturally competent strategies into evidence-based treatment of anxiety and depression for immigrants, refugees, and asylees. Specific tools for addressing barriers to treatment and incorporating resources will also be addressed. Discussion will focus on strategies for conceptualizing and treating clients from a systemic perspective. This training will also include case application and discussion of practical tools. Participants will have an opportunity for discussion and questions.
ON DEMAND RECORDINGS ELIGIBLE FOR CE/CME - NEW RECORDINGS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Putting the Cardi B in CBT: Using Stars, Sports, Star Wars, Superheroes, and Pop Culture to Make Therapy Accessible & Fun for Anxious Youth
Presented by Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression
Presented by Paul Holtzheimer, MD – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
Resisting Myths and Reducing Shame: Understanding the Impact of Rape Culture on the Prevalence of Sexual Assault within the African American Community
Presented by Carmel Browne, LCSW – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
State of the Science: Interventions for Anxiety in Older Adults
Presented by Julie Wetherell, PhD, ABPP – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
View a full list of all ADAA on-demand webinars.
Interested in presenting a professional webinar? Click here to download the ADAA Webinar Interest Form or contact Lise Bram (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Personal Stories of Triumph - Supporting ADAA’s Mission
ADAA regularly shares stories of triumph submitted by our public community. These stories focus on how people living with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders have struggled, coped, and triumphed.
Recently, Marci shared her story:
“It seems so unreal that, back in 2000 when I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I could ever imagine I would have found the PERFECT tool for my toolbox and my BEST medicine [...] that would help me cope with all these important mental health issues that I face. I attend therapy sessions twice a month with my therapist, but that’s not the way I cope best.”
To read Marci’s full story, or to see more Personal Stories of Triumph, please click here.
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Andrew Rosen PhD, ABPP, FAACP
“I became involved with ADAA when it was still the Phobia Society of America around 1990. I met Jerilyn Ross then and in the early 1990s we initiated a plan to have statewide chapters…in that case the Anxiety Disorders Association of Florida. This proved to not be a practical pathway and was phased out. I attended most of the annual conferences and really enjoyed the learning and the culture of the association as more and more professionals around the country developed a dedication to understanding anxiety and later mood disorders. Before the 1990 period there was little attention paid to these diagnostic entities. I have enjoyed presenting at many conferences and participating in the planning of presentations and a few of the conferences in Florida. Being an ADAA member has benefited me as a psychologist as a person and it has added to the recognition that our Center here in Florida has. Recently, I have become a Co-Chair for the Social Anxiety SIG of ADAA and look forward to continuing its development in offering education to interested members. Although we are all disappointed that our meeting in San Antonio could not be, I look forward to providing help to the many, many people who are and will be hurting from COVID and resuming at next year’s meeting.”
Dr. Andrew Rosen is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is also a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and a Diplomate and Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology (FAACP). He is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), and the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has previously served as president of both the Palm Beach County Psychological Society and the Anxiety Disorders Association of Florida. Dr. Rosen founded the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Delray Beach, Florida, where he continues to serve as Director and to work as a board-certified, licensed psychologist providing in-person and telehealth treatment options.
View his recent book HOCD: Everything You Didn’t Know – A Primer For Understanding & Overcoming Homosexual Obsessive Compulsive Disorder here.
New ADAA Member Public Webinars and Blog Posts
Transgender OCD: A New Theme Following a Familiar Pattern (professional blog post)
by Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC
Strategies for Effective Telehealth Sessions (professional blog post)
by Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP
Is Your Mask Securely Tightened? (professional blog post)
by Shane Owens, PhD, ABPP
Are You Feeling a Little Obsessive and Compulsive? (blog post)
by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT
Responding to Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities and Medical Conditions During the COVID-19 Outbreak (blog post)
by Bryan Balvaneda, M.A., Lizabeth Roemer, PhD., and Sarah Hayes-Skelton, PhD
Finding Calm in the Middle of the COVID19 Storm When You Have Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia (blog post)
by Karen Cassiday, PhD
Therapists Switch to Online Therapy Because of Coronavirus Shutdowns: How You Can Still Get the Therapy You Need (blog post)
by Michael Stein, PsyD
Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies
Ken Goodman, LCSW
Understanding Hoarding Responses to Covid-19: Where Did All the Toilet Paper Go? (blog post)
by Melanie VanDyke, PhD, Sandra Carusa, PhD, & Tara Warren, PharmD Candidate
Parents - Being "Good Enough" Right Now is OK (blog post)
by Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Coping with COVID-19 in Community (blog post)
by Lizabeth Roemer, PhD and Bryan Balvaneda, MA
Responding to Racism During the COVID-19 Outbreak (blog post)
by Bryan Balvaneda, M.A., Lizabeth Roemer, PhD., Sarah Hayes-Skelton, PhD., Amelia Yang, B.S., and Anna Ying, M.A.
Accessing Your Ability for Mindfulness in Times of Stress: Mindfulness at Your Fingertips (blog post)
by Richa Bhatia, MD, FAPA
Managing Coronavirus Anxiety: Tips and Strategies for Families (public webinar)
Featuring Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, Ken Goodman, LCSW, and David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
Managing Coronavirus Anxiety Part 3 - Expert Tips and Strategies (public webinar)
Featuring Ken Goodman, LCSW, Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, and David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
|ADAA Members in the Media — Recent Articles
Have you been quoted in a recent news article/story? Please let us know so we can share your news with your ADAA colleagues and with our public community (here, through the website and via our social media platforms).
04/05/2020 Dr. Luana Marques discusses anxiety and coronavirus on "Face the Nation"
04/04/2020 Mental health experts offer tips on contending with coronavirus, SMDailyJournal.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/04/2020 Is social isolation getting to you? Here’s how to know — and what experts say to do, WashingtonPost.com, Shane Owens, PhD, ABPP
04/03/2020 IV Esketamine, Ketamine Equally Effective for Resistant Depression, Medscape.com. (The findings were scheduled to be presented this month at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference 2020, along with publication in the Journal of Affective Disorders. However, the ADAA conference was cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
04/03/2020 Pandemic anxiety is making us sleepless, forgetful and angry. Here are tips for coping, WashingtonPost.com, written by Jelena Kecmanovic, PhD. Jill Stoddard, PhD is quoted.
04/03/2020 7 Healthy Ways to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety, According to Psychologists, GoodHoueskeeping.com, Autumn Kujawa, PhD
04/02/2020 If Exercise Causes Panic Attacks For You, A Therapist & A Personal Trainer Explain How To Cope, Bustle.com, Kevin Chapman, PhD
04/02/2020 Be Mindful of Your Mental Health During Social Distancing, AuburnExaminer.com, Eli Lebowitz, PhD
04/02/2020 New treatment for childhood anxiety works by changing parent behavior, EurakaAlert.org, Eli Lebowitz, PhD
3/31/2020 Mindfulness Interventions Linked to Cognitive Benefit, Medscape.com, (ADAA member) Nur Hani Zainal, MS. (The findings were scheduled to be presented this month at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference 2020, along with publication in the Journal of Affective Disorders. However, the ADAA conference was cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
03/31/2020 Dr. Chris Speaks with Dr. Laura Rhodes-Levin on How to Be Full of Care, Not Full of Fear, Radio.com, Laura Rhodes-Levin, MS, LMFT
03/31/2020 AHA offers tips to cope with anxiety, stress, American Heart Foundation (AHA).org, Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA
03/31/2020 What To Do If You're Worried About Your Grandparents And Coronavirus, HuffingtonPost.com, Shane Owens, PhD, ABPP
03/31/2020 Mindfulness Interventions Linked to Cognitive Benefit, Medscape.com, Nur Hani Zainal, MS
03/30/2020 Where Has All the Toilet Paper Gone? WUSA9.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/27/2020 Teens are discovering a cure for coronavirus anxiety: Walks. No phones allowed., WashingtonPost.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/27/2020 Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes, TheConversation.com, Arash Javanbakht, MD
03/26/2020 The Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Causing an Anxiety Pandemic, Time.com, Patrick McGrath, PhD
03/26/2020 If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed, Here’s a Science-Backed Way to Take Control, ElementalMedium.com, Simon Rego, PsyD
03/25/2020 New York enlists more than 6,000 therapists to man free mental health care hotline amid coronavirus lockdown that's left millions in the state isolated and anxious, DailyMail.co.uk, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/25/2020 I have clinical anxiety. If the coronavirus scares you, this might help. BostonGlobe.com, Luana Marques, PhD
03/25/2020 Experts say kids' social skills 'aren't going to fall apart' during a short-term coronavirus lockdown, but it's unclear what might happen after that, Insider.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge,EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
03/25/2020 They Already Had an Anxiety Disorder. Now Comes a Pandemic, NYTimes.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/25/2020 Experts say kids' social skills 'aren't going to fall apart' during a short-term coronavirus lockdown, but it's unclear what might happen after that, Insider.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/25/2020 The Kids are Home. You Need to Work. What do you Do?, Wall Street Journal.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/25/2020 Is My Chest Tightness Anxiety or the Coronavirus?, TheCut.com, Beth Salcedo, MD
03/25/2020 How to Manage Stress Eating (or Not Eating), NYTimes.com, Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA
03/25/2020 Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety, TheGuardian.com, Instagram video with Luana Marques, PhD
03/23/2020 Use These CBT and DBT-Based Strategies for Coping With Anxiety When You Don't Know What the Future Holds, Parade.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge,EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
03/23/2020 How to Stay Sane When the World Seems Crazy, NYTimes.com, David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
03/23/220 Tips for handling work and kids during COVID-19 isolation, LiveScience.com, Eli Lebowitz, PhD
03/23/2020 Social Distancing: Tips to Navigate the New Normal, Baylor College of Medicine.com,
Eric Storch, PhD
03/22/2020 What's Scarier Than the Coronavirus? ScientificAmerican.com, David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
03/20/2020 How Do You Help An Anxious Kid Right Now? Tips For Talking About Coronavirus, WLNR.org, Jill Ehrenreich-May, PhD
03/20/2020 Coronavirus News on Social Media Stressing You Out? Here's How to Handle the Anxiety, MedicalExpress.com, Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA
03/20/2020 8 Tips to Manage Your Coronavirus and Social Distancing Anxiety, According to an Expert, MentalFloss.com, David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
03/20/2020 8 Ways to Relieve Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety, According to Psychologists, Countryliving.com, David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP and Beth Salcedo, MD
03/20/2020 NPR: Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety, NPR.org, Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP
03/20/2020 Coronavirus is a 'personal nightmare' for people with OCD and anxiety disorders, NBCNews.com, Reid Wilson, PhD
03/20/2020 Are We Focusing on the Wrong Things in Combating the Coronavirus?, Creators.com, Mary
03/19/2020 Why Telling a Child “Don’t Worry, Everything is Fine” Is Likely to Backfire, InKansasCity.com,
Ashley Smith, PhD
03/19/2020 Living with obsessive-compulsive disorder during the coronavirus pandemic, NBCNews.com, Reid Wilson, PhD
03/19/2020 Coronavirus: A therapist offers 6 tips for managing anxiety, self-isolation, YahooLifestyle.com, Laura Rhodes-Levin LMFT
03/19/2020 How to keep your sanity during the coronavirus pandemic, WashingtonTimes.com, Mary
03/19/2020 Coronavirus outbreak: How therapists stay connected to anxious, isolated clients during an uneasy time, Yahoo.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
03/19/2020 It’s Normal To Feel Anxious About COVID-19. Here’s How To Cope, WSHU.org, Eli Lebowitz, PhD
03/19/2020 How to Survive Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19, PsychologyToday.com, Arash Javanbakht MD
03/19/2020 19 Free Livestream Workouts & At-Home Workout App Trials, Bustle.com, Kevin Chapman, PhD
03/18/2020 How to Deal With Suddenly Spending 24/7 With Your Partner and Family, GoodHousekeeping.com, Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP
03/18/2020 Self-Care Tips For Self-Isolation During Coronavirus Pandemic, HuffingtonPost.com, Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP
03/13/2020 Laura Rhodes-Levin LMFT joins KTLA News Special Report on Coronavirus
03/13/2020 Laura Rhodes-Levin Discusses Coronavirus Anxiety on KTLA
ADAA Member News & Publications
Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry (The Instant Help Solutions Series) Paperback – April 1, 2020
by Debra Kissen PhD, Ashley D. Kendall PhD, Michelle Lozano LMFT, Micah Ioffe PhD
Have you published a new book for consumers or professionals? Please let us know so we can highlight your new publication here and on the ADAA website.
ADAA is also interested in highlighting our members' research. Please send us your recent research news for us to post and share.
|Depression and Anxiety Journal News
Volume 37, Issue 3
FOCUS ON: Promoting Resilience and Preventing Suicide
A pragmatic clinical trial examining the impact of a resilience program on college student mental health
Elisabeth Akeman, Namik Kirlic (ADAA member), Ashley N. Clausen (ADAA member), Kelly T. Cosgrove, Timothy J. McDermott (ADAA member), Lisa D. Cromer, Martin P. Paulus (ADAA member), Hung‐Wen Yeh, Robin L. Aupperle (ADAA member)
Ketamine for acute suicidal ideation. An emergency department intervention: A randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, proof‐of‐concept trial
Yoav Domany, Richard C. Shelton, Cheryl B. McCullumsmith
Associations between clinicians' emotional responses, therapeutic alliance, and patient suicidal ideation
Shira Barzilay, Allison Schuck, Sarah Bloch‐Elkouby (ADAA member), Zimri S. Yaseen, Mariah Hawes, Paul Rosenfield, Adriana Foster, Igor Galynker (ADAA member)
Depression and Anxiety, the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, is available online at no charge to ADAA members. The journal welcomes original research and synthetic review articles covering neurobiology (genetics and neuroimaging), epidemiology, experimental psychopathology, and treatment (psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic) aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, and related phenomena in humans. A priority is placed on papers focusing on treatment, as well as those providing cutting-edge reviews of key areas and issues, in order to enhance the clinical evaluation and care of individuals struggling with the effects of these disorders. All submissions are peer-reviewed; there is no handling or publishing fee.
Per the ISI Journal Citation Reports Rankings for 2017, the Depression and Anxiety impact factor is 5.043. The journal ranks 19 of 142 in psychiatry journals; 8 of 77 in psychology journals; 5 of 121 for psychology clinical journals, and 15 of 139 for psychiatry social science journals. Google Scholar psychiatry journal ranking (spring 2017) ranked Depression and Anxiety #19 of 20.
Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH - Editor-in-Chief
Meet the Journal Editorial Board
Interested in submitting an article? View the Depression and Anxiety Submissions Guidelines.
HealthUnlocked Offers New COVID-19 Focused Peer-to-Peer Online Group
Last week, ADAA’s partner HealthUnlocked launched a new community to encourage positive engagement for members who are currently in isolation due to Coronavirus.
In only a few days this community grew to over 3.000 people who are incredibly supportive of each other, tackling social isolation, and helping to lift the support burden currently facing the NHS.
The community is open for everyone now and is proving especially useful for those who have existing underlying health issues, as it connects with 600 other condition-specific communities and enables a highly personalized engagement with over 300 chronic conditions.
Please share with your clients and networks.
American Psychological Foundation Grant Opportunity: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant
In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Foundation is allocating funding to support psychological research that will provide insights that will help psychologists to work with individuals, families, and groups who are struggling to cope during these challenging times. Two grants of up to $20,000 will be available.
For more information about eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and proposal requirements click here. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020.
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| || RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS|
As hospitals strain to keep up with an influx of coronavirus patients, some mental health providers report an increase in people seeking mental health treatment, as Americans report feeling anxious about the pandemic and its ramifications.
Roge Karma writes, "I never had serious problems with my mental health before the coronavirus hit. But over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself struggling: the constant sinking feeling in my stomach, difficulty falling asleep at night, crippling mental and physical fatigue out of nowhere. I had heard all of these symptoms described to me by depressed and anxious friends before, but this is the first time in my life I’ve truly felt them for extended periods of time. And I’m not the only one. Usage of mental health apps and chatbots has gone up in recent weeks, as have mental health-related social media posts — and dozens of friends and colleagues have relayed similar experiences."
Greater Good Magazine
Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. Fears and questions about the future can keep us up at night, distract us during the day, and make it hard to find the motivation and energy to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
But anxiety can also be useful, explains UC Berkeley professor Sonia Bishop. Negative emotions like fear are a natural response to what’s going on in our environment. The key is to channel those emotions to help us act appropriately, rather than getting stuck in cycles of rumination.
Below, Bishop talked to Berkeley News about how to manage anxiety amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and achieve a measure of peace and quality of life in the coming weeks and months.
Cell Press via ScienceDaily
Before they were banned about a half century ago, psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin showed promise for treating conditions including alcoholism and some psychiatric disorders. In a commentary publishing April 2 in the journal Cell, part of a special issue on medicine, researchers say it's time for regulators, scientists, and the public to "revisit drugs that were once used but fell out of use because of political machinations, especially the war on drugs."
Medical University of Vienna via Medical Xpress
The neurobiology of schizophrenia is not yet insufficiently understood. Recent findings from a study conducted at the MedUni Vienna provide new insight into the mechanisms of this disorder. The results of the study conducted at MedUni Vienna have recently been published in the journal Translational Psychiatry.
In 2013, DSM-5 separated OCD from anxiety disorders by creating a distinct category of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. While the diagnostic criteria spell out differences between the categories, phenotypically, the presentations of OCD and anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder and specific phobias, can appear very similar. Two helpful considerations when determining whether recurrent thoughts are obsessions as defined within the framework of OCD are the source of the threat and the nature of the thoughts as well as presence or absence of compulsive behaviors.
Physical activities, particularly bouldering psychotherapy, may reduce depressive symptoms, according to a new report published in BMC Psychiatry. Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of manualized bouldering psychotherapy as an intervention for the treatment of depression compared to performing physical exercise. Bouldering generally involves climbing to a moderate height without ropes or harnesses.
Animal studies have shown that infrared photobiomodulation may reduce the size and severity of brain injury and stroke, as well as diminish damage and physiological symptoms in depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Michael Hamblin, PhD, from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a leader in the field, describes PBM as “the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying.”
Telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy, or T-CBT, reduced depressive symptoms among patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to results of a randomized controlled trial published in Neurology.
People who report high levels of stress throughout life are more likely to report impulsivity and depressed mood if they also have an underlying sleep disorder, a study in Psychiatry Investigation suggests.
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