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Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts with Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
Reid Wilson, Ph.D., sums up the fundamentals of tackling the most common condition confronting psychotherapists. In this lively new video, combining a live presentation with an accompanying case demonstration, he illustrates the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist in exposure therapy.
Healthy People 2020 Monthly Bulletin: Mental Health
Department of Health & Human Services
This Healthy People 2020 Monthly bulletin features Mental Health indicators. The bulletin includes the most recent data points for "suicides" and "adolescents who experience major depressive episodes," and describes the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Improving Access to Mental Health Treatment, which is using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services State Innovation Model grant to advance the integration of behavioral health and primary care for children.
Blog post: Spotlight on suicide prevention resources
In honor of the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, this SAMHSA blog post highlights the Lifeline and other resources available to individuals, family members, healthcare providers and employers to help prevent suicide.
Healthcare for Veterans: Suicide Prevention
Department of Veterans Affairs
This report focuses on suicide prevention activities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VHA's approach to suicide prevention is
based on a public health framework, which has three major components: (1) surveillance, (2) risk and protective factors and (3) interventions.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Blueberries may help PTSD patients overcome trauma flashbacks
Blueberries' potential powers have been in the spotlight the last 20 years, as studies are increasingly showing the superfood's health benefits are bountiful in the human diet. Researchers took a closer look into the possibilities a blueberry could provide, and found the same kind of beneficiary increase as prescription drugs available for post-traumatic stress disorder on the market today.
Mindfulness meditation can reduce pain, anxiety in healthy individuals
The Medical News
When Rebecca Erwin was a varsity rower at the University of North Carolina, the coach had the team's members take a yoga and meditation class. It had an impact. "My teammates and I noticed that yoga and meditation improved our flexibility and focus, but also made us feel better, not just when we were rowing but in our everyday lives," she recalled. "I wondered if yoga and meditation really have scientific benefits, especially if they have specific effects on the brain, and if so, how that works."
Soldiers can fight off PTSD with more, better sleep
Los Angeles Daily News
Improving the quality and quantity of sleep for members of the U.S. armed forces following deployment could help reduce health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a Rand Corp. study. The researchers at the Santa Monica-based think tank also found that a lack of consistent and transparent sleep-related policies may impede efforts to promote sleep health among service members.
Study questions use of antidepressants to treat anxiety disorders
Boston Public Radio
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry raises serious questions about the increasingly common use of second-generation antidepressant drugs to treat anxiety disorders. Although the practice is becoming increasingly common, researchers worry that the value of the drugs for anxiety may have been overestimated as a result of publication bias. Publication bias occurs when only studies that show beneficial effects of the intervention are published.
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Major depression lower among African-American women in rural areas
Medical News Today
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting around 6.7 percent of adults in any given year. In a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers find that prevalence of major depression and mood disorder may be influenced by a woman's race/ethnicity and whether they live in urban or rural areas.
Study: College athletes often become depressed just days after concussion
The Huffington Post
When people talk about the relationship between football and concussions, the consequences always seem far off in the distant future. We think not of not the immediate effects for a player who just received a blow to the head, but of the cognitive issues of former NFL players who retired long ago. But a new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training finds that concussions can affect the mood of the human mind within just a number of days, and they often do.
Unrelated memories artificially linked for 1st time
Medical News Today
Researchers from Japan have for the first time found a way to create an artificial link between memories that are unrelated — a discovery that could lead to new treatment strategies for people with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric conditions. The study, published in Cell Reports, describes how the investigators were able to genetically modify certain brain cell populations in mice, causing them to associate a memory of a foot shock with a memory of exploring a safe environment, even though the two memories were not linked.
Veteran writes book to explain PTSD to his daughter
As he pulls up her colorful blankets and tucks his daughter Raegan in for bed, Retired Army 1st Sgt. Seth Kastle knows that tonight "bedtime" will be a little different. Tonight, Seth will read his daughters "Why Is Dad So Mad?" — a book he wrote about himself. Kastle served for 16 years in the Army Reserve, and was deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq. When he returned home to his wife and kids in Wakeeney, Kansas, he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and had a hard time explaining it to his kids.
Specific trauma types linked to late-life suicidal thoughts
Receiving a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness may be a significant determinant of suicidal ideation in older adults, new research suggests. A nationally representative study of more than 3,000 adults aged 55 years or older showed that those who had a traumatic accident/illness were three times more likely to also have suicidal ideation than those who did not experience that type of trauma.
Treatments for social anxiety disorder: Considerations regarding psychodynamic therapy findings
The American Journal of Psychiatry
Scientists use special MRI to predict pain, PTSD after whiplash injury
The Medical News
While most people should expect to fully recover from whiplash injuries within the first few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability that lasts many months or years. Using special MRI imaging, Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified, within the first one and two weeks of the injury, which patients will go on to develop chronic pain, disability and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Depression and insomnia could lead to more frequent nightmares
Medical News Today
Symptoms of depression and insomnia are the strongest predictors of frequent nightmares, according to the findings of a new study. The study, published in Sleep, aimed to both test whether factors previously associated with frequent nightmares could be reproduced in a large population sample and to examine whether any previously unreported associations exist.
Scientists find link between heavy Facebook use and depressive symptoms
Medical News Today
Nearly 900 million people use Facebook every day. One reason is to stay connected with friends. But some users who spend a lot of time on Facebook may find they are spending less time connecting and more time comparing. Now a new study finds that this type of social comparison — coupled with heavy use of Facebook — is linked to depressive symptoms.
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