The Science of Cognitive Therapy…

A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the concept that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. Cognitive therapy (CT) focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving. This article describes the scientific approach of CT, reviewS the efficacy and validity... Continue Reading →

Antidepressant usage related to troubles in identifying feelings…

Individuals on antidepressant medication tend to report experiencing diminished emotional awareness, a condition known as alexithymia, according to a preliminary study. The researchers compared fifty-seven individuals on antidepressant medication (namely fluoxetine, sertraline, escitalopram, venlafaxine, paroxetine, citalopram, amitriptyline, clomipramine, and mirtazapine) to a control group of 441 individuals not on antidepressants medication. Compared to the controls, those on... Continue Reading →

Cognitive dysfunction predictors of depression after first-episode…

Recent research suggests patients suffering from depression should also receive cognitive testing as cognitive impairments were associated with the severity of depressive symptoms. The study found that impairments in executive functioning and language ability in particular predicted the severity of depressive symptoms after 12 months. Link to research: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924977X18300427

Personality changes linked to unemployment…

Unemployment may change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In the study (link below), researchers at the University of Stirling gave 6,769 German adults personality tests that gauged the "Big Five" personality traits - conscientiousness, neuroticism,... Continue Reading →

Art courses for mental wellbeing improvement…

Researchers from the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant improvement in overall wellbeing, including in those with very complex care needs. 'Social prescribing', or the provision of non-medical interventions in primary care settings, has been on... Continue Reading →

Did You Know… #44

Approximately one-fifth of adult patients with MDD were treated with an antipsychotic medication between 2006 and 2015. The rate of prescribing an antipsychotic medication to treat MDD increased from 18.5% in 2006-2007 to 24.9% in 2008-2009. This increase was then followed by a decline in the prescribing rate of antipsychotics in 2014-2015 (18.9%). Reference: Rhee,... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Status and Gender as risk factors for onset of physical illness over 10 years…

There is a growing interest in understanding the connection between mental illness and the onset of new physical illnesses (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, hypertension and diabetes) among previously physically healthy individuals. Yet the role of gender is often forgotten in research focused on comorbidity of health problems. The study examined gender differences in the onset of physical... Continue Reading →

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