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Category: Research Papers

Is Mood related to serotonin…

A meta-analysis of serotonin studies, conducted at the University of Amsterdam, has shown that low serotonin does not act as a depressant because when it was lowered in healthy individuals […]

CBT efficacy for schizophrenia…

Meta-analyses examining the efficacy of psychological treatments for schizophrenia revealed a beneficial effect of CBT on positive symptoms (i.e., delusions and/or hallucinations) of schizophrenia (Gould et al., 2001; Rector & […]

Music Therapy and Music Neuroscience…

The therapeutic potential of musical activity has been evidenced by neuroscience methods in relation to effects between common areas of processing between speech, memory, attention and motor activity (Schlaug et […]

The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy?

Empirical evidence has supported the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. For instance, patients who receive psychodynamic therapy maintain therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends. Furthermore, non psychodynamic therapies may […]

Wise Words… #58

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ MAYA ANGELOU

Wise Words… #57

“A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All […]

Attachment Theory…

A link to a brief introduction to attachment theory, as well as information pertaining the Harry Harlow monkey experiments, the stages of attachment, and Konrad Lorenz’s imprinting theory: https://www.simplypsychology.org/attachment.html  

Wise Words… #52

“If I accept the fact that my relationships are here to make me conscious, instead of happy, then my relationships become a wonderful self mastery tool that keeps realigning me […]

Values Questionnaire…

1. What people do I admire or consider role models in my life? 2. What are some common qualities of the people I admire? 3. What is one value that […]

Multiple Sclerosis Report…

The below mentioned report outlines recommendations on the diagnosis, therapeutic strategies and improving access to treatment in Multiple Sclerosis. The core recommendation pertains to the goal of treating MS should be based […]

Brain Stimulation for Depressive Symptoms…

A new research study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco has found patients with moderate to severe depression reported significant improvements in mood when researchers precisely stimulated […]

Three Shades of Depression…

Researchers from the Neural Computational Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in collaboration with their colleagues at Nara Institute of Science and Technology and clinicians […]

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis…

The presented review evaluates the effects of cognitive (neuropsychological) rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis. This was done by considering the effects of rehabilitation on cognitive test performance and everyday cognitive performance […]

Discovery of new inflammatory inhibitor…

A research team from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed an anti-inflammatory drug molecule with a new mechanism of action. By inhibiting a certain protein (such as TNF alpha), the […]

Guillain-Barré Syndrome…

A guide pertaining to Guillain-Barré syndrome – an uncommon illness causing weakness and loss of sensation. The guide is intended for patients who have been told that they have, or may have Guillain-Barré […]

Multiple Sclerois …

More than 100 years have passed since Charcot, Carswell, Cruveilheir, and others described the clinical and pathological characteristics of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorder […]

Understanding Addiction…

The disease of chemical dependency can be traced to neural pathways in the brain predating a diagnosis of addiction. A genetic predisposition alone is not enough to predict addiction. Typically, […]

Can pessimism be cure?

A research team, led by MIT’s McGovern Institute research affiliates Kenichi Amemori and Satoko Amemori, has found that the primate caudate nucleus (as part of the striatum region located in […]

55% recovery from schizophrenia…

The study, conducted by the University of Oslo’s Department of Psychology, followed about 30 young people diagnosed with schizophrenia, all of whom were recruited to the study within 5 months […]

Can probiotics fend off mood disorders?

A new study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers suggests that one particular beneficial bacteria can have long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, making it more resilient to the physical […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Positive Psychology…

A 2006 paper considering; What positive psychology is? Where it has come from? And Where it is going? Link to paper: Positive psychology

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 […]

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% […]

Study finds anxiety to help with memory…

A study from the University of Waterloo investigated whether anxious individuals, who adopted an inherently negative mindset, could demonstrate a particularly salient memory bias for words tainted by negative contexts. The study […]

No Health without Mental Health…

In 2007, the World Health Organisation propositioned that there can be “no health without mental health” which has also been endorsed by the Pan American Health Organisation, the EU Council […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder…

A chapter discussing and understanding generalized anxiety disoder (GAD). In doing so, the nature of human anxiety is disorder in addtion to the development of specific interventions for GAD. It […]

Prevalence of ADHD…

The worldwide prevalence estimates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  and hyperkinetic disorder (HD) are highly diverse. Considering that the reasons for this discrepancy remain poorly understood, this study aimed to determine […]

Potentially new antidepressant treatment…

Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a potential new antidepressant and antianxiety treatment with a unique mechanism of action. The newly developed compound, known as BU10119, works in a different […]

Thriving at Work….

The Thriving at Work report (26 October 2017) sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work. […]

Schizophrenia…

The presented paper focuses on the key developments in biology, epidemiology, and pharmacology of schizophrenia and provides a syndromal framework in which these aspects can be understood together. Link to research: […]

The Placebo Effect…

A review of the literature on the two main models of the placebo effect: expectancy theory and classical conditioning. Interestingly, the reviewed literature suggests that classical conditioning procedures are one shaping factor but that […]

The PHQ-9…

Whilst considerable attention has focused on improving the detection of depression, assessment of its severity is also important in guiding treatment decisions. The PHQ-9 screens specifically for signs or symptoms […]

Grief and Bereavement…

In relation to grief and bereavement, this article covers (i) the symptoms and course of uncomplicated (normal) grief; (ii)differential diagnosis, clinical characteristics and treatment of complicated grief; (iii) differential diagnosis, clinical […]

Did You Know… #32

A review (2015) exploring the association between ethnicity, mental health problems and socioeconomic status found people from black ethnic minority backgrounds to have a higher prevalence of psychosis compared with […]

Understanding Psychosis…

Psychosis is a condition characterized by loss of contact with reality (that is not part of the person’s cultural or religious beliefs) and may involve severe disturbances in perception, cognition, […]

Understanding Addictions…

It may be difficult to understand why and how people become addicted to drugs and other substances as there are many misconceptions about how addictions work. For instance, one could mistakenly […]

Eating Disorders….

Individuals with eating disorders take such concerns to extremes, developing abnormal eating habits that threaten their well-being and even their lives. This publication by the National Instiutute of Mentalh Health […]

Schizophrenia and Medication…

Schizophrenia is considered to be a lifelong condition, requiring long-term treatment and rehabilitation and long-term use of antipsychotic medication. A new long-term study has revealed the effects of lifetime exposure to several medications […]

Study suggests Mindfulness Therapy could treat ADHD…

A pilot study suggests that mindfulness cognitive behavioural therapy could improve symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults. The eight week mindfulness cognitive behavioural therapy program combined cognitive behavioural therapy with […]

Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions of ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is described as the most common neurobehavioral condition of childhood. ADHD may not be a disease per se but rather a group of symptoms representing a […]