Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sense of Purpose Reduces Negative Effects of Social Media Use

New research shows that having a strong sense of personal meaning and purpose can reduce the negative effects of social media use.

How Feedback Can Improve Psychotherapy Treatment

Researcher examines the impact of client feedback and progress assessment on improvement in outcomes.

A Suicide Therapist’s Secret Past

In this piece for The New York Times, suicidologist and psychotherapist Stacey Freedenthal tells her story of having struggled with suicidality and discusses the importance...

Music Therapy Interventions Reduce Depression Symptoms in Dementia

Therapists can use music to meet the emotional and social needs of individuals with dementia.

Mental Health is Different for People of Color in These 3 Ways

In this piece for Rest for Resistance, Dom Chatterjee discusses the white-centricism of mental health as well as the specific ways that the mental health system...

Psychology vs. Psychiatry – What Can Happen if the System Fails

From Vox Gibraltar: Many people confuse psychology with psychiatry. Too often, general practitioners recommend psychiatric treatment when psychological treatment or therapy could be just as effective without resulting...

Study Highlights Importance of Social Interactions in Psychosis Recovery

Study finds frequency of social interactions predicts long-term remission in first-episode psychosis.

The Moment the Narrative Changed?

From The British Psychological Society: BBC Horizon's recent documentary "Why Did I Go Mad?" has been monumental in changing the biomedical paradigm of mental illness....

Four-Part Series on Drug Abuse, Trauma, and How to Heal It

In this four-part series on drug abuse and trauma, Parents Opposed to Pot provides an overview of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, how they persist, and...

Mental Health Awareness Month: Seven Things to be Aware of

In this piece for Truthout, Noel Hunter lists seven facts it is important to be cognizant of during Mental Health Awareness Month, from the influence...

Stop Chasing the Drug, Focus on ACEs

From ACEs Connection: According to Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee, addiction is a normal response to...

Childhood Adversity May Increase Risk of Suicide

Swedish study suggests experiencing adversity in childhood is linked to dying by suicide as an adolescent or young adult.

Providing Trauma Informed Brief Counseling to College Students

Recommendations on how to provide trauma-informed, short-term counseling to college students who have experienced sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

New Findings Suggest Masculinity is a Risk Factor for Suicidal Thinking

Men who report being self-reliant may be at greater risk of suicidal thinking.

Is Mental Illness Real?

From The Guardian: Conceptualizing emotional distress or suffering as the result of a biological, genetic illness may be stigmatizing and inaccurate, and may lead to...

Researchers Make a Case for a “Theory of Nothing” in Psychology

What meaning do psychological constructs really hold, and how are they operationalized and statistically modeled within psychology research?

Danish Study Finds Better 10-year Outcomes in Patients Off Antipsychotics

Study finds that 74% of patients with a psychotic disorder off antipsychotics at end of 10 years are in remission.

An Experimental Approach to Psychosocial Interventions

In this message from the Director of the NIMH, Dr. Joshua Gordon announces an increased focus on psychosocial interventions for treating mental health conditions. "From...

Continuity of Social Groups Helps Prevent Postpartum Depression

Mothers’ loss of group membership impacts their social identity and linked to postpartum depression.

Why Freud Still Isn’t Dead

From Scientific American: Psychoanalysis persists as an important form of mental health treatment despite decades of relentless criticism and the rise of both psychopharmacology and cognitive...

Have we Overestimated the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy?

From The British Psychological Society: A recent meta-analysis has raised concerns about the validity of previous studies on the effectiveness of psychotherapy, calling their methodology and...

Professionals Push Back on Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual, Propose Alternatives

Criticisms of the DSM-5 spark alternative proposals and calls to reform diagnostic systems in the mental health field.

Psychoanalysts Fight to Make Their Profession Relevant

From STAT: Psychoanalysts are working to reinvigorate their profession and shift the public's perception of their field. The American Psychoanalytic Association and other organizations have developed...

What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know

From The Atlantic: Using data and analytics to measure the effectiveness of psychotherapy for individual clients can engender openness in the therapist-client relationship and improve mental...

Patients More Likely to Refuse Drug-Only Treatment, Study Finds

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published a study finding that patients assigned to drug-only treatments were more likely to refuse treatment, and more likely to drop out before treatment completion, than patients assigned to psychotherapy only.

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