Tips for Reducing No-Shows

Tips for Reducing No-Shows

The online psychiatric news service PsychiatricTimes.com posted “6 Ways to Reduce No-Shows (and Save Lives) on 7-20-17.  This brief article discusses the problems, well-known to you I am sure, of no-shows, including potential risk of a bad outcome (including suicide).  It goes on to provide some tips about how to reduce no-shows, most of which could be useful to non-psychiatrists.

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Study Identifies Important OCD Treatment Factor:  “Willingness”

Study Identifies Important OCD Treatment Factor: “Willingness”

“Willingness Predictor of Change in OCD Therapy,” published online by Clinical Psychiatry News on 8-3-17, reports on a recent study of OCD therapy that found patients who are most willing to fully experience unpleasant and unwanted thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations during exposure therapy get the best results.

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Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

“Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression” reports on several studies presented at the American Psychological Association 2017 Annual Convention. The studies utilize different versions of yoga, including hatha yoga and Bikram yoga, varying durations of “treatment,” and people with diverse symptoms, including people with anxiety, depression, and even treatment-resistant depression.

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Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

“Exercise Top Lifestyle Factor for Alzheimer’s Prevention?” Reports on a presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 in London. This study evaluated the relationship between two different levels of exercise and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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Social Isolation and Mortality – As Much Risk as Obesity?

Social Isolation and Mortality – As Much Risk as Obesity?

“Loneliness May Represent a Greater Public Health Hazard Than Obesity” reports on a presentation at the American psychological Association Annual Convention. The presentation reviewed the results of two very thorough meta-analyses, one with a total of 300,000 participants and the other with more than 3.4 million participants in several countries. The focus was on the role of social isolation, loneliness, or living alone contributed to mortality.

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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy – May Be Ready for Prime Time

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy – May Be Ready for Prime Time

“A New Way for Therapists to Get inside Heads; Virtual Reality” was published by the New York Times on 7-30-17. This article reports on a new Silicon Valley startup called Limbix, a company that bills itself as providing “modern treatment tools for therapists.” Limbix provides a “treatment dashboard” for therapists that enables them to assign work with their patients between appointments by providing assignments, thought records, guided meditations, and more.  It also provides a mobile app for patients which enables them to access their assignments.

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Meditation and Evolution, Buddha and Darwin – Can They Compliment Each Other?

Meditation and Evolution, Buddha and Darwin – Can They Compliment Each Other?

If you are interested in meditation, especially Buddhist mediation, you may enjoy “The Medication Cure: A basic practice of Buddhism turns out to be one of the best ways to deal with the anxieties and appetites bequeathed to us by our evolutionary history” published by the Wall Street Journal on 7-28-17 (MHConcierge generally ignores the WLS’s politics, but finds their science, health and technology reporting to be excellent).  This article briefly reviews the basic concepts of Buddhist meditation, and goes on to integrate them with evolutionary theory, which helps explain why people are prone to worry and skepticism about the world; vigilance had evolutionary advantages when people were living in a dangerous world.

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What You Need to Know about “Sleep Pressure” and Other Sleep Behaviors, from a Sleep Scientist

What You Need to Know about “Sleep Pressure” and Other Sleep Behaviors, from a Sleep Scientist

“7 Things a Sleep Scientist Wants You to Know About Getting Better Sleep was posted by Happify.com.  First, a word about this site – the title always has struck MHConcierge as a bit corny, but the site provides quality, evidenced-based information and resources to help people be feel better, function better – and to be happier.  This article is a brief summary of the current science of good sleep.  It includes info about the concept of “sleep pressure” – physiological changes that build up between episodes of sleep that create a craving for sleep.

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