New Personality Test Based on Temperament, Neurology

New Personality Test Based on Temperament, Neurology

“Are You A ‘Testosterone’ or A ’Dopamine’?” Reports on a new brain-based personality test designed to help people better understand both their own psychology and their relationships, particularly romantic ones. The test, the Fisher Temperament Index, identifies  four brain systems that have been linked by research to personality traits. It was developed a biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, who set out to develop a personality test to replace tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

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Creativity and Depression – linked?  Study finds “it depends”

Creativity and Depression – linked? Study finds “it depends”

“Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression” was posted by the British Psychological Society Research Digest online blog on 1-3-18. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews research recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The researchers surveyed almost 3000 studies of the relationship between creativity and mood disorders, and selected 36 for analysis.

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Treatment Resistant Depression found to respond to new version of ketamine AND medication

Treatment Resistant Depression found to respond to new version of ketamine AND medication

 “Novel Intranasal Ketamine Effective for Resistant Depression” was posted online by Medscape on 1-9-18. This article reports on a study that builds on previous research about of ketamine for treatment resistant depression (TRD). Many of the previous studies, however, have suffered from methodological problems, including small-sometimes very small-numbers of subjects and very basic research design. The current study started by screening under 26 adults with MDD and assessed to fit the TRD pattern, with 67 selected for the randomized treatment protocol, and 60 completed the complete, multi-stage research protocol which included two double-blind treatment periods.

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Study with over 33K subjects finds low-level exercise to be protective for depression, not anxiety

Study with over 33K subjects finds low-level exercise to be protective for depression, not anxiety

“Exercise and The Prevention of Depression: Results of the HUNT Cohort Study” was published by the American Journal of Psychiatry in the January 2018 issue. MHConcierge has reported frequently on studies like this, but this one is notable for a couple of reasons:

  • the study was a perspective study which followed 33,908 (!) adults for 11 years. The subjects were initially “healthy,” without current symptoms of depression or anxiety.
  • The study was designed to specifically research whether exercise provides protection against new-onset depression and anxiety, and if so what “dose” of exercise is required to gain protection.
  • The results find that regular leisure-time exercise was associated with reduced incidence of future depression, but not anxiety.
  • Perhaps most the most interesting finding is that at least one hour of physical activity per week was found to have a protective effect. And, “the majority of this protective effect occurred at low levels of exercise and observed regardless of intensity.”

MHConcierge’s take: this research builds on previous research about the mental health benefits of regular, but low-level, exercise. It supports the benefits of therapists asking their patients about their exercise/activity level, and helping them with a “doable” exercise/activity plan.

The abstract is available for free online. The full article is available online for $35.

Loneliness (But Not Necessarily Social Isolation) Can Impair Health – Similar to Depression

Loneliness (But Not Necessarily Social Isolation) Can Impair Health – Similar to Depression

“The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health” reports on research building on previous research that established potentially harmful effects of loneliness and socialization on health and launch activity. The current research makes more of a distinction between, which involves the subjective sense of isolation” versus social isolation, which may or may not involve loneliness.

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Most Brief Personality Quizzes Are “Junk Science” -With One Exception

Most Brief Personality Quizzes Are “Junk Science” -With One Exception

Online personality quizzes are increasingly popular, and you may have experienced a client/patient who takes one and wants to discuss the results as though they are meaningful and important. “Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t” takes most of the online personality quizzes to task, particularly the Myers-Briggs (which can be taken online for $50). The article briefly points out the lack of evidence-based support for these tests-with the exception of one’s that are based on the Big Five personality assessment system.

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People Who Sleep Less Than Eight Hours a Night Are More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety

People Who Sleep Less Than Eight Hours a Night Are More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety

“People Who Sleep Less Than Eight Hours a Night Are More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety’ reviews research found that regular sleep disruptions, including inadequate sleep duration, are associated with difficulty in shifting one’s attention away from negative information. In particular, the researchers found that people who do not get adequate sleep are prone to experiencing negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts that are associated with depression and anxiety.

Of course,” further research is needed,” but the researchers theorize that future research could potentially result in psychologists, and other therapists, helping patients with anxiety and depression by helping them more sleep.

This article was posted by the ScienceNews blog on 1-4-18

People With “Pro-social” Brains Are More Prone To Depression- But Therapy Can Help Activate Other Brain Parts

People With “Pro-social” Brains Are More Prone To Depression- But Therapy Can Help Activate Other Brain Parts

“Nice Brains Finish Last” reports on a study that found that “pro-social” people, who are highly attuned to fairness and inequity, have a more active amygdala. In a study published in Nature Human Behavior, these people were found to have a higher frequency of depression symptoms, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory, then “individualist” personality types (people assessed to have egotistical and selfish traits).

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