Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

“Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain” was published by the Clinical Journal of Pain in the June 2017 edition. This article reviews the challenges of treating chronic pain, evidence that CBT provides limited benefits, and evidence that ACT may be more effective than CBT.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

“Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain” was published by the Clinical Journal of Pain in the June 2017 edition. This article reviews the challenges of treating chronic pain, evidence that CBT provides limited benefits, and evidence that ACT may be more effective than CBT.

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Non-opioid treatments for chronic pain, update for the generalists

Non-opioid treatments for chronic pain, update for the generalists

“Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain” was published by the New York Times on 9-11-17, and is written by the highly regarded health journalist Jane Brody. She reports on her own problems with chronic pain, and behavioral changes that she learned on her own which helped her significantly. She goes on to report on concerns about treatment with opioids and emerging research that is finding “complementary” treatments, many of them actually psychological treatments, to be helpful, sometimes even more effective than opioids.

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Melatonin: what therapists and consumers need to know

Melatonin: what therapists and consumers need to know

Insomnia is one of the most common health problems that mental health professionals hear about from their patients. In MHConcierge’s experience, many patients are taking, or considering, melatonin. Their PCP may have recommended it, or they may have just decided to try it on their own. “Read This If You Take Melatonin to Sleep at Night” was posted by HuffingtonPost.com recently, and this consumer-friendly article is a concise summary of the benefits of melatonin (limited) and potential concerns (several potential nuisance problems, and possibly significant drug interaction concerns).

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Study finds Hatha yoga to have more benefits than mindfulness meditation

Study finds Hatha yoga to have more benefits than mindfulness meditation

“Yoga, meditation improve brain function and energy levels, study shows” was posted by ScienceDaily.com on 9-6-17. This article reports on research comparing Hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation, and a control activity. Each activity was done for “just” 25 minutes, and the results found significant benefits from both the treatment interventions, with more benefit from the Hatha yoga.

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Brief (11 minutes!) mindfulness training helps heavy drinkers

Brief (11 minutes!) mindfulness training helps heavy drinkers

The blog ScienceDaily.com published “Eleven minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back” On 8-24-17.  This article reports on an interesting study.  There are 60 participants, all “heavy drinkers.” The treatment was a brief, 11 minute mindfulness training. The participants were divided into two groups, one of which received the intervention and the other received a sham intervention and functioned as a control group.

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