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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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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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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