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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Study: Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD Have Benefit

Study: Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD Have Benefit

Meta-Analysis of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD reviews the incidence of adult ADHD, impairments of the disorder, and the standard treatment protocol, which uses medication initially (“as the first-line treatment”).  Not all adults with ADHD continue, however, respond to medication, and many who do respond still experience continued significant, even impairing symptoms.

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Parent Therapy the Best Treatment for Disruptive Kids?

Parent Therapy the Best Treatment for Disruptive Kids?

From Medscape Psychiatry, Parent-Based Therapy Tops All Others for Disruptive Behavior, was posted on 5-4-17. This article reviews a study by the CDC which reviewed 64 studies of treatment for childhood disruptive behavior problems, and found that only group therapy focused on parenting skills and “individual parent behavior therapy with child participation” meet criteria as evidence-based therapies.

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Study Supports Weight Loss Surgery for People with Mental Illness

Study Supports Weight Loss Surgery for People with Mental Illness

From BariatricNews.net, Mental health does not affect weight loss after bariatric surgery, posted on 5-2-17.  This article reviews a study that found good outcomes for weight loss for bariatric patients with mental illness, for a population that had psychological screening prior to surgery, results support the benefits of psychological screening.

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