Medical-CBT collaboration for IBS, home-based program better than regular CBT

Medical-CBT collaboration for IBS, home-based program better than regular CBT

The online blog MDEdge.com, published by Clinical PsychiatryNews, posted “Home-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Aids IBS” on 10-19-17. This article reviews a thorough study with four 936 subjects who participated in a prospective, randomized comparison of a new home-based CBT therapy and to control groups, one of which was an educational IBS program and the other was standard CBT therapy. All groups participated in 10 weeks of intervention.

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Research Updates on Treatment Resistant Depression: Psychedelic Treatments”, Deep Brain Stimulation, Sleep Deprivation

Research Updates on Treatment Resistant Depression: Psychedelic Treatments”, Deep Brain Stimulation, Sleep Deprivation

MHConcierge has posted several times about in emerging research trendS that finds these radical treatments to be remarkably beneficial for treatment-resistant depression, and recently three more studies have been published. Please note: MHConcierge reports, but does not endorse, these types of issues, and of course they continue to be pretty controversial. The science, however, is evolving, and is intriguing. It may provide insights into non-drug treatments that help people with treatment-resistant depression by helping them get neurologically “unstuck” or to “reboot their brain.” 

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A Sleep Scientist Disputes Some Common Assumptions About Sleep and Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Mental and Physical Health

A Sleep Scientist Disputes Some Common Assumptions About Sleep and Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Mental and Physical Health

NPR posted “Sleep Scientist Warns against Walking through Life ‘In An Underslept State’” on 10-16-17. This article, which is a summary of a fresh air interview with sleep scientist Matthew Walker is an excellent and concise summary of the current science behind getting adequate and healthy sleep. Dr. Walker provided seven recommendations for behaviors that will help with sleep.

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Study confirms parent-child boundary problems for kids with BPD

Study confirms parent-child boundary problems for kids with BPD

“Parent-Child Boundaries Link to BPD and Adolescents” discusses a recent study of dynamics and families with adolescents with borderline personality disorder. This study is the first one actually measure such boundaries during adolescence. Many theorists have hypothesized that children who develop borderline personality disorder have disturbed relationships with their parents.

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“Researcher allegiance effects” found to confound treatment effectiveness studies: CBT and psychodynamic may be equivalent?

“Researcher allegiance effects” found to confound treatment effectiveness studies: CBT and psychodynamic may be equivalent?

Two intriguing studies of treatment effectiveness have controlled for “researcher allegiance effects” and found that CBT may not be as effective as claimed in the past, and psychodynamic therapy compares favorably to CBT.  One study finds serious methodological flaws with much of the research that has resulted in the claim that “CBT is the Gold Standard for therapy.”  Another intriguing study, using improved methodology, finds stronger support for psychodynamic therapy than previous studies, and concludes that it’s effectiveness may be comparable to CBT.

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Do 12-step programs cause harm by disputing medication-assisted recovery?

Do 12-step programs cause harm by disputing medication-assisted recovery?

“By Shunning Medication-assisted Therapy, 12-Step Meetings Are Making the Opioid Crisis Worse”  is an article written by an opioid addict who experienced opposition to medication-assisted therapy from her treatment program. She reviews the serious state of information about medication -assisted therapy for addictions in the 12-step community. She quoted one narcotics anonymous authority as telling her, “people on methadone buprenorphine are feeding are getting high every day, there does not bite on the streets. It’s like you’re replacing one addiction for another.”

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