Research clarifies the actual benefits of having a pet: still good for you, just less than previously thought

Research clarifies the actual benefits of having a pet: still good for you, just less than previously thought

Published by the Wall Street Journal on 10-27-17 (MHConcierge tends to ignore the journals politics and political commentaries, and focus on the superb health, science, and technology reporting which appears to be free of political bias), “The Real Benefits of Pet Ownership; our animal friends may not make us healthier, but they earn in their keep in other ways.” This is an interesting and well with article that reviews the current research about the potential benefits of pets. Some of the older research nas not held up very well, but current research is refining our understanding of the potential benefits of owning a pet.

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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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Should medical, and mental health, professionals “prescribe” spending time in nature?

Should medical, and mental health, professionals “prescribe” spending time in nature?

Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood was broadcasted and posted online by NPR on 7-17-17.  The article begins by clarifying what the term “Forest Bathing,” which comes from Japanese culture, means; basically,  getting out into nature, slowing down, and immersing oneself in the experience by tuning in to the sounds, smells, sights and more.  There actually is an Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides and Programs.

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Patient access to medical progress notes improves self care: implications for mental health?

Patient access to medical progress notes improves self care: implications for mental health?

OpenNotes: Patient engagement with low physician hassle discusses evidence emerging that the OpenNotes pilot project, which enables patients to see their physicians progress notes in their medical record, is finding positive results. Physicians had been concerned that having progress notes available to patients would result in longer appointments, more documentation time and increased patient anxiety about what they read, but this is mostly not the case.

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Study finds neurological basis for how slow breathing affects mood

Study finds neurological basis for how slow breathing affects mood

One topic that is an ongoing interest for MHConcierge is the potential benefits of integrating mindfulness, including meditation and yoga training, with mental health services. Study shows how slow breathing induces tranquility is part of a trend of research in this area.

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New depression treatment targets “thinking too much”

New depression treatment targets “thinking too much”

Tackling depression by changing the way you think posted by PsyPost.org on 3-13-17. This article reviews a recent study of depressed individuals that found that many tend to ruminate excessively, and using a treatment approach the targeted excessive ruminating resulted in a significant reduction of depression symptoms.

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