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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Treatment-resistant depression and ketamine, continued

Treatment-resistant depression and ketamine, continued

One trend that MHconcierge has been tracking with interest is an emerging body of research in support of using the psychoactive drug ketamine for treatment of severe, treatment resistant depression. On 3-20-27 NPR broadcasted  Ketamine for Severe Depression: ‘how do not offer this drug to people?’

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New controversy about “microdosing” with LSD to enhance creativity

New controversy about “microdosing” with LSD to enhance creativity

From the blog PsyPost.com, “LSD ‘microdosing’ is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it actually make you more creative?” Posted on 2-15-17, and written by a professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, this article provides a thorough review of recent research about the potential therapeutic benefits of small doses of psychedelic drugs, and goes on to also review the trend of some creative types using “microdoses” of LSD to try to enhance their creativity.

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