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 you do not offer this drug to people?’

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Psychoanalysts seek to make their professional relevant

Psychoanalysts seek to make their professional relevant

Saving Sigmund: psychoanalysts fight to make their profession relevant was posted by the STATnews.com blog on 3-15-17. This article reviews psychoanalysis’s history of having a “arrogant and aloof” reputation, and for not being willing to partner with other healthcare professions and to utilize research and treatment outcomes measures.

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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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Two articles about the mental health benefits of “doses” of nature

Two articles about the mental health benefits of “doses” of nature

Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,” published by the Wall Street Journal, reviews “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” by Florence Williams. The author, a writer for one of mhconcierge’s favorite magazines, Outside, explores what current research has found about the benefits of spending time outdoors, regularly and frequently.  She concludes that even small, regular doses of time in natural settings, such as 15-45 minutes in a city park, are “enough to improve mood, vitality and feelings of restoration.”

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The Potential of Psychotherapy to Undo Changes Addiction Makes to the Brain

The Potential of Psychotherapy to Undo Changes Addiction Makes to the Brain

Contributed by Sharon Therien, freelance writer and blogger at 

Addiction creates many changes to the brain, affecting pleasure and reward, decision-making and other brain functions. Changes to the reward center is one of the major ways consistent drug use affects the brain. Drug use leads to sudden drastic increases of the brain chemical dopamine, and the brain reacts by making less dopamine regularly or adjusting how many dopamine receptors are available. When the brain makes these changes, the person now finds it extremely hard to feel pleasure without taking an addictive substance, so he or she continues using the drug or alcohol to increase dopamine levels and feel better.

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Psychology in the public eye: Coffee table book about psych testing – weird, creepy and classics tests

Psychology in the public eye: Coffee table book about psych testing – weird, creepy and classics tests

Courtesy of the @info_Psicologos twitter feed, “The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing” was published by Wired Magazine on 8-17-16. This article features pictures and commentary of some quaint tests, some scary tests, and even a few that are still in use, such as the Rorschach, based on a book that will be published soon, “Psychobook.”

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