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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Neuro imaging study should be the end of “parenting causes autism”

Neuro imaging study should be the end of “parenting causes autism”

“New Tools Detect Autism Disorders Earlier in Lives: aside from genetics, any parental contribution to the disorders is probably nil:reports on a study of MRIs of 260 babies. Babies were scanned at six months of age and again the 12 months. The brains of infants with an autistic sibling showed significant differences in development over time.

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Book Review: “Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum: Insights from Parents to Parents”

Book Review: “Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum: Insights from Parents to Parents”

Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum: Insights From Parents to Parents,” by Mallory Griffith, MA, CCC-SLP and Rachel Bedard, PhD, TPI Press, 2017, 147 pp., $19.99.  MHConcierge’s take: compassionate stories for other parents, wise advice for clinicians and other professionals who serve, or even just have contact with, ASD children.

This book is a rich resource for parents, but should be required reading for medical, mental health, social work and academic professionals who provide services for ASD children.  I even highly recommend reading it if you are a clinician who just has contact with ASD, or potential ASD, children as they pass through your office, clinic, agency or school.  (more…)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

“Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain” was published by the Clinical Journal of Pain in the June 2017 edition. This article reviews the challenges of treating chronic pain, evidence that CBT provides limited benefits, and evidence that ACT may be more effective than CBT.

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