Study: Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD Have Benefit

Study: Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD Have Benefit

Meta-Analysis of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD reviews the incidence of adult ADHD, impairments of the disorder, and the standard treatment protocol, which uses medication initially (“as the first-line treatment”).  Not all adults with ADHD continue, however, respond to medication, and many who do respond still experience continued significant, even impairing symptoms.

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Study: cognitive benefits of exercise over age 50

Study: cognitive benefits of exercise over age 50

Exercise interventions for cognitive function in adults older than 50: a systematic review with meta-analysis reviews theories about potential benefits of exercise as a potential intervention for preventing, or delaying, cognitive decline, but also noted that there has been limited supporting research evidence.

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Study: overweight kids have increased (4X) (!) risk of depression as adults

Study: overweight kids have increased (4X) (!) risk of depression as adults

Being overweight in childhood may heighten lifetime risk of depression, posted 5-18-17.  Children who are overweight, as defined by a BMI between 25 and 29.9 (not “obese”) at age 8 or 13 years were found to have more than a 4-times increase in risk of lifetime MDD in comparison to children who were normal weight who went on to become overweight as adults.

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An analyst on cell phones in therapy; meaning and potential advantages

An analyst on cell phones in therapy; meaning and potential advantages

How Cell Phones Are Changing the Therapist-Patient Relationship,  written by a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, reviews what we all know about the pervasive and potentially intrusive use of cell phones by our patients. He goes on to analyze several aspects of phone use during appointments.

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Cannabis may combat age-related cognitive decline

Cannabis may combat age-related cognitive decline

Cannabis May Combat Age-Related Cognitive Decline (in rats, of course, but with potential for humans). This article reviews a study of long-term administration of low doses of THC, to rats, of course.  The subjects were divided into groups of young, “mature” and old (for rats – – 2 months, 12 months and 18 months).

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Study: brain damage and religious fundamentalism

Study: brain damage and religious fundamentalism

Study uncovers how brain damage increases religious fundamentalism  discusses a recent study that found that “lesions in a particular brain region, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex,  tend to increase religious fundamentalism.”

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Study finds that “healthy obesity” is not likely

Study finds that “healthy obesity” is not likely

Can you be healthy and have obesity?  Not really, says major study This article reviews the prevalence of obesity in the US (over 1/3 of all people, not limited to adults), the theory that “people may be obese and still have good health) and a research study that analyzed the medical records of 3.5 million (!) adults in the U.K.

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Parent Therapy the Best Treatment for Disruptive Kids?

Parent Therapy the Best Treatment for Disruptive Kids?

From Medscape Psychiatry, Parent-Based Therapy Tops All Others for Disruptive Behavior, was posted on 5-4-17. This article reviews a study by the CDC which reviewed 64 studies of treatment for childhood disruptive behavior problems, and found that only group therapy focused on parenting skills and “individual parent behavior therapy with child participation” meet criteria as evidence-based therapies.

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