Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust recently conducted a ground-breaking study that was published in World Psychiatry. The study shows that many patients suffering from chronic depression may start to see experience releif after long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (LTPP) [Read more…]
In “Soft” Versus “Hard” Psychological Science: Biased Evaluations of Scientific Evidence That Threatens or Supports a Strongly Held Political Identity, published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Geoffrey D. Munro and Cynthia A. Munro present data to support two conclusions.
One — people are quicker to dismiss evidence from psychology than neuroscience, even when the psychology may be on much firmer ground than the imaging and neuroscience.
Two — people who are highly motivated to disbelieve the evidence will tend to dismiss psychological evidence more than they are willing to discount brain-based evidence. [Read more…]
Did you know that diabetes is linked to mental decline? What you can do is eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. According to lead author Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:
The lesson is that to have a healthy brain when you’re 70, you need to eat right and exercise when you’re 50.
There is a substantial cognitive decline associated with diabetes, pre-diabetes and poor glucose control in people with diabetes. And we know how to prevent or delay the diabetes associated with this decline…
Click here to access the article in The Annals of Internal Medicine.
Are you or somebody that you love taking antidepressant medication? The evidence for antidepressant therapy may be based, in part at least, on short term studies. You may also be interested in the effect of antidepressant medication on your weight. [Read more…]
A recent meta review of over 100 studies, published in Neuropsychiatry (February 2014), examines the relationship between childhood trauma and psychosis in adult and children. Understanding the source of mental illness, is important if we are to provide effective schizophrenia treatment and effective treatment for other mental health challenges.
If the source of mental illness for an individual, at least in part, a result of trauma or other childhood abuse, effective treatment for the mental illness may require psychotherapy to address the trauma or abuse. [Read more…]
Should antipsychotic drugs or psychological approaches be the first line of defense against “schizophrenia spectrum disorders”? Science Magazine (sciencemag.org) takes on the question, with a detailed consideration of the question.
The article views the evidence, and describes case studies of how psychotherapists are engaging with patients’ symptoms. There are alternatives to relying on medication to treat symptoms of mental illness such as hearing voices, hallucinations, or paranoid fantasies. [Read more…]
John Thor Cornelius, M.D., is a psychiatrist who provides both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management.
Dr. Cornelius was Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis [Read more…]
Writing in the American Psychologist, Dr. Jonathan Shedler presents the case that empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. Dr. Shedler is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was formerly Director of Psychology at the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Department. [Read more…]