Nearly a week into their most recent therapeutic reunion, Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett, two giants of Olympic swimming, sat down to breakfast at a packed restaurant and wondered how they would explain themselves to their children someday. They were reliving dark moments, times when they posed a danger to themselves and others.
Dispelling stigmas associated with therapy and counseling — like that you have to have amental illness to go — will allow students to get help for symptoms or problems that aren’t diagnosable as disorders. It should especially encourage students to learn essential coping skills.
Too often, dread-full, sickening sensations drive clients to the instant relief of medication. What they should be told is that the right psychotherapy, which teaches them to control their own anxiety, will offer relief from anxiety in a matter of weeks—about the same amount of time it takes for an SSRI to become effective.
The Food and Drug Administration last week announced that it has approved the first mobile app to help treat individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). The app, known as Reset, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and is intended to be used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant SUDs.
“This is something people choose, and we don’t know enough about it to help people,” says Laysha Ostrow, chief executive officer of a mental-health consultancy in California. “I feel that it’s important to bring those ideas into more of a mainstream conversation, given how many people decide to discontinue.”
Despite its promise, it has been a slow process for shared decision-making to be accepted in the mental health field relative to other areas of medicine. Provider-dominated decision making characterizes many psychiatric consultations.
Loneliness is hazardous to your health—and more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public-health campaign to fight it. “This has been underappreciated in the past,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, “but cumulative data over hundreds of studies with millions of participants provides robust evidence of the Read more
Blue Cross has invested in a four-year-old Minneapolis firm, Learn to Live, that offers a battery of online treatment options. The internet-based therapy is getting good marks from employers, workers and experts.
As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online support groups. All of this was long before I reached recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.”
I am surrounded by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health caregivers who are extremely talented, passionate, and caring. This dedicated staff works hard every day to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients, and now they have a volunteer staff of four-legged individuals that helps make their jobs just a bit easier.
One of the many things extreme weather makes difficult is accessing healthcare services, a near impossibility when a deluge of rain has trapped people in homes and shelters. Telemedicine companies are jumping in to fill the void, offering physician consultations remotely to those who may be trapped by flooding and extreme winds.
Charlottesville Therapists Pledge Over 300 Hours of Free Counseling Sessions Following Aug. 12 Rally
Over 50 private therapists have committed more than 300 hours of free counseling support in response to stress and trauma resulting from the attacks of August 12.
Far from psychiatry being a neutral, and purely objective endeavour, set apart from the messy reality of politics and culture, psychic driving reveals how knowledge about the human mind is profoundly shaped by the concerns and priorities of the societies that produce it.
The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it. It’s passing will not be mourned.
France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks like the one in which a mentally unstable man drove into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman, the country’s interior minister said Tuesday.
Seeking out the perfect therapist can feel as significant and difficult as finding a romantic partner. A study on the effectiveness of trained therapists versus self-help treatment, though, suggests that therapists are not as important as they seem.
Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at the National Institute ofMental Health (NIMH). He has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field.
Our focus on therapeutic relationships is often usurped by a short-term approach to long-term mental illness.
Are we seeing the emergence of a nationalist movement fueled by prejudice or a widespread personality disorder that requires psychiatric care? Answering that dredges up long-held notions about racism in America.
Despite federal and state mental health parity laws – like New York’s “Timothy’s Law” – that require insurance companies to offer the same coverage for mental health problems as they do for other medical conditions, mental health patients are routinely forced to overcome additional hurdles from insurers to get approval for prescribed treatments.
Ana Magaña, 74, was treated in one of Tulare County’s two mobile mental health units, custom-made recreational vehicles that serve isolated adults in rural areas. Mental health care on wheels is rare among local health departments. But the trend is growing in California as more counties receive state money to deploy such vehicles in hard-to-reach Read more
Jimmy had insurance, and a wife to advocate for him. And he still got the Psych Ward run-around.
Michelle Carter was sentenced earlier this week to two and a half years in prison for her involvement in the death of her boyfriend. I submit that Michelle Carter is guilty of no crime and that her conviction rests on a faulty understanding of the concept of individual responsibility and the medico-criminalization of suicide.
When patients are discharged from hospitals, it usually means they’ve recovered sufficiently to resume their daily lives. But that’s not the case for patients released from psychiatric facilities. According to a new meta-analysis in JAMA Psychiatry.
There are lots of reasons why finding the right therapist can be so difficult. But at the center of what is unique about today’s difficulties is the online flood of often disingenuous marketing messages diluting whatever helpful information is out there.
Dr. Jewell is among a handful of psychologists testing a new service from a Silicon Valley start-up called Limbix that offers exposure therapy through Daydream View, the Google headset that works in tandem with a smartphone. “It provides exposure in a way that patients feel safe,” she said. “We can go to a location together, and the patient Read more
Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison of Johns Hopkins University told Live Science that those who have bipolar and are coming out of a depressive phase, often see a boost in creativity. When this occurs, the frontal lobe of the brain shows a lot of activity, similar to what takes place when someone is concentrating in Read more
An FDA-approved therapy using magnetic stimulation on the brain can be given to people who haven’t responded well to antidepressants.