Psychotherapy

FDA approves first app to treat substance use disorder

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.

The government’s role in combating loneliness

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

Pet Therapy For Mental Health: Four-Legged Volunteers Are Helping Patients

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.

Doctor on Demand, MDLIVE offer free video visits to victims of Hurricane Harvey

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.

Insurance Companies’ ‘Prior Authorization’ Endangers Psychiatric Care

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.

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