Therapy Essential Reads

Stronger Drugs, Stronger Placebos

By Peter D Kramer on July 19, 2016 in In Practice
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

5 Ways That Helping Others Is Self-Serving

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that caring for others may be as important as caring for ourselves when we're feeling stressed.

Understanding Behavioral Therapy for Autism

Long-term planning for children with autism requires patience and diligence. Behavioral therapy, as time and labor-intensive as it seems, remains the foundation of skill building.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 01, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

What Is Global Mental Health?

The exciting field of Global Mental Health aims to address the shortage of mental health services in low-resource communities around the world.

DNA Imaging: Icon of a New, Genomic Literacy

Images of DNA pose the problem of genomic literacy and raise questions about what the text of the genome means, with potentially revolutionary implications for society.

Offering Patients Hope While Still Telling the Truth

How do we manage patient expectations while still offering hope? A retrospective perspective can help.

What Can Be Done to Prevent the Next Mass Murder?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
Reducing the unacceptably high number of mass murders and other types of violence in the US will require multiple methods. Prevention through Behavioral Health methods is one.

TMS for Depression Adds to Treatment Options

When psychotherapy and medication are not enough in treating major depression,TMS is an example of a new method that may help.

Giving the Devil His Due

By Peter D Kramer on June 03, 2016 in In Practice
A study showcased as validating psychotherapy shows surprising benefits from medication.

How Many Deaths Will It Take? Prince Is Just the Latest

The news stories say Prince died of an overdose but it was not just of opiates: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain.

Favorable Trajectories

By Peter D Kramer on May 27, 2016 in In Practice
How distinctive are antidepressants? Answers from research that looks at progress made by individual patients.

The Perception of Mental Illness: Stigma or Reality

The ongoing stigma about mental illness has tragically kept people from seeking treatment. Here's what you can do about it.

The Next Eastern Therapy

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

Is Heat an Antidepressant?

Before psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, there was a third therapeutic tradition in psychiatry--and it involved heat. And it was very successful.

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions.

Choose Your Actions, Not Your Feelings

Blaming ourselves (and others) for emotions isn't fair.

The Cost of Neglecting Culture in Therapy

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Home Base
Should psychotherapy treatments be adapted to fit clients’ cultural backgrounds? What does "cultural competence" mean and can it help children with conduct disorders?

I’m Not “That Kind” of Psychologist

The term “psychologist” may be one of the most-often confused names of any profession. Here’s why. Along with some suggested alternatives.

Mindfulness Is Oversold

By Peter D Kramer on April 27, 2016 in In Practice
Has mindfulness therapy been oversold? A new paper suggests that it has—and that psychotherapy research in general may be in crisis.

Inside the Psychological Care for Refugees in Germany

How do therapists work through linguistic and cultural barriers to help their trauma-afflicted clients?

When Adolescents Claim the Right to Refuse Treatment

Some argue that minors do not understand the severity of their condition.

How to Choose a Therapist

By Jonathan Shedler PhD on April 16, 2016 in Psychologically Minded
Beware of therapists who are too identified with a therapy “brand.” They have already decided how to treat you before they have met you, let alone understand you.

LGBT Status and Mental Health

Earlier this week, we learned that Tennessee had passed some legislation that would promote discrimination against LGBT individuals in need of therapy. This is our response.

The Case Against Viktor Frankl

By Timothy Pytell Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in On Authoritarian Therapy
Controversy has trailed the psychologist ever since his best-selling book popularized logotherapy worldwide.

3 Steps to Take Stock of Your Relationship

Whether your relationship is in its early, middle, or late stages, you can benefit from taking stock of how it's going. These 3 steps will help you fix what's fixable.

How Secular Spirituality Inspires Effective Psychotherapy

People of incompatible faiths have reported profound spiritual experiences—secular meditation distills what is essential. Can we extract what is necessary from psychotherapy?
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How to Rescue a Relationship

Stop pointing fingers. Start working together.

Mark Furlong on Thresholds and Communities of Care

The future of mental health interview series continues with Mark Furlong on Thresholds and communities of care.