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What are the neural circuits activated by cognitive behavioral therapy? A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics provides new insights on how psychotherapy works. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia (PD/AG). It is unknown, how variants of CBT differentially modulate brain networks involved in PD/AG. T his study evaluated the effects of therapist-guided [...]The post What are the neural circuits activated by cognitive behavioral therapy? appeared first on PsyPost.
When antidepressant drugs cause depression A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics provides  alarming data on the likelihood that antidepressant drugs may produce untoward effects. Mixed depression is narrowly defined in the DSM-IV and somewhat broader in the DSM-5, although both exclude psychomotor agitation as a diagnostic criterion. This article proposes a clinical description for [...]The post When antidepressant drugs cause depression appeared first on PsyPost.
The hidden psychosomatic costs of German economical success Germany economy is a leading force in the world and a model that calls for imitation. A paper published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics provides information on the rising number of clinics that treat burn-out and job-related psychosomatic problems. The term ‘psychosomatic’ has many connotations, be it in the sense of a [...]The post The hidden psychosomatic costs of German economical success appeared first on PsyPost.
Testing children at primary school has its pitfalls Tests and assessments carried out at school are often seen as a way of predicting how well a child will do later on in life. However, new research from Professor Richard Cowan, Institute of Education (IOE), suggests that how well a child is doing at one point is no guarantee of later success or difficulty. [...]The post Testing children at primary school has its pitfalls appeared first on PsyPost.
When antidepressant drugs should not be used A paper in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by Giovanni Fava, MD (University of Bologna)  provides a critical review of the data concerned with antidepressant drugs. Their use should be guided by consideration of the potential benefits, probability of responsiveness and likelihood of side effects. If we consider the data this way, a [...]The post When antidepressant drugs should not be used appeared first on PsyPost.
Is your restaurant server’s smile genuine? New research published in Human Performance (Routledge) really makes one think about the old adage service with a smile as it examines counterproductive work behavior (CWB) by restaurant workers towards customers they serve. CWB refers to “volitional acts by employees that harm or intend to harm organizations and their stakeholders,” according to the study. It is often considered a [...]The post Is your restaurant server’s smile genuine? appeared first on PsyPost.
More preschool behavioural assessments improve predictions of aggression The predictive significance of early childhood behaviours may have been underestimated by up to 50 per cent due to inadequate assessment procedures, a new study suggests. This is the finding of a study by Professor Marcel Zentner (University of Innsbruck), Milana Smolkina (Institute of Psychiatry, King´s College London) and Professor Peter Venables (University of York) [...]The post More preschool behavioural assessments improve predictions of aggression appeared first on PsyPost.
Economic success drives language extinction Thriving economies are the biggest factor in the disappearance of minority languages and conservation should focus on the most developed countries where languages are vanishing the fastest, finds a new study. New research shows economic growth to be main driver of language extinction and reveals global ‘hotspots’ where languages are most under threat. The study’s [...]The post Economic success drives language extinction appeared first on PsyPost.
A Farewell to Your Shackles You are a small, unsophisticated machine simplistic in your function. And yet you rule my moods dictate my diet and overshadow the joys in my life.   And yet you are an earthquake shattering the walls the glass of my home every time the number spikes.   Because every time...
The Sad Truth about Your Smile If you’re subscribing to the old adage of “grin and bear it” “keeping smiling” or “chin up” to mask unwanted negative emotions, you’re not doing yourself any favors, or fooling anyone else for that matter — science shows us homo sapiens are not that easily fooled. Researchers say that over...
Bibliotherapy: 5 Benefits of Books for Kids It is well known that children benefit academically from reading books. Schools require children to build reading skills very early on. However, even beyond the academic reasons for reading books, children can also experience other amazing benefits. The benefits can be experienced when children read books to themselves as well...
A Vaccine for Childhood Anxiety: Effort-Based Praise Childhood anxiety is on the rise; suicidal ideation in college students is rising, also, When the achievement is the focus, stress levels increase. The Learning Habit identified Empowerment Parenting as the best builder of grit and emotional balance in children. its focus on effort, not achievement, encourages the skills needed to successfully manage pressure.
Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain The brains of depressed young adults were compared with normal controls... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Depression: 10 Fascinating Insights into a Misunderstood Condition Soda Consumption Connected to Behavioural Problems in Children Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later
The Effort of Happiness Yesterday night, over a dinner with my older brother’s family, a topic of happiness came up.  My wife, Marla, a fellow psychologist, was sharing about Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “flow.”  Marla explained that according to the research on flow, people are happiest when they are absorbed (engaged) in a task that...
Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women? The latest research shows what pregnant women should consider before taking anti-depressant medications.
How to Successfully Handle Aggressive and Controlling People Most of us come across aggressive, intimidating, or controlling personalities at some points in our lives. These individuals may exist in our personal sphere or professional environment. Here are important keys to dealing with them...
Powerful Parenting: Anger Management Tips for Children Anger occurs when a person of any age is feeling overwhelmed and overpowered. It is our way to say “No, stop it! I don’t like it. It is unfair. I can’t handle it,” and so on. Since children have many rules to learn and follow daily, they are likely to...
Implicit racism in academia Subtle racism is prevalent in US and UK universities, according to a new paper commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and released last week, reports The Times Higher Education. Black professors surveyed for the paper said they were treated differently than white colleagues in the form of receiving less eye contact or requests […]
Drug therapies and parent training help children with ADHD and severe aggression Prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behavior management techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioral problems in children, according to a study conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The findings [...]The post Drug therapies and parent training help children with ADHD and severe aggression appeared first on PsyPost.