We believe the better informed you are about the realities of psychotherapy, the better you can make decisions about whether it’s something that can help you. To that end, we’ve provided the following links, and will add more as we learn about them.
- A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn’t walk on grass were cured of their phobia with only one brief therapy session.
- Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren’t. Treatment is trickier.
- Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals, may explain why a drink makes us feel better — and why we often want more.
- A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
A new study finds that antidepressants do not raise the risk of suicide, but offer some protection. Kids are different.
- One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Illness
In America, one in five people is facing a mental health issue. Worldwide, it’s the single greatest cause of disability.
- At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
Is grief a mental illness? A top medical journal questions the move to classify grief as depression.
- Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.
- Quitting Smoking Means a Happier New Year
Struggling with the resolution to quit smoking? It gets better: Quitters report being happier and healthier.
- Depression: Paving the Road to Recovery
A simple, low-cost training program helped people with depression overcome their self-defeating thought patterns.
- Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Is alcohol good for you or bad for you? Every week brings new studies showing another benefit or new risk. Part of the problem is that our drinking behaviors vary widely, especially this time of year. Is wine better for you than distilled spirits? What about beer? What is “moderate” drinking anyway? For women, the picture is even more complicated. Sifting through the data offers some clarity.