Telephone therapy helps depression

18 June 2012
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Receiving therapy over the telephone is showing promise for people with depression, according to new research. Clients counseled over the phone were less likely to drop out of treatment compared to those who got face-to face counseling.  Researchers also found people who talked to their therapist on the telephone got better at the same rate as those who spent time with a counselor face to face. Read more here.

Meet Salvador Minuchin

04 June 2012
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Salvador Minuchin is the founder of structural family therapy. This short video is an engaging introduction to his work and ideas.Meet Salvador Minuchin

Children as young as five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety

03 June 2012
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Recent Studies in the UK show that there is a sharp increase in children and adolescents referred to specialist services as they suffer from depression and anxiety. This seems to be linked with the impact of family life stressors such as financial difficulties, unemployment, etc. Read more on the BBC website.

Yoga can help relieve depressive symptoms

29 May 2012
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A new study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry shows that a yoga meditation program could reduce depression symptoms and boost mental health. The study also showed that the changes can also be seen at a cellular level. Read the full article here.

Parents’ financial instability also affects children

19 May 2012
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Dr Drew McWilliams Chief Operating Officer at Morrison Child and Family Service has recently suggest in an article to the Huffington Post that financial uncertainties (mortgage payments, unemployment, etc.) are alos affecting. Sinice the sub-prime financial crisis she has noticed an increase in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression among children of families who are struggling financially. Read the article here.

Birthday influences risk of developing mental health

15 May 2012
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A large study by researcher Sreeram Ramagopalan, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London, seems to indicate that the season in which a baby is born apparently influences the risk of developing mental disorders later in life. Read the article here.

Young adult black males less likely to seek help

13 May 2012
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A recent research by the university of Michigan has shown that young black males are less likely to seek help from netlah health services than young white adults. Their sample included more than 10 000 participants. Published in Psychological Services.

Psychologists helping Lady Gaga

12 May 2012
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DR S. Swearer, a member of the American Psychological Association is helping Lady Gaga to launch her new charity: Born this way. Lady Gaga’s foundation will focus on ant-bullying campaigns and research Dr Swearer is a professor of psychology and the director of the Bullying Research Network. You can watch a video of the launch:  

Troubled children

07 May 2012
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The New York Times website has a series of very interesting videos on troubled children. You can see part one here. It is about Hayley, 10, who suffers from several mental health problems. The video explains the difficulty of complex diagnosis. Troubled children, part 1

Depression, still a stigma

02 May 2012
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The World Health Organization considers that 121 million people suffer from depression worldwide. However, a recent study by the University of California has shown that most people do not reveal their symptoms to their doctor as they are mainly afraid of the side effects of antidepressant medication.This has obviously many implications of public health. Click here to read to full article.

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