Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mood And Experience: Life Comes At You

  Living through weddings or divorces, job losses and children’s triumphs, we sometimes feel better and sometimes feel worse. But, psychologists observe, we tend to drift back to a “set point”-a stable resting point, or baseline, in the mind’s level of contentment or unease. Research has shown that the set points for depression and anxiety […]

Bipolar disorder severity worsened by poor sleep quality

Sleep quality may play a role in the course of bipolar disorder, with shorter total sleep time (TST) and increased sleep variability (SV) both associated with symptom severity, conclude a team of US researchers. Previous studies have indicated that bipolar disorder patients have a reduced need for sleep during manic episodes, and either insomnia or […]

Chronic Eating Disorders

A Different Approach to Treatment Resistance By Allan S. Kaplan, MD and Kate Strasburg, MD  Eating disorders in general and anorexia nervosa in particular are complex and difficult psychiatric disorders to treat. Empirical research has established effective treatments of bulimia nervosa. However, anorexia nervosa remains without effective empirically based treatments, especially for adult patients. A […]

Autism and Schizophrenia

By Yael Dvir, MD and Jean A. Frazier, MD | March 15, 2011 Emerging study results suggest that there are both clinical and biological links between autism and schizophrenia. The question regarding whether there is phenotypic overlap or comorbidity between autism and schizophrenia dates back to 1943, when Kanner1 first used the term “autism” to […]

Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

Strategies for Recognizing Schizophrenia and Treating to Remission By Seong S. Shim, MD, PhD | August 17, 2009 Since the introduction of chlorpromazine(Drug information on chlorpromazine), the first antipsychotic drug, it has been evident that a large number of patients have schizophrenia that is treatment resistant. It is estimated that between 20% and 60% of […]

P.L.A.Y.N.O.W.: How to Bring Mindfulness into Your Life

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Psychologist and co-author, ‘A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook’ Derrick was 13 years old when he stepped into my office complaining of “just not enjoying anything in life.” His parents told me they’d tried everything. They had him playing piano, going to soccer and involved with drama practice, along with a few more […]

Elderly Depression: Is Melancholy an Inevitable Outcome of Getting Old?

    Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University Schools of Social Work and Public Health Depression is dangerous and one of the most significant impediments to aging well. People with depression usually experience a profound sadness and sense of hopelessness that goes far beyond ordinary unhappiness. They often experience terrible psychic pain, which […]

Social Media, Psychotherapy, & Cyberbullying

  By Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, PhD Created May 12 2011 – 1:20pm When I first started counseling clients, I never thought that cyberbullying, friending or tweeting would come up in therapy sessions on a regular basis.  However, since the advent of social media, a new crop of concerns are being presented in therapy sessions. 

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