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Anti-convulsant treatment benefits disruptive, explosive youth
Children and adolescents with certain severe disruptive behavior disorders that are marked by explosive temper caused by irritable mood swings demonstrated significant behavior improvement when treated with the anti-convulsant divalproex (Depakote), according to a preliminary study briefly reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. (2000-04-19)

Clinical issues with lesbians and gay men
An exploration of relationships, gay and lesbian parenting, HIV/AIDS and loss, and other questions in the therapeutic setting (2000-01-16)

Better care for severely depressed costs less
Depressed patients from a large HMO getting little or no relief from (1999-12-14)

Research news release from The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
The National Institutes of Mental Health has recently made a major policy decision to place more emphasis on effectiveness studies that measure outcomes in psychiatric conditions as they occur in naturalistic settings. These studies will allow for improvement in real-life treatments where the rigorous controls of a laboratory do not exist. The findings in the present report demonstrate the problem inherent to the short- term psychotherapy recommendations of managed care programs. (1999-11-30)

Mood changes in depressives predict success of therapy
A night without sleep can sometimes provide temporary relief for depressives. Researchers at the University of Groningen have found that anti-depression treatments such as sleep deprivation have a more favourable effect the greater the variation in the daily mood pattern of the patient. (1999-11-08)

Depression, anxiety and stress can hinder diabetic's ability to control blood sugar
Psychological factors can have a profound effect on the ability of people with diabetes to control their blood sugar, new research shows. Among diabetic patients who learned relaxation techniques with biofeedback, those with the highest levels of depression, anxiety, and daily stress were least successful in reducing their blood sugar. (1999-10-08)

Breast cancer patients face increased depression
Breast cancer patients may face an increased risk of depression as a result of treatment that disrupts their bodies' supplies of estrogen, according to the results of a pilot study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. (1999-06-29)

Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy may offer patients with bipolar disorder an improved chance of long-term health
In research findings presented today at the Third International Conference on Bipolar Disorder, doctors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) may have an important role in improving the quality of long-term remission in patients with bipolar disorder. (1999-06-17)

Evidence Shows Drug-Psychotherapy Combo Effective For Chronic Depression
Preliminary results from the largest study undertaken of medication alone, psychotherapy alone and a combination of the two, to treat chronic depression, show that medication and psychotherapy together works best. (1999-05-18)

Feeling Depressed, Not Thinking Straight?
A scientist has used imaging techniques to show for the first time how two key areas of the brain interact with one another when depression is affecting cognitive ability. The clinical study is to be published in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. (1999-04-30)

UPMC Study Shows What May Be The Most Effective Treatment For Depressed Elderly
In the first-ever study to compare different therapies for the treatment and prevention of recurrent major depression in the elderly, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have found that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is significantly more effective than medication or psychotherapy alone. (1999-01-05)

Study Finds Psychotherapy And Anti-Depressants Equally Effective In Treating Severely Depressed Primary-Care Patients
Researchers comparing the effectiveness of treating major depression with either antidepressant medication or psychotherapy noted no difference in the success of the two treatment methods after an eight-month clinical investigation, allowing primary care physicians greater flexibility in selecting a proper treatment for their patients. (1998-11-23)

First Drug Shown Effective For Treating Chronic Forms Of Major Depression
A new study shows that sertraline is safe and effective for treating chronic forms of depression. The research, directed by Martin B. Keller, M.D., and reported in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association, compliments similar findings in the Nov. issue of the Journal of Clinical Pscyhiatry (1998-11-18)

Environment Of Psychotherapists' Offices May Affect Client Attitudes
Dead plants, bad lighting and sagging couches are probably the last things clients should encounter in their therapists' offices, says a University of Illinois architecture professor. (1998-10-01)

Psychotherapy Helps Post-Traumatic Stress Victims
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is frequently treated with medications, but there is no consensus on which are most effective. Now, analysis of 17 controlled studies shows that (1998-07-23)

Are Women Discriminated Against When Given Pacemakers?
Dr Reinhart Schüppel et al from Germany find that depite professional guidelines, women receive less sophisticated pacemakers. They ask if this is because women are discriminated against, they describe their symptoms differently to men, or they prefer simpler treatments. (1998-05-15)

Most Depressed Heart Failure Patients Untreated
Major depression is common among patients who have been hospitalized with congestive heart failure (CHF), but most older depressed patients receive neither antidepressants nor psychotherapy. Only 44 percent of depressed CHF patients age 60 or older received any treatment for depression, either during hospitalization or during the year after being discharged. (1998-02-15)

Low Levels Of The Fat Cell Hormone Leptin In Amenorrhea
The predictive value of leptin, body mass index, fat mass and precent body fat for a lifetime occurence of amenorrhea was assessed in this study. The results show that a critical leptin level is needed to maintain mansrtruation. This research has implications for the evaluation and treatment of many physiological and pyschological disorders, especially eating disorders. (1997-06-30)

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