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Interpersonal psychotherapy helps depressed women with histories of sexual trauma
Women sexually abused in childhood and adolescence who suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder benefit significantly from Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Trauma, according to a Rutgers researcher. (2018-10-03)

Erectile dysfunction -- group psychotherapy can help
Taking part in group psychotherapy can help men who have erectile dysfunction to overcome their problem, and adding sildenafil to group therapy was more effective that sildenafil alone. In addition, group psychotherapy was more effective than taking sildenafil on its own, a Cochrane systematic review has found. (2007-07-17)

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)

Which is more effective for treating PTSD: Medication, or psychotherapy?
A systematic review and meta-analysis led by Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, finds there is insufficient evidence at present to answer that question. (2019-12-19)

60 percent of psychotherapy clients felt therapy didn't end on time
Sixty percent of private practice dynamically oriented psychotherapy clients felt that their therapy either lasted too long or ended too soon, according to recent research conducted by Professor David Roe of the University of Haifa. (2008-01-09)

Treatment associated with changes in brain activity in borderline personality disorder
According to newly published research, a specialized psychotherapy has been linked to changes in activation patterns in certain areas of the brain in patients with borderline personality disorder, suggesting its impact may go deeper than symptom change. (2015-12-11)

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)

Psychedelic drugs could help treat PTSD
Clinical trials suggest treatment that involves psychedelics can be more effective than psychotherapy alone. More than three million people in the United States are diagnosed each year with post-traumatic stress disorder, whose symptoms include nightmares or unwanted memories of trauma, heightened reactions, anxieties, and depression--and can last months, or even years. (2020-01-17)

Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds
Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. (2019-07-31)

Psychiatrists shift away from providing psychotherapy
A declining number of office-based psychiatrists appear to be providing psychotherapy to their patients, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-08-04)

Medication or psychotherapy effective in treating depressed patients when the other is not
Switching from an antidepressant medication to psychotherapy or vice versa may improve symptoms in chronically depressed patients who prove unresponsive to their initial treatment, according to an article in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-05-02)

Drug-psychotherapy combo found highly effective in depression study
The prescription drug Serzone, combined with psychotherapy designed specifically for chronic depression, produced an 85- percent response rate among 681 patients under treatment for chronic forms of major depression. The study appears in the current New England Journal of Medicine. (2000-05-17)

Unique patterns of brain activity predict treatment responses in patients with PTSD
A neuroimaging study of 184 patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has identified unique patterns of brain activity that predict poorer responses to talk therapy (or psychotherapy), the current gold standard and only effective treatment for addressing PTSD. (2019-04-03)

Men may be best left alone for therapy
New research from the University of Alberta confirms what most women have probably known all along: most men aren't really good at sharing their feelings. The findings come from a study of the differences between men's and women's responses to short-term group psychotherapy. (2004-07-23)

'Ecstasy' shows promise for post-traumatic stress treatment
An international study involving researchers from UBC Okanagan has shown that MDMA, also known as ecstasy, may be a valuable tool for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Published recently in Psychopharmacology, the study demonstrated substantial improvements in individuals who had not responded to prior treatments, explains UBCO Associate Professor of psychology Zach Walsh. This is also, he adds, the most comprehensive evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. (2019-05-29)

Scientific literature overstates psychotherapy's effectiveness in treating depression
New analysis shows that the scientific literature paints an overly rosy picture of the efficacy of psychotherapy for depression comparable to the bias previously found in reports of treatments with antidepressant drugs. (2015-09-30)

Therapy is not one size fits all
The new school of thought is that there is not just one correct school of thought when it comes to counseling people. In actual practice, therapists mix theories and methods in order to produce best practices for helping clients. Experienced therapists tend to base their practices upon the core processes that define psychotherapy across the theories. However, textbooks are still divided into specific theories. (2007-04-04)

Unlocking PTSD: New study reveals why trauma-focused psychotherapy treatment works
MEDIA: Trauma-focused psychotherapy is the best-known treatment for PTSD. But how does it work? Dell Med researcher Greg Fonzo says he may have found the answer by exploring how different parts of the brain talk to one another. (2021-01-27)

Psychotherapy for HIV-related pain may have limited appeal
Nearly half of 61 HIV-positive patients enrolled in psychotherapy sessions to relieve limb pain dropped out of the sessions before the end of therapy, suggesting that such an approach may have limited appeal, a new study concludes. (2003-02-04)

Organized phone therapy for depression found cost-effective
Significant benefits persist, with only modest cost increases, two years after people get their first session of brief, structured, phone-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapy soon after starting on antidepressant medication. This treatment is cost-effective, says a randomized trial in the October 2009 Archives of General Psychiatry. The 600-person Group Health trial is the largest to date of psychotherapy by phone -- and one of the largest studies of psychotherapy ever. (2009-10-05)

New research disproves belief that group psychotherapy extends the lives of cancer patients
Previously-published research has given credence to the notion that psychotherapy extends the lives of people with cancer. In fact, one in four cancer patients believe that science supports the idea that participating in group therapy will extend their lives. However, researchers as the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine concluded -- after an extensive research review -- that there is no compelling evidence linking psychotherapy or support groups with survival among cancer patients. (2007-05-01)

Body dysmorphic disorder: Research on effective treatments still lacking
Medication and psychotherapy may be beneficial for patients suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. But a new Cochrane Review found that much more research is required to determine the most effective treatment and whether both approaches should be used in combination. (2009-01-20)

School-based interpersonal psychotherapy seems to be effective for treating depressed adolescents
Adolescents who received interpersonal psychotherapy for depression at school-based health clinics had fewer symptoms of depression after 12 to 16 weeks than their peers who received other kinds of psychotherapy at school, according to an article in the June issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-06-07)

Psychotherapy by telephone an effective addition to treatment for depression
Integrating psychotherapy by telephone into a program for treating depression can significantly improve outcomes, according to a study in the August 25 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2004-08-24)

Psychotherapy via the Internet as good as if not better than face-to-face consultations
Online psychotherapy is just as efficient as conventional therapy. Three months after the end of the therapy, patients given online treatment even displayed fewer symptoms. For the first time, clinical researchers from the University of Zurich provide scientific evidence of the equal value of internet-based psychotherapy. (2013-07-30)

Treating alcohol dependence: Medication plus therapy leads to longer abstinence
Alcohol treatment incorporating a stepped-care rationale -- when services are escalated -- appears to increase efficacy of the treatment. However, in some countries, medication and individual psychotherapy -- either separate or combined -- are rarely used to treat alcohol dependence (AD). A recent study of AD patients who were given a stepped-care approach -- first medication, then additional psychotherapy -- found that patients willing to attend psychotherapy in addition to pharmacotherapy benefit from a reduced or delayed relapse to heavy drinking. (2013-11-19)

Family-based treatment more effective than supportive psychotherapy in treating bulimia
Bulimia patients age 12 to 19 years who received family-based treatment were less likely to continue to binge and purge than those who received supportive psychotherapy, which explores the underlying issues of the disorder, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-09-03)

Longer-duration psychotherapy appears more beneficial for treatment of complex mental disorders
Psychodynamic psychotherapy lasting for at least a year is effective and superior to shorter-term therapy for patients with complex mental disorders such as personality and chronic mental disorders, according to a meta-analysis published in the Oct. 1 issue of JAMA. (2008-09-30)

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)

Type of psychotherapy matters in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
A new study has found that the type of psychotherapy used to treat the gastrointestinal disorder irritable bowel syndrome makes a difference in improving patients' daily functioning. (2016-12-12)

Group therapy fails to improve breast cancer survival
A follow up to a previous study on group therapy in breast cancer patients finds group therapy does not prolong the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer. (2007-07-23)

Depression improved during telephone therapy in multiple sclerosis patients
Patients with multiple sclerosis showed significant improvement in their depression during 16 weeks of telephone-administered psychotherapy treatment, according to an article in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-09-05)

Patients stay with phone psychotherapy longer than office visits
The problem with psychotherapy is that nearly half the patients quit going to the therapist's office after a few sessions. But a new meta-analysis by researchers at Northwestern University has found that when patients receive psychotherapy for depression over the phone, more than 90 percent continue with it. The study is the first national (2008-09-22)

Intensive psychotherapy more effective than brief therapy for treating bipolar depression
Patients taking medications to treat bipolar disorder are more likely to get well faster and stay well if they receive intensive psychotherapy, according to results from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The results are published in the April 2007 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. (2007-04-02)

Physician psychotherapy unavailable to 97% of people with urgent mental health need
Publicly funded physician psychotherapy is only available to a fraction of those with urgent mental health needs in Ontario, according to a joint study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and ICES published today in CMAJ Open. (2020-03-11)

Reducing sessions of trauma-focused psychotherapy does not affect effectiveness
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients treated with as few as five sessions of trauma-focused psychotherapy find it equally effective as receiving 12 sessions. (2018-01-17)

Depression treatment should take health beliefs into account
A treatment plan for depression should include nonmedical factors based on a patient's own health beliefs, a new study reports. (2000-08-20)

University of Colorado study shows intensive therapy helps in battle against bipolar disorder
New results from the largest federally funded bipolar study ever conducted show that patients who receive psychotherapy in addition to medication get better faster from bipolar disorder's debilitating depression and stay better longer, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher involved in the study. (2007-04-02)

Effective treatment helps Danes with personality disorders
A study conducted by Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences and the Clinic for Personality Disorders at Aarhus University Hospital shows that modern psychoanalytic therapy has a good effect on patients with severe personality disorders. The treatment enables a number of patients to start working or start an education. (2012-10-23)

Phone-based therapy eases depression long term
When people receive brief telephone-based psychotherapy soon after starting antidepressant medication, strong positive effects may continue 18 months after their first session. So concludes a Group Health study in the April Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. With close to 400 patients, this is the largest study yet of psychotherapy delivered by phone. It's also the first to study the effectiveness of combining phone-based therapy with antidepressant drug treatment as provided in everyday medical practice. (2007-03-22)

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