Last updated on 5th October 2011
I read a lot of research. When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - EndNote - which currently contains over 16,600 abstracts.
Every few weeks I scan through all the articles I've found interesting in the previous month (in the general areas of stress, health & wellbeing) and then filter them into four narrower, more specific mailings. One is to the communal email list of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This set of abstracts focuses particularly on cognitive therapy in its many applications (anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, etc). Click on BABCP mailing to see the 30 abstracts (mostly from August journals) that I recently sent out.
A second, and more recent development, is for people who have expressed an interest in keeping up to date with research relevant to compassion - see the post "Proposal for a BABCP special interest group on compassion" - and the Compassion mailing for 6 abstracts that I've recently sent out.
A third mailing is to various people involved with Action on Depression Scotland (AOD). AOD is the only charity specifically working for people with depression who live in Scotland. I've been on their Clinical Advisory Board for some years. These abstracts focus more on depression and many are about antidepressant medication as well as others which overlap with the BABCP mailing on psychotherapy. Click on AOD mailing to see the 19 abstracts recently sent out.
The fourth mailing is to the editor of the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) newsletter. Back in the early 1980's I was on the working party that set up the BHMA. I'm not much involved with them now - partly because many of their original objectives have been achieved and are now mainstream. This month's BHMA mailing contains 38 abstracts covering a multitude of stress, health & wellbeing related subjects including omega-3 fatty acids & ADHD, the value (or otherwise) of crying to improve mood, a series of studies on mindfulness training (including with pain, insomnia and for medical students), effects of adult child unhappiness on parents, effects of holidays, a series of studies on exercise, the ironic effects of dietary supplements, the frequency of long-term intense love, and much more.