Last updated on 29th February 2012
Last updated on 29th February 2012
Recent research: six studies on depression – pregnancy, young children, antidepressant side effects, SAD & CBT, and suicide risk
Last updated on 30th October 2009
Here are half a dozen recent research papers on depression (all details & abstracts to these studies are given further down this blog posting). Yonkers et al's publication is a very welcome one - "The management of depression during pregnancy: a report from the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists." At last here's a major review giving good advice on this extremely important subject. To learn more it's worth getting hold of a copy of the complete text. You may have access to this through your academic department. If not, authors are usually happy to send a PDF via email when asked to - emails can be dug out via a little Google detective work. Following the [Abstract/Full Text] link will also provide various access routes including a low-cost patient information option. In further work looking at depression
Recent research: six papers with broad social implications – inequality, health insurance, spanking, bullying, and religion
Last updated on 19th October 2009
Here are half a dozen recent research papers with broad social implications (all details & abstracts to these studies are given further down this blog posting). Kay and colleagues publish on "Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be." They report four studies showing how widely this motivation acts - with political power, public funding, gender demographics, and in attacks on those who are trying to work for change. There's relevance here to the second paper by Wilper et al on "Health Insurance and Mortality in US Adults" estimating that, even after adjusting for income, education, health status, weight, exercise, smoking and alcohol use, lack of insurance was associated with about 45,000 excess deaths annually in the United States among people aged 18 to 64. Still in the area of inequality and discrimination, Wexler et al publish on
Last updated on 12th October 2009
I wrote earlier this month on "Attachment, compassion & relationships". I've been aware of John Bowlby's work on adult-child attachment for many years but, when I've approached it for insights that might help in my work as a psychotherapist, I've been put off by the complexity of assessment methods and variety of reported attachment styles, as well as by the rapidly growing size of the relevant academic literature. As Jude Cassidy and Phillip Shaver write in their preface to the 2008 meister work "Handbook of attachment (2nd ed)" - see more details at the end of this blog post - "Anybody who conducts a literature search on the topic of 'attachment' will turn up more than 10,000 entries since 1975, and the entries will be spread across scores of physiological, clinical, developmental, and social psychology journals, will include numerous
Last updated on 19th January 2010
Well I didn't sleep too well last night. Catero, my wife, and I went to the cinema yesterday evening and watched "500 Days of Summer" . I enjoyed it and it got me thinking about relationships. The "Summer" of the title is a woman who doesn't believe in romantic love. She's kind of charming and maddening and, as I biked away from the cinema, I wondered how I would have approached treating her if she had come to me for therapy! Interestingly a newspaper reviewer commented that the film is "weirdly incurious about the inner life of its female lead".
Last updated on 31st May 2009
Here are half a dozen papers on helping kids and adolescents. The Fuligni et al paper found that adolescents experiencing frequent interpersonal stresses tended to have increased levels of C-reactive protein, " ... an inflammatory marker that is a key indicator of cardiovascular risk ... ". Jackson et al showed that in preschool kids each extra hour of regular TV viewing is associated with an extra 1 kg of body fat. This appeared to be due to increases in calorie intake rather than reduction in physical activity. Decreased family accommodation is associated with improved outcome in paediatric OCD, Merlo et al found. Naylor et al found that a six lesson teaching block on mental health benefitted young teenagers. Proctor et al provide a free full text overview of teenage life satisfaction assessment measures, while Wilkinson and colleagues report on 28 week follow-up in a treatment trial for depressed adolescents. The authors found "Depression at 28 weeks was predicted by the additive effects of severity, obsessive-compulsive disorder and suicidal ideation at entry together with presence of at least one disappointing life event over the follow-up period.
Last updated on 12th February 2009
Here are a series of handouts,questionnaires and book suggestions for healthy sexuality, for sexual dysfunctions, and for abuse screening.
Touch, sex & caring - this two page Word handout is rather dated now, but still makes a series of very valid points.
Last updated on 9th February 2009
Here are a series of questionnaires and handouts on couples and also on parenting.
Last updated on 30th October 2008
Here are five recent papers on mothers, families, children and depression. The first is a freely viewable editorial by Markowitz which begins with a quote from the Aeneid "I cannot bear a mother's tears". Markowitz looks at evidence demonstrating the importance of both nature (genetic risk) and nurture (effects of the mother-child relationship and other environmental factors) on psychological outcomes. The second paper is a good overview of postnatal depression by Musters et al. Unfortunately the full text is only viewable if you are a BMJ subscriber or if you pay for the article (or contact the authors). The third study looks at the benefits for children of effective treatment for maternal depression. The fourth paper - a freely viewable editorial by Reiss - looks both at the effects of maternal depression on children and the effects of children's psychological symptoms on mothers. The fifth study is unusual and interesting as it compares the effects of parental depression on both nonadopted and on adopted children.
Markowitz, J. C. (2008). "Depressed Mothers, Depressed Children." Am J Psychiatry 165(9): 1086-1088. [Free Full Text]
Last updated on 30th September 2008
I've been working on the 'Life review, traumatic memories & therapeutic writing' handouts list in the Good Knowledge section of this website. I detail them below: