Update on Postpartum Depression, study done at Rochester, MN

Update on Postpartum Depression, study done at Rochester, MN

The June 22, 2015, edition of the Wall Street Journal published “Signs of Postpartum Depressi0on May Appear Months After Initial Screening.” (The WSJ provides excellent technology, science and health reporting, with a firewall between their political and tech/science/health articles). The research was done at the Olmstead Medical Center in Rocherster, MN, and found that many new mothers do not show signs of postpartum depression (PPD) until 6 months after giving birth. The study used the PHQ-9. The study measured 3 PHQ-9 scores: a baseline score (4-12 weeks postpartum), at 6 months and at 12 months. The study found that 13.5%

Therapy Resources to Help “Highly Sensitive People”

Therapy Resources to Help “Highly Sensitive People”

On May 18, 2015, the article “Do You Cry Easily? You May Be a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’” was published by the Wall Street Journal. (The WSJ provides high quality articles about health, science and technology, with, as far as I can tell, a journalistic firewall between their political coverage and these issues). This article may be accessed at the WSJ website, but may require a subscription to their online digital edition. It also may be accessed via Facebook, but you need to click on the posting to be linked to the article.

A Remarkable Article About An Online Therapy Program for Treating, and Even Preventing, Depression

The New York Times published an online article on 6-19-15 about MoodGym, an online program that uses quizzes and exercises to help people with depression.  This article, “Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist,” is thorough and covers a lot of territory:  it describes the MoodGym program and some similar programs, reviews research about the outcomes of online therapy programs (mostly positive findings), and discusses why such programs are much more popular in some countries than they are in the US.

Update On Insomnia Treatments: CBT-I vs. Medication, CBT-I Is Best

The New York Times published a detailed article on for 6-8-15, “The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia.” The article discusses the author’s own problems with insomnia, research that he did about treatments, a summary of what he learned about “comparative effectiveness research” on insomnia treatments.  This type of research directly compares the results of one treatment against another, and is probably the best way to evaluate treatment effectiveness- but until recently these studies have been relatively rare.

Behavioral health and weight loss update- two interesting articles

The New York Times, one of the most reliable sources for health and medical coverage in the popular media, recently had two articles of interest to psychologists and other behavioral professionals who are interested in health and wellness. On June 15, 2015, they published “To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More.” The information in this article probably would not be new to dieticians and other medical professionals who are current on the research about weight loss, but it may be helpful to the rest of us who do not have their level of training. The