The April, 2016, issue Psychiatric Annals includes, “Use of Psychotherapy in Treatment-Resistant Depression.” The abstract notes that up to 20% of patients with depression suffer from TRD, and the authors advocate for the benefits of including psychotherapy in the TRD treatment plan.
The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published “Sudden Gains in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Process of Change” on 4-21-16. (the link is to the abstract, and the full article must be purchased for $11.95). The article reports on a study of patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) who, fortunately, had a surge of progress, with reduced symptoms and improved functioning that usually was sustained at a 12-month follow-up assessment. The study focused on the therapist’s possible contributions to this “sudden gains” phenomenon, and found that therapists who “demonstrated greater competence in case conceptualization”, and also patients who had experienced
The blog “Research Digest,” published by the British Psychological Society, published “Experienced meditators have brains that are physically 7 years younger than non-meditators” on 4-21-16. This fascinating article reviews research that studied the neurological functioning of 50 experienced meditators (average age =51 and average years of medication = 20) with a matched group of 50 non-meditators.
“How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running,” was posted on 4-21-16. The article reviews research and theory about why running, and other forms of vigorous activity, can be so psychologically helpful. The author notes, “About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the most exciting recent finding in this area is that of neurogenesis.”
The New York Times published “Why Do Girls Tend to Have More Anxiety Than Boys?” on 4-21-16. This article is written by a primary care physician who is also a psychologist, Leonard Sax, MD, Ph. D.. Dr. Sax is the author of four books on parenting. His article provides a thoughtful summary of the issues that are unique to girls, is very sensitive to the developmental and social challenges they are facing, and provides advice about parental interventions and clinical treatment. He ends with: I do prescribe medication, cautiously and judiciously, for the clinically anxious girl. There also is a