“The Moderating Effect of Physical Exercise in Anxiety Disorder: A Review” was published by the European Proceedings of Social and Behavioral Sciences on 6-28-16. This article noted the emerging body of research in support of the benefits of exercise for people with depression. The authors reviewed research about the benefits of exercise for people with anxiety disorders.
“Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial” was published by The Lancet on 7-22-16. The article begins by reviewing the effectiveness of both antidepressant medication and CBT treatment for depression, and notes that research generally finds the two treatments to be “equivalent.” It goes on to review the limitations of both treatment modalities: medication is often too expensive, patients often do not take it consistently, and when they stop taking it depression symptoms may return.
The online news posting service ScienceofUs.com posted Exercising in Nature May Hold Unique Benefits for the Depressed on 7-21-16. This brief article summarizes the emerging trend of research findings that supports the benefits of activity, and exercise, for people with depression, and goes on to report about a unique study that found that exercising outdoors is more beneficial than exercising indoors.
“Food, a Place to Sleep and Other Basic Patient Needs” was published by the New York Times on 7-20-16. This article was written by a physician, and describes the challenges that physicians face when treating patients with psychosocial barriers to treatment compliance.
Courtesy of Kaiser Health News, one of several daily healthcare news posting services that MH concierge monitors, an article published by propublica.org, “The Secret Documents That Detail How Patients’ Privacy Is Breached.” This article reports that the federal agency responsible for monitoring HIPAA violations response to most patient complaints with a “closure letter” that reprimands the healthcare professional and reminding the professional of their HIPAA responsibilities.