Study confirms parent-child boundary problems for kids with BPD

“Parent-Child Boundaries Link to BPD and Adolescents” discusses a recent study of dynamics and families with adolescents with borderline personality disorder. This study is the first one actually measure such boundaries during adolescence. Many theorists have hypothesized that children who develop borderline personality disorder have disturbed relationships with their parents.

“Researcher allegiance effects” found to confound treatment effectiveness studies: CBT and psychodynamic may be equivalent?

Two intriguing studies of treatment effectiveness have controlled for “researcher allegiance effects” and found that CBT may not be as effective as claimed in the past, and psychodynamic therapy compares favorably to CBT.  One study finds serious methodological flaws with much of the research that has resulted in the claim that “CBT is the Gold Standard for therapy.”  Another intriguing study, using improved methodology, finds stronger support for psychodynamic therapy than previous studies, and concludes that it’s effectiveness may be comparable to CBT.

Two important articles on suicide prevention

Two important articles on suicide prevention

The Journal of the American Medical Association , published “Getting Serious about Reducing Suicide; More “How” and Less “Why”,  on 11-2-15.  The authors discuss suicide as a public health illness or disorder. The article reviews some interesting research support of reducing access to guns by people at risk, and recommends that the CDC follow-up by doing more specific public health research on the problem.

A Prominent Psychiatrist on Psychological/Behavioral Hygiene for the Brain as We Age

The NYT Sunday edition for 10-26-15 published a commentary by Richard Friedman, MD, which provides an excellent update on research outcomes for “brain hygiene.” In the article, “Can You Get Smarter?”, Dr. Friedman disputes the idea that we can increase our intelligence with various brain training exercises, but he also reports on research that supports the actual (limited) benefits of brain training programs, and also reviews the (more substantial) brain benefits of exercise and an active social life in our later years.  He also reviews the (limited) benefits of antidepressant and stimulant medication for general brain health.

Research in support of the benefits of psychological treatment for schizophrenia

The treatment of schizophrenia has focused on medication and social support services, but recent research, reported in the New York Times, has supports the benefits of psychological treatment.  “Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia” describes a major study that found that more emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy provided more benefits for patient recovery than the usual drug-focused treatments.