Improving the recognition of borderline personality disorder reports on research that finds that BPD tends to be underdiagnosed and as a result effective treatment is delayed, sometimes for up to a decade or more. The author recommends using an evidence based approach to determine which patients get screened for BPD, particularly patients with MDD, bipolar, PTSD, or panic disorder with Agoraphobia symptoms. This article is posted on 12-24-17 by Current Psychiatry blog.
How exercise is key to successfully quitting smoking reports on research that finds that even moderate intensity exercise “markedly” reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Researchers theorize that exercise helps by increasing the activation of a brain receptor that is the target of nicotine, based on research using mice. There is other research evidence that supports the benefits of exercise to help cope with nicotine withdrawal, but the authors caution, “the mechanisms mediating this effect are unclear.” This article was posted by the science daily blog on 12-21-17.
Building upon an emerging body of research that supports the mental health and, in particular, cognitive, benefits of exercise, researchers are assessing the lower threshold for these benefits – and getting surprising results for very brief, but moderately intensive, exercise. These results support the benefits of mental health clinicians routinely asking patients/clients about their activity level, and “prescribing” brief, and doable, “doses” of exercise/activity.
The New York Times posted “Mindfulness for Children” on 10-28-17. This is part of their ongoing Well blog series, which provides excellent summaries of recent research and developments of interest to the general population interested in health issues. This article reviews potential benefits of mindfulness training for children, including helping them learn self-control, soothe themselves when anxious, and can promote positive attitudes.
On 10-26-17 the online blog ClinicalEdge, published by Clinical Psychiatry News, posted, “Behavioral Activation Effective for Substance Use.” This brief article reviews a study originally published online by the journal Addiction on 9-30-17. Researchers conducted a randomized clinical trial with 263 adult subjects, with follow-up assessment at three, six, and 12 months post treatment.