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A ‘brainwave’ to help fight PTSD

(HealthDay)—Technology using a patient's own brainwaves might offer hope against tough-to-treat PTSD, new research suggests. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop as a reaction to a terrifying event, such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault and other physical violence or trauma. People with the condition may have prolonged anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares

Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery!

I’ve had the privilege to be mentored by some exceptional clinicians including renowned trauma specialist Babette Rothschild and senior clinicians from Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech. Babette’s Somatic Trauma Therapy and mentoring has strengthened my clinical practice and broadened my mind to further consider the modalities I integrate into my practice (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy).

Art Therapy as an Intervention for Psychosis

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor Expressive therapies are "complex interventions that combine psychotherapeutic techniques with activities aimed at promoting creative expression."1 The 2014 guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults recommend these modalities — including art

PTSD Research Highlights Early Intervention Strategies

December 21, 2016 Share this content: Emotional numbing after a traumatic event leads to social withdrawal. Intrusive memories of a traumatic event and the associated physiological reactions to those memories in the acute period after the event appear to play a central role in the development of post traumatic stress disorder, suggests findings

PTSD Risk Following Unexpected Death of a Loved One May Be Predictable

December 15, 2016 Share this content: Risk factors can predict PTSD following the death of a loved one. Certain risk factors can strongly predict the risk of a person developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the unexpected death of a loved one, suggests a new study in Depression and Anxiety. “Preliminary evidence suggests that

DBT Evidence Based Treatment for BPD!

This article was written by Peter King - Specialist therapist & educator in DBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy & Mindfulness. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, also known as DBT, is often seen as an option for GPs and mental health professionals seeking referral options for individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Managing Chronic Pain

This article originally appeared on Clinical Pain Advisor. SAN ANTONIO — Still a recent form of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines dialectics and mindfulness meditation for therapeutic purposes.1 The goal with this method is to help patients “gain insight and skills to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.” A

SPECT Imaging Offers More Accurate Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been all over the news — and consequently on the minds of Americans. Yet, TBI is neither a new problem nor a rare malady. TBI ranges from mild TBI (concussion), moderate TBI (usually associated with a loss of consciousness at the time of injury), and

SfN: CBT May Improve PTSD, Depression Through Common Biological Mechanism

November 18, 2016 Share this content: The dimensional brain-behavioral associations could potentially serve as an imaging marker to index inter-individual differences in treatment responses. Researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an effective treatment for both depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may work by normalizing cognitive control and emotional regulation dysfunctions in