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Study: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), not medication, drives long-term rewiring of the brain to help reduce psychosis symptoms

Talk­ing ther­a­py changes the brain’s wiring, study reveals for first time (Sci­enceDai­ly):

A new study from King’s Col­lege Lon­don and South Lon­don and Maud­s­ley NHS Foun­da­tion Trust has shown for the first time that cog­ni­tive behav­iour ther­a­py (CBT) strength­ens spe­cif­ic con­nec­tions in the brains of peo­ple with psy­chosis, and that these stronger con­nec­tions are asso­ci­at­ed with long-term reduc­tion in symp­toms and recov­ery eight years lat­er. Read the rest of this entry »

To reduce heart disease and stroke risks, regulate stress and improve brain health

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How stress may increase risk of heart dis­ease and stroke (Sci­enceDai­ly):

Height­ened activ­i­ty in the amyg­dala — a region of the brain involved in stress — is asso­ci­at­ed with a greater risk of heart dis­ease and stroke, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in The Lancet that pro­vides new insights into Read the rest of this entry »

What Everyone Should Know About Stress, Brain Health, and Dance

-- Dancing to the clapping of bands. Egyptian, from the tomb of Ur-ari-en-Ptah, about 3300 B.C. (British Museum.)

– Danc­ing to the clap­ping of bands. Egypt­ian, from the tomb of Ur-ari-en-Ptah, 6th Dynasty, about 3300 B.C. (British Muse­um)

Every­one expe­ri­ences stress at some point in our lives. It is impor­tant to know that stress can harm the brain, and also that dance can be a great avenue for a per­son resist, reduce, or escape it.

Stress can change the phys­i­cal struc­ture and func­tion of the brain, affect­ing wiring and thus per­for­mance of one’s activ­i­ties. Read the rest of this entry »

Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Depres­sion: A change of mind (Nature):

Cog­ni­tive ther­a­py, com­mon­ly known as cog­ni­tive behav­iour­al ther­a­py (CBT), aims to help peo­ple to iden­ti­fy and change neg­a­tive, self-destruc­tive thought pat­terns. And although it does not work for every­one with depres­sion, data have been accu­mu­lat­ing in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear suc­cess sto­ries in psy­chother­a­py,” says Ste­fan Hof­mann, a psy­chol­o­gist at Boston Uni­ver­si­ty in Mass­a­chu­setts…

Anti­de­pres­sant drugs are usu­al­ly the first-line treat­ment for depres­sion. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility

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Dozens of pro­grams to encour­age resilience have been intro­duced in schools all over the world, both to help chil­dren recov­er from trau­ma, but also cope bet­ter with their day-to-day stress­es. Many use tech­niques such as Read the rest of this entry »

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