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Study: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) + Medication outperforms CBT alone to treat ADHD symptoms among adults. At the same time…

adult_adhdAlthough med­ica­tion is the pri­ma­ry treat­ment for adults with ADHD, and has good empir­i­cal sup­port, many adults would rather not take it. For these adults with ADHD, it would be help­ful to know whether med­ica­tion is like­ly to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits above and beyond those they would gain from well-con­duct­ed ther­a­py, or whether they are like­ly to derive rough­ly equiv­a­lent ben­e­fits from ther­a­py alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

– Inci­dence rate of demen­tia per 1,000 per­son years in CFAS I (twen­ty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at base­line inter­view. Source: Study linked below.

 

 

Time for a new edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ eNewslet­ter, full of fas­ci­nat­ing brain stud­ies and emerg­ing think­ing and tools for life­long men­tal health and per­for­mance. Hap­py read­ing!

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

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Have a great month of May!

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Study: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) beat usual care for chronic back pain

behavioral healthStudy finds mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion offers relief for low-back pain (NIH release):

Mind­ful­ness based stress reduc­tion (MBSR) and cog­ni­tive-behav­ioral ther­a­py (CBT) may prove more effec­tive than usu­al treat­ment in alle­vi­at­ing chron­ic low-back pain, accord­ing to Read the rest of this entry »

Systematic evidence review finds cognitive behavioral therapy as effective as antidepressant medicines in treating depression

mentalhealthtreatmentsDepres­sion: Treat­ment Beyond Med­ica­tion (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Major depres­sive dis­or­der affects near­ly 7 per­cent of peo­ple in the US aged 18 and up, accord­ing to the Depres­sion and Bipo­lar Sup­port Alliance. Those who seek treat­ment will most like­ly be pre­scribed a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion anti­de­pres­sant med­ica­tion such as a selec­tive sero­tonin reup­take inhibitor (SSRI), tri­cyclic anti­de­pres­sant (TCA), or a monoamine oxi­dase inhibitor (MAOI). Some recent stud­ies, though, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain scans may predict depression risk better than clinical rating scales, paving the way for earlier preventive treatments

depression-children-brain-scanBrain Scans Could Iden­ti­fy Kids at Risk of Depres­sion (Smith­son­ian):

One of the most fright­en­ing aspects of depres­sion is the fact that, once some­one suf­fers a depres­sive episode, they’re very like­ly to have anoth­er. And depres­sion itself often brings oth­er ills, from sub­stance abuse to heart dis­ease Read the rest of this entry »

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