… Enter a study published Tuesday by researchers in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, which tried but did not succeed in finding a compelling link between internet access and poor mental health and well-being.
Business Insider, for example, declared that the study found no link between social media use and “mental health harm.” Except that’s not what the researchers evaluated. [Read more…] about Study doesn’t find evidence to link internet access with poorer psychological well-being and mental health
There is mounting recognition in the scientific community that combining different treatment approaches for mental health conditions can create a benefit greater than the sum of its parts.
As a clinical psychologist and neuroscience researcher, I have been working to integrate insights from both fields to expand treatment options for those suffering from depression, anxiety and related conditions. Designing a treatment plan that pays careful attention to the sequence and dose of both biological and behavioral therapies might benefit people in new ways that neither approach can achieve on its own. [Read more…] about Next: Harnessing Neuroplasticity, Medication AND Psychotherapy to treat mental health conditions
The impact of physical exercise on ADHD has been examined in a large number of studies. Collectively, these studies have examined whether exercise reduces on core ADHD symptoms, e.g., inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, and strengthens executive functions, e.g., inhibitory control, working memory, and mental health, e.g., emotional and social functioning. Overall, results across multiple studies suggest a positive impact of physical activity (PA) on several of these outcomes in youth with ADHD.
Conclusions based on a single study –no matter how strong the study design and execution may be– are necessarily limited, however. This has led researchers to combine results from multiple studies using a statistical technique called meta-analysis so that more robust and reliable estimates of a treatment’s impact can be determined. [Read more…] about Evidence review: Physical exercise helps boost attention, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control in children and adolescents with ADHD
When you head to your weekly yoga class or lift weights at the gym, you’re doing something good for your physical health: getting more fit today, and so protecting your body into the future.
What you may not always think about, though, is that you’re also protecting yourself from anxiety and depression—about as much as you would be if you were going to therapy or taking medication. At least that’s the conclusion of a very large new study that synthesizes decades of research on exercise and mental health.
The study doesn’t just provide this key insight—in fact, the researchers were also able to identify what kind of exercise and how much of it is best for mental health. [Read more…] about Major evidence review supports an “exercise prescription” for most adults to boost mental health and well-being
Explore many fun events including a daily text challenge, a talk with the always great Dr. Tom Insel, and more!
Important article given that “It typically takes twenty to forty years or more for scientific discoveries to meaningfully benefit human life. We cannot wait that long.” — Wise words!
#3. Sin Salud Cerebral, Usted no tiene Salud –same article, in Spanish, for extra mental stimulation and for sharing 🙂
“En los últimos diez años, los neurocientificos hemos descubierto mucho acerca de cómo funciona el cerebro, cómo mejorar la salud y el funcionamiento del cerebro y la mente a lo largo de la vida, y cómo esto contribuye a nuestra salud y bienestar en general. Únase a nosotros y asegúrese de que los mejores años de su cerebro están aún por venir, recordando que: Sin salud cerebral, usted no tiene salud.”
“(Dancing) generated significantly greater improvements than treadmill walking on one measure of executive function and on processing speed, which is the time it takes to respond to or process information. Compared with walking, dancing was also associated with reduced brain atrophy in the hippocampus – a brain region that is key to memory functioning and is particularly affected by Alzheimer’s disease … We think that social dancing may be more beneficial than walking because it is physically, socially and cognitively demanding – and therefore strengthens a wide network of brain regions.”
“To do so, Alto is pairing a trove of data on EEG activity, genetics, behavioral task measurements and other factors to see which of its drugs fits best with patients who have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The company’s artificial intelligence platform homes in on three buckets: cognition, emotion and sleep.”
“GN Group will integrate Sonde’s Mental Fitness vocal biomarker into its hearing products. The company is already working with Sonde to develop an MCI vocal biomarker. Qualcomm, which has already integrated Sonde’s vocal biomarkers into its mobile device chipsets, has extended the relationship to include its wearable chipsets.”
“To put this into perspective, the likelihood of a seizure from rTMS (0.003%) is lower than that associated with the use of antidepressants and antipsychotics (0.1–1, 5%) … Moreover, when such seizures occur they do so mostly outside the clinician’s office, by contrast with rTMS (Perera et al., 2016). For low intensity tDCS, tACS, tRNS seizure risk is completely absent … As an organisation and representatives of NIBS clinicians and professionals from across Europe, we, the ESBS, therefore disagree with this EU decision and in particular with the factually incorrect justifications of that decision to reclassify TMS and TES as invasive technologies”
Finally, a couple of brain teasers to help you test your mental rotation cognitive skills:
Have a great BrainHealth Week!
Q&A: How Headspace Health’s acquisitions alter its mental health product (MobiHealthNews):
Headspace Health has revealed two acquisitions this year, the latest coming earlier this month when the digital mental health company announced the purchase of mental wellness app Shine. [Read more…] about Headspace Health’s Leslie Witt on the future of mental health: Meditation, text-based coaching, teletherapy, telepsychiatry, and community