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FDA clears first CBT-based digital therapeutic to treat substance abuse disorders

reSET® for Sub­stance Use Dis­or­der. Image Cred­it: Pear Ther­a­peu­tics

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The FDA just approved the first app for treat­ing sub­stance abuse (CNBC):

The app, devel­oped by a start-up called Pear Ther­a­peu­tics, is designed to be pre­scribed by clin­i­cian and used along­side coun­sel­ing.

Pear’s tech­nol­o­gy dig­i­tizes a form of talk ther­a­py called cog­ni­tive behav­ioral ther­a­py, or CBT, which focus­es on “exam­in­ing the rela­tion­ships between thoughts, feel­ings and behav­iors”, Read the rest of this entry »

Questioning brain health status quo in depression and Alzheimer’s

mentalhealthpuzzleTwo good recent pieces in The New York Times bring to the fore­front the need to ques­tion sta­tus quo mind­set and prac­tices about how to mea­sure and enhance brain health.

Sleep Ther­a­py Seen as an Aid for Depres­sion

  • Cur­ing insom­nia in peo­ple with depres­sion could dou­ble their chance of a full recov­ery, sci­en­tists are report­ing. The find­ings, based on an insom­nia treat­ment that uses talk ther­a­py rather than drugs, are Read the rest of this entry »

Closing the Circuit: Helen Mayberg’s research could revolutionize depression treatment

Blue, DepressionAt some point in their lives, 5 to 12 per­cent of Amer­i­can men and 10–25 per­cent of women will suf­fer an episode of depres­sion, mak­ing it the most com­mon­ly diag­nosed men­tal dis­or­der today. Unlike nor­mal sad­ness, which pass­es with time, depres­sion feels unstop­pable and caus­es peo­ple to lose inter­est in near­ly all activ­i­ties. Because it affects a per­son­’s abil­i­ty to eat, sleep, work, and func­tion nor­mal­ly, it exacts a huge cost on the econ­o­my, esti­mat­ed at $30 bil­lion dol­lars annu­al­ly. The cost in human suf­fer­ing can­not be mea­sured.

Mil­lions of peo­ple diag­nosed with depres­sion turn to med­ica­tion as a treat­ment, and many of the most pop­u­lar Read the rest of this entry »

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