It’s important to find a psychologist you connect with and who seems to understand you.
Priscilla Du Preez
Psychologists use a number of different methods, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and behavioural activation. Here's how they work and who they might suit best.
Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective.
These four “natural” therapies for depression have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use.
Around half of prisoners have a substance dependence.
Some drug and alcohol programs
currently used in prisons have little evidence to support them.
A new study has found usual drug treatments won’t work for half of patients.
A new study has found more than half of those in drug treatment have cognitive impairments – meaning treatment won't work for them.
Be still my beating heart…
Research offers some scientific ways to overcome anxiety.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has become a go to for clinicians treating symptoms of schizophrenia. Recent studies suggest that this is a mistake.
1-2% of children refuse to go to school.
The beginning of a new school term is often met with resistance from kids who would prefer to stay on school holidays. But for some parents, getting their kids to go to school is an ongoing battle.
Our genes are important when it comes to aptitude for sleeping soundly.
Talking to a friend about a problem can make matters worse, especially for women.
Taxpayers' money would be better spent on therapies that are proven to work.
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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is not the only game in town when it comes to treating depression in teenagers.
Illness anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition. But it can be treated.
When does a healthy concern about your health tip over into illness anxiety?
University's reasons for not releasing trial data are groundless.
Behavioural activation rivals other therapies and medication in the treatment of depression.
Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.
Talking therapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder is one suggestion. A new study finds that surfing may be beneficial too.
Avoiding or delaying diagnosis means people miss out on treatments that might have eased their suffering.
While it's important to increase the diagnosis of depression and find a treatment plan that suits the individual, simply writing more scripts for antidepressants isn't the answer.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility.
Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymous at a time and place that suits us.
Show me the evidence.
NICE recommends psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
despite a lack of high quality evidence to show that they're effective.
Anger and aggression are the “fight” side of the “fight or flight response”.
You're at the park with the kids. Everyone's having fun, and then a strange dog appears, baring its teeth. Your protective response is the evolutionary function of anger.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals.
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Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.