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Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism. kids with ball, from shutterstock.com

Autistic kids low on vital social hormone, study suggests

Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
Usually I feel on edge during flight turbulence but recently I employed several techniques that helped to calm me down. Dawid Cedler

High anxiety: how I use mental exercises to ease my fear of flying

Many who suffer from anxiety tend to blame themselves for their "tricky" brains. Compassion-focused exercises can soothe horrible bouts of anxiety, as they did for me on a recent trip home from Bali.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
We know deaths in families have a profound psychological impact. Why, then, do we expect grief to be a tidy process? Michael Shaffner/Flickr

Death and families – when ‘normal’ grief can last a lifetime

When I was three years old my brother was born. He had a heart condition, and after being in and out of hospital for the whole of his little life, he died when I was five. The time after he was gone was…
Silent suffering? The Thinker by Albino Flea

Men, masculine pride and how to cope with depression

Masculinity plays an important role in dealing with problems such as depression. Men often don’t feel able to reach out for assistance because both the symptoms of depression and the act of seeking help…
Treatment allows offenders to develop better coping skills and improve their interpersonal functioning. Shutterstock

The role of therapy in rehabilitating sex offenders

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, I assess and treat sex offenders, ultimately to minimise the risk of reoffending and help keep the community safe. Thanks to the proliferation of research and clinical…
Not that kind of rumination. Jill Clardy

Rumination and remedy: five ways to improve your outlook

It is the events that happen in our lives that determine the state of our mental health, rather than some inherent personal inadequacy or genetic flaw. And psychological processes, such as rumination and…
Sometimes, the walls of the therapy room may simply be getting in the way of recovery. János Balázs

Breaking down the walls of the therapy room

Psychotherapy and psychological treatment are typically private processes, bound by the unique relationship between client and therapist, and by strict rules of confidentiality. But there’s a growing realisation…
Telling people there’s no “cure” for depression or bipolar can leave them feeling like a victim. PA/Paul Faith

People with depression and bipolar must have more choice

An increasing number of people are trying to cope with depression and bipolar in the UK. But we also have an over-reliance on drugs and waiting lists can be a year long for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy…

Text therapy helps ease isolation

A new therapy involving patients receiving text messages has been found to improve the mood of subjects. The program sent…

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