The OrbIT controller was custom designed to help children with cerebral palsy.
Video games aren't just fun, they can also be potent therapeutic devices. The OrbIT has shown it can help children with cerebral palsy to improve their hand function.
Mindfulness offered no benefit for reducing anxiety or distress in men with advanced prostate cancer.
Hold up: mindfulness training as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment might not work for everyone.
Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden.
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A growing body of research literature suggests time spent gardening is as good for the gardener as it is for the garden.
The generic space of therapy cannot compare to the feeling of a relationship in its natural setting.
It makes no sense to continue relationship counselling in a therapist's office – it is far better to do it in the more natural environment of the home.
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.
Virtual reality is improving in leaps and bounds.
From education to sport to sex, virtual reality has dozens of applications, and we're only just scratching the surface of its potential today.
Dunblane Primary reopening a few days after tragedy.
The odds of recovering from a terrible experience are higher than you might think.
New study looks into depression in adolescence and getting help.
Depression can have a devastating impact when you're young, so what do teenagers think about their experience?
Not all paedophiles act on their attraction.
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The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
The therapeutic relationship can be as important as the type of therapy. In this photo, occupational therapist Carly Rogers (second from left) talks to military veterans at the surf therapy program she founded, in Manhattan Beach, California.
While evidence suggests that the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of psychotherapy, the impact of the relationship often isn't studied in clinical trials for trauma survivors with PTSD.
Therapy, drugs or exercise? The depression treatment journey can be difficult to navigate.
So you're depressed. You know this because a health profession has told you so, or because there is no mistaking the symptoms. Perhaps you've been depressed before. What now?
Take one mental health issue, then add the label of a disorder, then see if therapists apply their own prejudices.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism.
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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.
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.
Parental responsibilities may motivate people with mental illnesses to remain in treatment.
By better supporting at-risk families we can prevent the 'transmission' of mental illness from parents to children.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
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.
For people with severe depression, incorrect application can worsen their condition or cause memory loss.
Around 350 million people worldwide have depression. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to treat the condition, alongside talking therapies and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise…
We know deaths in families have a profound psychological impact. Why, then, do we expect grief to be a tidy process?
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…
Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
The recent string of major child sexual assault scandals, in Australia and other countries, can create a feeling of disgust and an urge to look away from an ugly reality. Yet we must confront and take…
The Thinker by Albino Flea
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…