Behavioural therapy can help people with internet addiction, reveals study

Many people spend hours on the internet every week, but some people can’t pull away. For individuals with internet addiction, there's a type of short-term therapy that can be an effective treatment, according to a small study published Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry

Behavioural therapy can help people with internet addiction, reveals studyResearchers found that 69.4% of men with internet addiction entered remission if they received short-term cognitive behavioural therapy, compared to 23.9% of men who entered remission while being on a waitlist to receive therapy. People in remission were 10 times more likely to be part of the short-term cognitive behavioural therapy group than the waitlist […]

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds study

New research from King’s College London has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds studyIn their study published in Biological Psychiatry, MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies. They found evidence for impaired development of a white matter tract, the […]

Poor sleep associated with high blood pressure, suggests study

A bad night’s sleep may result in a spike in blood pressure that night and the following day, according to new research led by the University of Arizona

Poor sleep associated with high blood pressure, suggests studyThe study, to be published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, offers one possible explanation for why sleep problems have been shown to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death from cardiovascular disease. The link between poor sleep and cardiovascular health problems is increasingly well-established in scientific literature, but the reason for the […]

4 ways to get better sleep naturally

When you wake up in the morning, are you refreshed and ready to go, or groggy and grumpy? For many people, the second scenario is all too common.  If you are having trouble sleeping or sleeping well, the following four techniques may help you sleep better

4 ways to get better sleep naturallyPeople with insomnia struggle to get a good night’s rest and wonder how to sleep better They may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, or fitful sleep – alone or in combination. They may feel drowsy during the day and yet be unable to nap. Insomnia can leave a person […]

Habit change is key to success for weight loss, finds study

Can experts in behaviour change help boost weight loss for overweight people?

Habit change is key to success for weight loss, finds studyMcGill University researchers think so: they report significant results -up to 10% of body-mass loss with this approach. Bärbel Knäuper, Steven Grover and their team worked with nearly 200 overweight participants (both men and women) using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in a year-long program to achieve greater weight loss in a group setting. Their results […]

Insomnia treatment may help ease depression during menopause, reveals study

Right after insomnia treatment, women with depression who received Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) experienced moderate to large reductions in symptoms of the mood disorder, researchers report in Sleep Medicine

Insomnia treatment may help ease depression during menopause, reveals studyWomen going through menopause may have fewer symptoms of depression when they get treatment for insomnia than when they don’t, a recent experiment suggests. Researchers recruited 117 menopausal women with insomnia for the study and randomly assigned them to three groups. One group received cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Another group received a component of CBT […]

Group therapy most effective treatment for anxiety in young people, finds study

Group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could be the best choice of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, according to a new network meta-analysis study from Oxford University, Department of Psychiatry

Group therapy most effective treatment for anxiety in young people, finds studyCBT is a talking therapy designed to help people manage problems by encouraging positive changes in the way they think and behave. It is widely used to treat anxiety and depression, as well as other mental and physical health problems, especially in adults, as it is designed to help people to deal with overwhelming problems […]

UK researchers develop avatar therapy to treat schizophrenia patients

In this study, run by King's College London and University College London, 75 patients who had continued to hear voices for more than a year, were given six sessions of avatar therapy while another 75 received the same amount of counselling

UK researchers develop avatar therapy to treat schizophrenia patientsPatients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead. Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations. The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013. […]