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Prevention of Winter Depression

Dr Shock
September 23, 2009
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Winter Depression can be succesfully treated with bright light therapy. Across studies, 53% of cases of SAD remit with bright light therapy. This involves sitting in front of full-spectrum lights that mimic sunlight on a regular basis — typically for about 30 minutes to 60 minutes each morning. Sometimes one or two weeks is sufficient but some patients will need this for the whole season. This hampers compliance with this therapy, only 41% of patients continued regular light therapy, 59% discontinued light therapy due to ineffectiviness and inconvenience. More important is the prevention of the .....read more »

Computer Based Psychotherapy

Dr Shock
April 28, 2008
Patients often improve more with computer based cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy than with conditions such as waiting list control or care as usual, says a recent review. This is coupled with an over 50% cut in usual therapist time. This review is published in a book: Hands-on Help Computer-aided Psychotherapy. A book review in the Am. J. PsychiatryHands-on Help is a narrative review of the mushrooming field of computer-aided psychotherapy for mental health problems as a whole, from the time it began in the 1960's through to the present day. The many types of computer-aided psychotherapy and how each might be .....read more »

Is it a chronic depression or personality disorder

Dr Shock
May 30, 2007
This is one of the hardest questions to answer especially if your working on a inpatient unit with depressed patients. They are mostly severely ill for a long time and demoralised when they get admitted. To get a clear picture of what is wrong we usually get rid of all psychopharmacological drugs for diagnostic purposes. That's why i find this article of major importance, clearly written by experienced clinicians. The table offers clinical features that may help differentiate chronic depression from personality disorder. Guidelines:1. avoid unsupported conclusions based on nonresponse2. bear in mind that depression is likely to make personality .....read more »

Give Your Mind A Workout, online cognitive therapy

Dr Shock
May 27, 2007
Give Your Mind A Workout on Finding OptimismThis is an article on one of my favorite blogs. It is a review of a website. This site offers selfhelp with depression based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This review descibes how this website works as well as the pros and cons.Article in British Medical Journal about psychotherapy on the internet.The reviewed website: http://www.moodgym.anu.edu.au/ ..read more »