How Often Are Therapists Attracted to Their Clients?

Source: rc-respect/Pixabay Though there are useful guides and tried-and-true methods for finding a therapist that is right for you, feeling comfortable enough to really trust and open up to the new therapist can still be a challenge. This is especially true if you have been a victim of psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse. You may … Read more

The art of idleness

What’s the relationship between rest and creativity, and how can moments of inactivity boost our productivity? Here, creatives explain how rest inspires their work as artists, and why slowing down has such a key part to play Some of the most creative people in history have linked their artistic success to moments of idleness. Mozart, … Read more

Mental Illness Tied to Increased Dementia Risk

Mental disorders in early life are associated with a significantly increased risk of dementia in later years. Results of a large, longitudinal, population-based study showing that individuals hospitalized for a mental health disorder had a fourfold increased relative risk (RR) for developing dementia compared to those who were not hospitalized with a mental illness. In … Read more

Placebo Response in Neuropathic Pain Trials

The study covered in this summary was published in as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Both placebo and nocebo effects can greatly affect the interpretation of outcomes in randomized controlled trials of chronic neuropathic pain treatments. When trials are being designed and interpreted, these effects need to be … Read more

Debate Heats Up on How Best to Treat Gender-Questioning Kids

The past week has seen heated debate about the complex issue of how to best treat children with gender dysphoria, with further developments in a number of US states as well as in Sweden and France. In the United States, more states have moved to prevent the use of any medical treatment, such as puberty … Read more

Biden Touts 4-Step Pandemic Plan, Other Health Initiatives in SOTU

In his first state of the Union address, President Joe Biden urged Americans to not let their guard down against COVID-19, touting a four-step pandemic plan that pledged to make more tests and treatments available, while also promising action on other health inititatives Such as the opioid epidemic and mental health challenges for children. Biden … Read more

‘Robust’ Increase in Tics During the Pandemic Explained?

Updated March 4, 2022 // Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional comments from Davide Martino, MD, PhD, of the University of Calgary, Canada. Early results from a new study show a significant correlation between tic initiation and social media use during the COVID pandemic in adolescents with a preexisting tic disorder. Dr … Read more

Prescription Video Game Focuses Attention in ADHD

A prescription, digital therapeutic shows measureable brain changes that correlate with improved attention control in children with attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Investigators found children who used the video game-based therapy (EndeavorRx) experienced increased brain activity related to attention function, as measured by EEG, which correlated with improvements in objective behavioral measures of attention. “While the … Read more

Markers in Saliva Tied to Gut Disorders in Children With Autism

Dr David Q. Beversdorf Researchers have identified markers in saliva that are differentially expressed in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances. These findings mark the beginning of an understanding of the biological differences separating kids with ASD with, and without, GI disturbances, study investigator David Q. Beversdorf, MD, professor of … Read more