Smartphone Apps for Depression
Are smartphone apps for depression effective? Two articles published in 2017 by a group of Australian and American researchers examined the question of whether smart phone apps for depression and anxiety are effective. In both articles the authors comprehensively analyzed the world medical literature for research articles that evaluated the effectiveness of smart phone delivered interventions for either depressive symptoms or anxiety symptoms. The results clearly support the potential for these types of interventions but also discovered some surprising predictors of an effective app. In this article we will summarize the findings on apps for depression. Standalone smartphone apps are more effective than hybrid apps with clinician access In particular, apps that included access to a mental health clinician were ... Read More
Recovering from Disaster
It seems appropriate to write about an aspect of recovering from disaster. We have been through an extraordinary period of natural and human caused disasters these past few months. And while every experience is different, one thing that successful recovery requires, is the capacity to reengage with the world as it is, and with a sense of the possibility of a better future. This is a personal story about that process. I have always loved what I now call the territorial sports: cross country skiing, running, hiking, bicycling, etc. These are sports that involve navigating through the outdoors and the goal of the sport is to cover a fair amount of territory in the process of getting exercise. It wasn't until ... Read More
Bipolar Depression Light Therapy
The news that bipolar depression light therapy may be effective is good news and follows a series of studies this past year highlighting the importance of treatments that affect circadian rhythms by manipulating light and dark in treating mood disorders. Bipolar depression is one of the hardest conditions to treat effectively. Antidepressant medications may have significant side effects, including inducing mania, and often are not helpful. People with bipolar depression often experience sleep problems and lethargy and show other signs suggesting that their circadian rhythms may be disrupted and they may benefit from treatments that enhance those rhythms. The study was a double-blind, placebo controlled study (using a sham red placebo light therapy) of  46 adults with bipolar I or ... Read More
Decision Making
Better decision making is important for many people dealing with how moods can influence our choices. How much self-control do you have?  Do you make the decisions you really want to make?  A new field of brain science is discovering how people make decisions, and how they utilize self-control to make better decisions.  A recent article in Medical Xpress included an informative interview with  ASU Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel McClure and researcher Ian Ballard about their recent study titled "More is meaningful: The magnitude effect in intertemporal choice depends on self-control," published in the journal Psychological Science. McClure and Ballard are particularly interested in the use of neuroimaging to map an experimental subject’s brain activity during an exercise, rather ... Read More
Bipolar at Work
Bipolar At Work: Disclosure and Accommodation Federal law provides important protections for workers who are coping with disabling mental or physical illnesses in the workplace.  Know your rights, and plan carefully for whether, when and how to request accommodations and disclose special needs at work. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against anyone with a health-realted disablitiy in several contexts, including employment.  In order to get this protection, you, the worker, need to explain clearly what difficulties you encounter in completing your job responsibilities and what accommodations you need to perform your job effectively. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) refers to “soft” accomodations as those which may not cost an employer anything, but may enable an ... Read More
Feeling Trapped
Feeling trapped is one of the most painful emotional experiences. The need to escape from this place can sometimes lead us to do things that are irrational and self-destructive. A young woman who I've been working with for couple of years and he was struggled with depression on and off for many years, finally seem to be making some headway in her life with a new relationship and a new job as a supervisor in a department store. Over the course of a couple of months, however, these positive changes begin to cause more and more stress. Her relationship took up a lot of time. And the new job became increasingly demanding when a planned remodel of the store where ... Read More

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