The Neuropsychotherapist

The Neuropsychotherapist October 2017

The Neuropsychotherapist is the quintessential publication bridging the gap between science and the practice of psychotherapy for mental health professionals.

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The polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges has given us a remarkable insight into the relationship between mental states and the hierarchical functions of the nervous system. Of particular interest to clinicians is its perspective on affect regulation, social engagement, and fear responses, which takes us beyond the central nervous system to consider the importance of the peripheral nervous system. Porges’s research has broadened our understanding of the autonomic nervous system through his description of the branches of the vagus nerve and the role they play in stress and trauma, and in regulating relaxation and social engagement. We are fortunate this month to have an article from Porges’ recent book, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, which introduces his polyvagal theory and explains why…

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OCTOBER 8-12 WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry Berlin, Germany Psychiatry of the 21st Century: Context, Controversies and Commitment You can look forward to an excellent scientific programme with renowned speakers from all over the world. Under the theme “Psychiatry of the 21st Century: Context, Controversies and Commitment” the WPA XVII WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY will consider all relevant mental disorders and take a close look at current developments in prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation. This World Congress offers an ideal opportunity to take stock of the state of psychiatry in the early part of the 21st century and share the vision and future direction of exciting developments in the field. In addition to focussing on new developments in research and clinical practice the congress will consider the human rights of people with mental illnesses…

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one in four girls is depressed at age 14

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000–01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. At ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14, parents reported on their children’s mental health. Then, when they reached 14, the children were themselves asked questions about their depressive symptoms. Based on the 14-year-olds’ reporting of their emotional problems, 24 per cent of girls and 9 per cent of boys suffer from depression. The research, published with the National Children’s Bureau, also investigated links between depressive symptoms and family income. Generally, 14-year-olds from better-off families were less likely to have high levels of depressive symptoms compared to their peers from poorer homes. Parents’ reports of emotional problems were roughly the same for boys…

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music & brain stimulation to improve memory

Baycrest will embark on the first study combining music therapy with brain stimulation to improve memory among patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). This study could pave the way to developing an affordable and easy-to-use treatment for MCI patients, who face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Claude Alain, assistant director and senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI), will work with MCI patients to study the benefits of listening to music they enjoyed in the past, paired with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)—a non-invasive and painless form of brain stimulation that transmits a very low-intensity current through the skull. Research has demonstrated that listening to music improves the mood and well-being of older adults with dementia, and may also stimulate social interaction by “bringing back” past memories for these…

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my partner is depressed, what can i do?

My Partner Is Depressed, What Can I Do? by Bronwyn Barter Reviewed by Gunnel Minett My Partner Is Depressed, What Can I Do? by Bronwyn Barter (2017). New York, NY: Strategic Book Publishing. 168 pp. Paperback £11.73. Available from Amazon.co.uk Just Part of Biology When someone breaks a leg, we do not hesitate to take the person to see a doctor and get help, or the leg will not mend properly. But when the same person is depressed the solution is less clear. Somehow the psychological problem is not considered as straightforward as the physical problem. Rather, there is often stigma attached to psychological ailments, where they are seen as self-inflicted and/or as a weakness that we should hide from others. Such negative attitudes can make the problem worse and are far-removed from the…

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the psychotherapist’s essential guide to the brain

The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain is a 147 page full-colour illustrated guide for psychotherapists describing the most relevant brain science for today’s mental health professionals. Taken from the best of the series published in The Neuropsychotherapist, and completely revised, this book represents an easy to read guide for anyone working in the mental health arena. “This book presents a thorough and clear introduction to the neuroscience that’s essential to today’s psychotherapist. Matt Dahlitz has done so much withThe Neuropsychotherapist journal and this book takes a next step. It is an excellent resource. It truly is exactly what it says on the cover and provides engaging discussion on the pathology of oft-encountered disorders and their brain basis together with insights into how awareness of the neuroscience underpinning effective therapy can…