Do Statins Damage Mental Health?

I just read a new report. It turns out that drugs that lower cholesterol, including statins, damage memory. The article appears in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The lead author is Brian Strom.| http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26054031 The findings are … Read More

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Do You Need An Antidepressant?

Here is a simple method of telling whether you actually have to take an antidepressant, based on solid science.   Leave comments, refer your colleagues and clients.

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GUT HEALTH and MENTAL HEALTH

When I started exploring lifestyle interventions a few years ago, I thought that interventions like coaching clients toward healthy eating and more physical exercise (among at least ten or twelve others!) were useful and interesting additions to my clinical skills. … Read More

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IS THE DODO DEAD?

I have recently posted two Dodo Bird articles, arguing that when it comes to psychotherapy, all models seem to get approximately the same results. Now I say that the Dodo Bird is Wrong!  In my post, “Is Mental Illness A … Read More

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MEDITATION: CAN IT BE A STAND-ALONE TREATMENT?

In a new study just released, group mindfulness treatment was just as effective as individual cognitive therapy in treating depression.[1] As usual, the actual article is behind a paywall, but if you sign up for online library services through your … Read More

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CAN SELF HELP REALLY HELP?

Automatic happiness? Sounds like a science fiction story about cheery robots. But that’s our topic for today. It turns out that online help automates mental health. How can that be bad? Well, only research can tell us how good or … Read More

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AN HERB FOR DEPRESSION?

Curcumin (the colorful component of turmeric, an Indian cooking herb) seems to work just as well as fluoxetine (Prozac ™) for treatment of unipolar depression. It is related to ginger, and grows wild and cultivated throughout Southeast Asia. Curry’s yellow … Read More

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The Lifestyle Treatment

A recent report in The American Journal of Public Health shows that social isolation is as dangerous for our health, as we age, as smoking or weight problems. Social isolation is a lifestyle issue. Some people turn away from others, … Read More

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I WAS RIGHT ABOUT FOOD!

At this year’s American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco, just completed, Dr Drew Ramsey, MD, talked about three large studies suggesting that what we eat does have a large impact on our moods. He reviewed Sanchez-Villega’s large study of … Read More

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD COW

In an interview with me, Dr. Charles Raison, University of Arizona School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the School of Agriculture, discussed the shocking hypothesis that we are sicker because we are too clean. At the risk of … Read More

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