Author Archives: JLake

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET) for PTSD and Phobias

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)–What it is and how it works VRGET is a technology-based exposure therapy with important implications for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as severe phobias that are difficult to treat using … Continue reading

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Regular exposure to high-density negative ions for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Regular exposure to high density negative ions may be as effective as bright light therapy for seasonal depressed mood I recently posted a blog on the health benefits of light. In addition to bright full-spectrum light and (to a lesser … Continue reading

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Urgent Need for Transforming Mental Health Care

Existing models of care and conventional therapies are limited Existing models of care and available conventional treatment approaches fail to adequately address the global crisis of mental health care. Mental illness accounts for about one-third of the world’s disability caused … Continue reading

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Increasing Use of Alternative Therapies for Mental Health

Persons diagnosed with a major psychiatric disorder are significantly more likely to use CAM treatments than the general population, and the majority of people who use CAM to self-treat a mental health problem take prescription medications concurrently. Almost one-half of … Continue reading

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Steady Growth in Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In the North America, Europe, and other industrialized world regions, an increasing percentage of the population is using complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to treat or selftreat medical and mental health problems. A large patient survey (N = 7,503) found … Continue reading

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Limitations of conventional approaches used to evaluate depressed mood

Approaches used in biomedical psychiatry to evaluate depressed mood provide ambiguous information about possible underlying biological or other causes. Conventionally trained psychiatrists rely on structured interviews to obtain salient information about medical, psychiatric, family and social history that may be … Continue reading

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Depression causes an enormous economic and social burden

Depression is one of the most serious and costly health problems facing the world today. Because of the high incidence of suicide and other medical or mental illness in depressed individuals, depression is regarded as the leading cause of death … Continue reading

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Complementary and alternative treatments of bipolar disorder

A large percentage of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder use complementary and alternative approaches together with prescription medications however there is little evidence for the safety and efficacy of many CAM therapies. The most appropriate and effective treatment approach should … Continue reading

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Limitations of conventional medications used to treat bipolar disorder

Different medications are used to treat bipolar disorder including mood stabilizers (e.g. lithium carbonate and valproate), antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedative-hypnotics. Mood stabilizers do what the name implies, that is they keep the mood from going up and down between episodes … Continue reading

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Poor sleep habits increase the risk of relapse in persons with bipolar disorder

Abnormal sleep is known to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sleeping too little or too long, as well as chronic insomnia significantly increase the risk of illness and death related to cardiovascular disease. This is probably related to … Continue reading

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