CBT books the best therapy for depressionby Annalisa Lista - 2013.01.28
Reading books is more effective than pills or therapy when it comes to treating mental disorders, especially depression, according to a study published in Plos One. The research studied a sample of 281 patients in the UK with mild symptoms divided into two groups. The first group were given a self-help book that followed the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, while the second group underwent a series of traditional therapies based on therapy sessions and antidepressants. After four months, the group that read the CBT guide showed greater signs of improvement. CBT concentrates the patient on the present, rather than analysing and re-living memories and childhood traumas. The therapy helps to identify and modify thought disorders and irrational mental patterns.
Hyperactivity calmed at school by designing comics
Designing comics in class helps calm anxiety, aggression, anger and outbursts of rage. An approach that has worked in the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, located in difficult New York suburbs. It is used with students with special education needs – autism, health and family problems and hyperactivity – to reduce Read More.
The Fidget Spinner is first and foremost a toy for autistic children
A hit with children all over the world, few know that the Fidget Spinner was created as a toy for those suffering from autism. The rotating top that is kept moving by expert pressure of the fingers has been around since the 1990s. It was invented by Catherine Hettingher, an Read More.
Treating severely autistic children with electroconvulsive therapy
Electroconvulsive therapy - in which a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure - is now being used in the US as a treatment for severely autistic children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviour. The BBC has been given access to film a child being treated using Read More.
A leading manager despite ADHD and dyslexia
Despite the fact that he is hyperactive and suffers from dyslexia sixty-year-old Selim Bassoul, is the manager of one of the largest companies in America, Middleby Corporation. He rarely writes emails and reports, does not use Facebook nor Linkedin and takes part in few exhausting meetings. How does he manage Read More.
“The Good Doctor” puts autism at center of new prime-time TV Drama
The American commercial broadcast television network ABC will introduce a prime-time drama this fall featuring a lead character on the autism spectrum. The hour-long drama, “The Good Doctor,” focuses on Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who has left his quiet life in the country to Read More.
The little girl with Down’s Syndrome received a great gift from grandma
A clothing business dedicated entirely to individuals with Down’s Syndrome. Karen Bowersox, owner and founder of Downs Design Dreams, that was launched in 2010, had the idea as a result of seeing how difficult it was for Maggie, her 12-year old grandchild with Trisomy 21, to get dressed every day. So, this Read More.