Does Cognitive Therapy Enhance Exposure Therapy?

A neat study was published recently exploring this topic. In the OCD literature, research has typically compared exposure response prevention (ERP) treatment to cognitive therapy (CT). Both are shown to be effective, but the literature is larger for ERP interventions. However, what about combining them? Here’s the reference: Rector, N. A., Richter, M. A., Katz, […]

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Smartphones, Depression, and Anxiety

There is increasing concern on the effects of smartphone use on mental health. Several researchers have highlighted associated problems, including the effects upon sleep (see previous article), depression, and anxiety. In fact, there are several papers that consider certain smartphone use to be an addictive behavior. At the same time, if you do a literature […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 3: Sleep And Smartphones

Last time I reviewed how tv and video games can affect sleep. Smartphones need their own article. Smartphones are potentially more of a problem because unlike other devices they can alert a sleeping person to incoming calls/texts/messages. In fact, at least 30% of teens report being woken up during the night by their phone. In […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 2: Sleep, TV, And Video Games

I probably don’t have to state this, but sleep is super important! Both the amount and quality of sleep are associated with cognitive functioning, memory, attention, and academic performance. Sleep is also related to physical health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and mental health including depression and substance use. For teens, who need sleep badly, […]

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Does Anxiety Cause Depression, or Depression Cause Anxiety?

Everyone knows that anxiety is related to depression, and that depression is related to anxiety. But that often seems to be the end of the discussion. Have you ever wondered how they are related or, specifically, whether certain anxiety disorders are more related to depression than others? If you have, a recent meta-analysis assessed this […]

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