TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Keeping away from one another is crucial for stopping the coronavirus. But that distancing also risks keeping people away from vital support.
"It's a real danger," said Mike Marshall, executive director of Oregon Recovers, a coalition of addiction recovery groups. People in recovery, he said, rely on group meetings to provide community and accountability. Showing up regularly to say, "I'm Mike, I'm an alcoholic," is a way of defining his problem while asking for help from people in the same room.
TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 -- Intensifying a standard form of brain stimulation may bring relief to people with hard-to-treat depression, a preliminary study suggests.
The study involved just 21 patients, but the treatment sent 90% into remission within a few days. That's a success rate that has never been seen in early testing of other therapies for severe depression, the researchers said.
WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 -- For people who want to stop drinking, the world's oldest alcohol support group is still the best way, a new review concludes.
In an analysis of 27 studies, researchers found that Alcoholics Anonymous was typically more effective than behavioral therapies when it came to helping people remain abstinent. AA also appeared as good as those therapies in reducing excessive drinking, and the consequences of it.
TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 -- Can a self-help strategy built on daily expressions of gratitude keep depression and anxiety at bay? Don't count on it, researchers say.
That's the takeaway from a review of 27 studies involving nearly 3,700 participants. Each study focused on the impact of so-called "gratitude interventions" -- such as "Three Good Things," in which people reflect on three things that went well that day, or a "gratitude visit," in which a person writes a thank you letter and reads it aloud.