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As we approach summer here in Southern California, we are aware that many of our friends and colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere are heading into their winter season. This article is a timely reminder that the things we can change such as our thoughts and our behavior, are so powerful that they can actually override the things we cannot change, such as how much sunlight we have each day.
While light therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it only helps about half of the people in subsequent winters. What can give long lasting relief? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored for seasonal affective disorder. Why? Simply put, light therapy works only as long as you are using it. But CBT teaches skills that are useful forever.
[READ WASHINGTON POST] This winter depression treatment lasts longer than sitting under a bright light.
[READ THE ATLANTIC]Therapy Over Lamps for Seasonal Depression: Cognitive behavioral therapy gives longer-term benefits and is less of a time burden than sitting under a light for 30 minutes a day.
[READ MEDICAL NEWS TODAY] Beating the winter blues with cognitive behavioral therapy.
[READ THE RESEARCH ARTICLE] If you are interested, here is the American Journal of Psychiatry article that discuss these very important research findings
We are pleased that BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) asked Dr Christine A Padesky to talk about CBT. Specifically how CBT skills can help people during times of stress. The interview was broadcast December 22, 2015 but we were too stressed to post it then. The GOOD NEWS is that these skills are useful at all times (holidays included).
This is a 6 minute interview with BBC's Jane Garvey. [Mobile users may have to download the BBC iPlayer to listen]
Photo Credits: photo of Padesky Copyright 2015 Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD. All rights reserved.
The most recent film release from Pixar Studios, Inside Out, is an animated study of emotion - their bothersome presence as well as their value to inform. All too often we interpret emotions such as sadness or fear as something to be avoided, as something negative. But the folks at Pixar through animated storytelling provide a view of our emotions that reveal them as helpful to and organizers of our thinking, even essential to our moral code and social behaviors. The filmakers consulted with two eminent experts on emotions (Paul Ekman and Dacher Keltner) and as a result, most of what they portray in the movie is an accurate representation of how our emotions operate. Being a Hollywood film, there are embellishments and some things made up (spoiler alert: Imagination Land).
We offer a series of articles about the film that clarify the role of emotions and which concepts are made up and which are accurate. Hats off to Pixar for helping many people see the benefits and richness of the range of human emotions, from joy through anger, sadness, disgust and fear.
JOY and SADNESS
The animated film, Inside Out, produced by Pixar is a delightful romp through five of our emotions. It highlights the positive impact our emotions produce even those we tend to think of as negative.
Here are some quick introductions to the movie's five featured emotions. Enjoy these flicks and then go to the movie, you will enjoy it even more!
Sadness, disgust, fear, anger and joy. Not a complete account of our emotions but the story would be too complicated if they included more in the film. Look at what happens when just two of these emotions are combined!
Categories: Mind Over Mood
We are pleased to report that Mind Over Mood is listed in the Reading Well Books on Prescription program in the United Kingdom. The book can be seen on their About page: reading-well.org.uk/about
The books have all been recommended by health professionals and have been tried and tested by people with experience of living with the conditions. The program is "endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries." They even provide a "core book list of accredited titles recommended by healthcare professionals that covers a range of common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders."
The following video describes the Reading Well Books on Prescription program. Mind Over Mood appears at 31 seconds, 47 seconds, 2:09, and throughout.
Here is a direct link to their book list of accredited titles. It is in PDF format.
We originally linked to an article in the New York Times on January 11, 2000. The article was titled: "A Pragmatic Man and His No-Nonsense Therapy" and featured Dr Aaron T. Beck at age 78. It describes how he came to develop cognitive therapy and covers his development from a young boy to a brilliant scientist whose endless curiosity led him to develop one of the most successful psychotherapies of all time, Cognitive Therapy.
Categories: Choosing a Therapist
What are some of the things to look for when choosing a therapist?
We strongly urge you to ask some questions before you decide to see a particular therapist. If a therapist will not offer you the opportunity to briefly speak with them on the telephone or offer you some way to find out about their training, qualifications, specialties and experience, then we suggest you look for another therapist.
It’s okay to make a list of questions you want to ask. There are many areas to consider. The following video from the American Psychological Association (APA) features Dr. Keely Kolmes, PsyD.
Categories: Mood Tips
The book Mind Over Mood recently showed up in an episode of the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. We were surprised to see it there and wonder if any of the characters are using it. It looks like the counselor refers to it since it is always at his side.
In this scene, Mind Over Mood is lying open on the counselor's desk (bottom left).
What is CBT NEWS?
We reference noteworthy articles that have appeared in the news regarding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), resilience, skills, strengths, brain science, therapy focus, mood tips, and many different mental health issues. The Categories section lists all topics covered. Click on a topic of interest to view all articles posted under that topic.