Family Practice Articles of Interest
Primary Care Offers Help for PTSD in Members of Military
Source: RAND Corporation
There is new hope for military members who suffer from PTSD. According to a new study, military who visit a primary care clinic for mental healthcare reported fewer symptoms. The treatment assigns patients to nurse care mangers who are trained to ensure patients remain in care and receive the help they need. “Researchers found that the approach resulted in significant improvements in recovery after one year, as compared to peers assigned to care managers without the added training and teletherapy options.” An estimated 13 to 18 percent of military members suffer from PTSD, anxiety or depression after deployment.
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Apps Can Help in the Treatment of Mental Health Issues
Source: University of Liverpool
Can a mobile app help treat mental health issues such as anxiety and depression? That is the question researchers from both the University of Liverpool and Manchester have teamed up to figure out. The teams have been running a trial of an app called “Catch It.” The app allows its users to identify and understand changes in thinking and behavior due to mood shifts. The app uses some of the key ideas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a therapy psychologists use to help the individual control their problems by changing the way they perceive themselves. As for the app’s impact, Professor Peter Kinderman is quoted as saying “this type of therapy cannot remove problems, but it can help people deal with them in a more positive way.”
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