We got this question from a mother who is wondering what her daughter with bipolar illness might safely listen to on the way to and from work, to help her handle anxiety and stress, coming and going.
Hi, Bellaruth, [Ed note: It’s spelled Belleruth and pronounced Bell-rooth’, with the accent on the second syllable].
I recently attended the AADE conference in Philadelphia and had the pleasure of attending your talk. I found it to be most enlightening.
I am in the process of selecting a piece for each of my children. I have one that is diagnosed with bi polar and struggles with lots of anxiety and stress related issues. She has a long commute to and from work. Do you have a recommendation for something that would be safe as well as helpful for her to listen to while driving?
Investigators from the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä, in Jyväskylä, Finland conducted a two-armed, randomized, controlled trial (RCT) with 79 depressed clients who were also experiencing anxiety, in order to compare the impact of standard care versus Music Therapy (MT) in addition to Standard Care (SC), on symptoms.
The purpose of the study was to examine the mechanisms involved in any improvements that might result from Music Therapy, with particular focus on anterior frontotemporal resting state alpha and theta brain waves*.
Measures were taken at intake and after 3 months, using the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, along with EEG results.
The research team found that music therapy significantly reduced both depression and anxiety symptoms.
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, London, UK, conducted a meta-analysis of Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) to evaluate its short- and long-term effectiveness for treating depression.
Five databases were used (MEDLINE, PsycINFO, EMBASE, CENTRAL and CiNii). Investigators included all randomized, controlled trials with proper concealment and blinding of outcome assessment, for the clinical effectiveness of CCBT in adults (aged 18 and over) with depression.
Using Cohen's method, the standard mean difference (SMD) for the overall pooled effects across the included studies was estimated with a random effect model. The main outcome measure and the relative risk of dropout were included in the meta-analysis.
Researchers from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK, took a first step in identifying a cognitive marker for optimism that could provide a modifiable target for innovative interventions to promote optimism, which research has already shown can benefit general well-being and mental and physical health.
They hypothesized that the ability to generate vivid positive mental imagery of the future would be associated with an optimistic disposition.
A community sample of 237 participants completed a survey comprising measures of mental imagery and optimism, along with socio-demographic information.
Dear Ms. Naperstak [sic],
About a year ago, I was going contemplating leaving my marriage (which I
eventually did) and I was very depressed. I used your guided imagery
CD which was of some help. I have since had ups and downs and right
now am quite down again. However, using the CD now actually brings me
back to last year when I was at my lowest instead of helping me. I
cannot listen to the CD without it bringing up very bad memories now.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
from the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont
looked at the recurrence of SAD (seasonal affective disorder or depression) in
the fall/winter, one year after receiving cognitive behavioral treatment
investigators had previously developed a group cognitive-behavioral therapy
approach (CBT) specifically targeted for SAD and tested its effectiveness in 2
pilot studies that compared outcomes with light therapy.
examines impact during the subsequent winter season (approximately 1 year after
acute treatment), following participants randomized to CBT, light therapy, and
a combination of both treatments. (N=69).
This note was handed to BR by a participant at a workshop:
Eight years ago I lost my son, Brian, when he was 23 years old. Some time afterwards, I found your Grief imagery. I listened to it many times over, and it was a lifeline. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
My experience with the imagery not only helped me with my loss, but inspired me to change careers. I am now a hypnotherapist. Thank you again!
I am also a hospice volunteer and a monitor on an online grief support group. I recommend imagery to all.
I was wondering if there is a CD out for trying to stop controlling everything. I need help with patience. I get easily angered.
Usually impatience, anger and a strong need to control things have a lot to do with anxiety, depression and sometimes even posttraumatic stress.
Sometimes, it just comes from unconsciously adopting the style and psychological defenses of a parent who was like that. It’s more like a stable character trait than something that’s coming from the environment.
Often the roots of it can lie in the past, from a difficult, punishing or abusive parent, spouse or sibling, and we hand the “bill” to the wrong people in our current lives.
Sometimes the reasons are more contemporary – like from being stuck in
an untenable situation that has you feeling trapped and frustrated – and
you may have been in it for so long, you no longer even recognize it as
something that generates anger.
What a wonderfully moving and inspiring poem singer/songwriter Emily Maguire has written. She’s also a survivor of and contender with bipolar illness, and her extraordinary work is the product of her experiences with this frustrating and often difficult condition.
What you see here are actually the lyrics to one of her songs, but, as you can see, the piece works beautifully as a stand-alone poem.
The incomparable Craig Walker posted it on my FB page and it knocked my socks off. Here is how Craig described it:
This is from Emily Maguire. She's an independent music artist out of the UK who wrote the song and a book about her life managing her Bipolar Disorder. Here's a link: http://www.emilymaguire.com/htm/start-over-again-book.htm
I do hope you feature it. Emily is very special and is speaking out about her own experiences and trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness. I know you'll just love her music as well. :)
Researchers from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands investigated the efficacy of writing therapy over the internet as a viable therapy for posttraumatic stress and concurrent depressive symptoms.
The investigators searched the literature for both structured and unstructured strategies. Six studies met eligibility criteria and were included in the analyses. They included a total of 633 participants, of which 304 were assigned to writing therapy.
Across 5 direct comparisons of writing therapy to wait-list control, writing therapy resulted in significant and substantial short-term reductions in PTS and comorbid depressive symptoms.
There was no difference in efficacy between writing therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, but this finding was based on only 2 direct comparisons.