From Mars to Venus-Couples Sex TherapySeptember 1st 1998
Before Masters and Johnson came on the scene in the late 1950s, any sexual problem was thought to be the result of a deep-seated neurosis that needed to be unearthed. It is now recognized that an understanding of physiology and couples dynamics-along with a practical approach-are required interventions
Caring for the Physician in Couples TherapySeptember 1st 1998
Day in and day out, psychiatrists-especially those involved with couples therapy-counsel and treat patients experiencing relationship problems with their spouses or partners. But what about the psychiatrist having a similar problem in his or her own life? Who does a doctor turn to for guidance and insight regarding such intimate matters?
Brain Imaging Exposes New Information on Cluster HeadachesSeptember 1st 1998
Using positron emission tomography (PET) to examine the cause of cluster headaches, researchers found that the hypothalamic region in affected people consistently lit up, indicating activity in that part of the brain.
Controversial Study Investigates Therapeutic Benefit of PlaceboSeptember 1st 1998
How much of the beneficial effects of anti-depressant medications can be ascribed to the placebo effect? Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., and Guy Sapirstein, Ph.D., addressed this important question in a recent study that appeared in the first volume of the American Psychological Association's online journal, Prevention and Treatment (June 26,1998). Although their methodology and conclusions have met with some controversy, it would be imprudent to invalidate the study and its hypothesis.
Dramatic Alcohol Treatment Results Seen with NaltrexoneSeptember 1st 1998
Results of a multicenter, open-label observational trial of DuPont Merck's REVIA (naltrexone) demonstrated that patients were able to decrease their alcohol consumption from 57 to four drinks per week when the medication was part of an overall treatment program.
The Impact of Psychotherapy on the BrainSeptember 1st 1998
With advances in the neurosciences, and especially in imaging techniques, we stand at the threshold of demonstrating that psychotherapy is a powerful intervention that affects the brain. While it has been intuitively obvious to most clinicians that psychotherapy must work by affecting the brain (how else could it work?), recent breakthroughs in technology demonstrate what kinds of changes occur with psychotherapy.