Questions and Answers about Cognitive Therapy from Judith Beck

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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research Q: What is cognitive therapy? A: Cognitive therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in over three hundred clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more …

Vortioxetine a New Antidepressant

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Vortioxetine (Brintellix) is a new antidepressant that has a range of effects on serotonin receptors, making it different from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most common type of antidepressants, which work only on the serotonin transporter. Researcher Johan Areberg et al. reported at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association that the drug is an antagonist at receptors …

Lithium versus Quetiapine for Bipolar Disorder

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In a recent study comparing the efficacy of lithium and the second-generation antipsychotic quetiapine, the drugs had remarkably similar results. Researcher Andrew Nierenberg et al. presented the results at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. By the end of the 6-month study period, most patients had improved substantially, but only about a quarter of each group became …

Neurobiological Bases for Mood Disorders

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The last couple of years have seen some quite significant advances in our understanding of brain function and mood disorders. New tools for measuring what’s going on and for guiding treatment and entirely new approaches to treatment.  We’ve started using a genetic screening tool that in about 1/3 of patients with treatment resistant depression, yields insights about the most effective …

Gateway Psychiatric Blog

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Welcome to the Gateway Psychiatric Blog. We plan on posting information about what is going on in the clinic and about changes to this website. This is also a place for readers to make requests (simply attach a “Comment” to this post). The website is a work in progress right now (July 2014) and we have lots of plans to …