Anxiety


New Research Questionnaires

Can you help with our research aimed at validating two new scales to measure mood and anxiety symptoms? The goal is to involve as broad an age range (from 18 upwards) as possible, equal representation of males and females, and people from different cultural and educational backgrounds. The title of the study is: Pilot observational […]

Therapy in Kansai area

I often get inquiries from people looking for counselling and therapy in the Kansai area. I would like to introduce 2 friends of mine who practice in Kansai, Lil Wills in Kobe and Colin Zimbleman in Kyoto. A fellow Brit, Lil is a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.) Colin is from […]

Royal College of Psychiatrists website resources

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is UK is the professional body that is responsible for the higher training of UK psychiatrists. The author has a conflict of interest here as a member. It has an active website that also contains a number of resources that might be of interest, including information about mental disorders […]

The prevalence of mental health problems

A reuters article last week (available here) reported that according to a release from Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s office ahead of his mental-health initiative, one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year. This seems to have caused some surprise in some quarters but the […]

Headspace as online intervention

A client recommended an online intervention to me called Headspace (available here) that they have found useful. I am very enthusiastic about these online cognitive therapy based resources and think they can really complement counseling and psychotherapy. I always recommend such resources to my clients in Tokyo. However, a recent study published in BMJ (available […]

Find a counselor or psychotherapist

For those in Japan, I wanted to provide this link to International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ) of which I am currently the board secretary. The IMHPJ website is a very useful resource for those who are seeking to find a counselor or psychotherapist in just the Kanto/Tokyo area or anywhere in Japan. IMHPJ is […]

Psynary: online psychiatric assessment for depression

Psynary is an online psychiatric assessment tool that helps patients make sense of their own mental health and monitor the effectiveness of any treatment they start. There is ample evidence in the literature that treatment outcome monitoring is central to maximizing the effectiveness of any intervention, particularly treatment with medication.  Psynary aims to help patients […]

Validation in relationships

I found an interesting article on `validation` by Hall at Psychology Today (here) . It divides the techniques used for validation into 6 steps and has some worked examples. The article seems to be targeted at couples where one side feels the other is not sufficiently attentive or empathic. I would recommend the article for […]

Future mental health care for depression and anxiety

A colleague attended this conference a couple of weeks ago in New Zealand. The conference was not specific to mental health. However, the presentations give a clear indication of how healthcare is likely to change in future, and there are reasons to think mental health care for conditions such as depression and anxiety may lead […]

Workouts for depression at Moodgym

There is a growing evidence base behind several online cognitive-therapy-based interventions for major depressive disorder. Among my patients Moodgym seems to be the most popular. I cannot recommend this free service enough for patients with depression. Please give it a go.