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In China, COVID-19 Outbreak Leads to Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

Chinese citizens showed acute posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to study results published in medRxiv. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was the most common psychiatric disorder to arise after the SARS outbreak, with medical staff being significantly affected. COVID-19, first reported in Wuhan, China, in…

Alcoholics Anonymous May Increase Abstinence Compared With Other Treatments

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) appears to be more effective than other established treatments for alcohol use disorder, a new analysis of research suggests. Researchers analyzed 27 studies involving more than 10,000 participants. The analysis showed between 22% and 37% of AA participants remain abstinent, compared with between 15% and 25% of people receiving…

Ultrasound can temporarily increase mood, study suggests

A study recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that targeting a region of the prefrontal cortex with transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) — a new ultrasound technique — may temporarily elevate mood. The findings could both open the door to further mood-enhancing techniques and support further research into consciousness.…

Common ethical missteps and how to avoid them

When it comes to issues of professional competence, APA’s Ethics Code requires psychologists to prepare before practicing in a new area, typically through advanced coursework, training or at least supervision. That’s a lesson licensed child and family psychologist Nancy McGarrah, PhD, says she wishes she’d learned earlier in her career—before…

WHO gives advice on handling mental health toll from the coronavirus

The World Health Organization acknowledged that the coronavirus is causing stress in the global population and published mental health tips that include specific advice for health-care workers, caretakers of children or older adults, and people in isolation. The guidelines, which were released last week, were developed by WHO’s mental health department and…