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Grief Counseling Project for Bereaved People Amidst COVID-19 in Mainland China

By Jianping Wang, MD, PhD, Beijing Normal University Jianping Wang, MD, PhD is a member of the Beck Institute International Advisory Committee and has done extensive CBT training through Beck Institute. We are pleased to share this blog about her important work preparing grief counselors in mainland China to deliver effective interventions to people who […]

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Study IDs Potential New Drug Target for Schizophrenia
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Study IDs Potential New Drug Target for Schizophrenia

Japanese researchers have discovered a deficiency in the brains of people with schizophrenia. The findings could lead to the development of new drug therapies. For the study, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan conducted post-mortem exams (autopsies) and discovered that schizophrenia was linked to lower-than-normal levels of S1P, a type […]

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Suicide Prevention During COVID-19
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Suicide Prevention During COVID-19

By Francine Broder, PsyD Suicide continues to increase in the United States and around the world (Hedegaard et al., 2020), and it is within this context that COVID-19 showed up. Risk factors associated with an increase in suicide, such as social isolation and an economic downturn, are front and center as we all grapple with […]

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Trauma Experts Provide Tips to Cope with COVID-19
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Trauma Experts Provide Tips to Cope with COVID-19

In a new study, New York researchers suggest effective ways to cope with stress during the current COVID-19 crisis. Investigators reviewed strategies that were helpful for residents in the New York metropolitan area after traumatic events, including the 9/11 terror attacks. Dr. Steven Jay Lynn, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, doctoral student Craig Polizzi and […]

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The Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) Difference: Activating Positive Cognitions Rather than Deactivating Negative Cognitions
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The Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) Difference: Activating Positive Cognitions Rather than Deactivating Negative Cognitions

This recent article by Dr. Aaron T. Beck describes the biological underpinnings of an individual’s responses to various situations, and how these responses can create cognitive biases that may influence an individual’s personality and potential psychological disorders. It then explains a recent shift in psychology, from centering therapy on the correction of negative symptoms and […]

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Being a ‘Fun’ Kid Linked to Higher Social Status
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Being a ‘Fun’ Kid Linked to Higher Social Status

In a new study, researchers investigated whether being a “fun” kid can contribute to popularity or being well-liked among peers. They found that the fun-status association can work both ways: Being fun can lead to higher social status, while higher status can lead to more opportunities to be fun. “We had good reasons to suspect […]

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Covid-19 Updates from Beck Institute’s International Advisory Committee: Part 2

Last week, we shared updates from International Advisory Committee members in the UK, Romania, Australia, Brazil and the Netherlands. This week, committee members from six more countries write about how the pandemic and related social distancing measures are impacting mental health in their countries and how they’ve been helping. We are pleased to share the […]

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Strategies to Relieve COVID-19 Anxiety
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Strategies to Relieve COVID-19 Anxiety

A new Harris poll confirms what most of us already know – we are stressed and anxious about the effects of COVID-19. Pollsters found that more Americans are fearful of experiencing increased anxiety than paying their bills or job-related issues. Researchers respond that the finding does present some good news as there are several ways […]

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