May 29, 2013
There have been many studies that have demonstrated the positive effects of psychotherapy. A new study was just published in PLoS Medicine that looked at seven different types of psychotherapeutic intervention. The study essentially showed that there was no significant difference between the different types of psychotherapy, but that all approaches seemed to benefit depressed patients, particularly those with mild to moderate depression. Health Day summarized the article saying, “Various forms of “talk therapy” can help people with depression, but no single type stands out as better than the rest, according to a new analysis. Experts said the results confirm what is generally thought: Psychotherapy can help lift depression, and there is no one form that is best for everyone. Instead, a person’s therapy choice may come down to the nature of the depression, and practical matters — like finding a therapist you’re comfortable with, and being able to pay.”
May 21, 2013
The ApA put out a brief about a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry which noted correlations between aggressive behavior and being fired from jobs. The brief nicely noted that people who self-describe as frequently engaging in aggressive behaviors (disruptive behaviors) are fired more often than their non-aggressive peers. However I didn’t like that the next paragraph mentioned intermittent explosive disorder, as this is a relatively rare disorder and in all my years of working with disruptive professionals (and workplace violence risk assessment), I have seen only a handful of cases of intermittent explosive disorder.
May 21, 2013
It has long been understood that bullies typically have been bullied themselves. A few months ago I came across an interesting write up about the correlation between bullying behavior (and victimization from such behavior) and psychiatric illness. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry “researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.” This is likely directly relevant for many disruptive professionals.