October 30, 2013
As much as it pains me to write this (I have a very strong sweet tooth), a recent article in Neurology has demonstrated that sugar has a negative impact on learning and other cognitive functions. The study found a strong link between high glucose levels and poor performance on memory tasks.
The authors note that even in the absence of diabetes, “chronically higher blood glucose levels exert a negative influence on cognition.” They add that “strategies aimed at lowering glucose levels even in the normal range may beneficially influence cognition in the older population.”
Despite this, I’ve been snacking on M&Ms while writing this.
October 14, 2013
When people compare psychotherapy to medication, one of the arguments often used is that psychotherapy does not have any “side effects.” I totally disagree… everything we do has side effects. Every time we opt to turn right we do so at the expense of turning left. But even beyond that, psychotherapy surely has side effects… even negative side effects. For example, it is not uncommon for a patient to leave a particularly difficult therapy session feeling lower in mood after coming to a hard realization about the viability of a significant relationship that is crumbling, or after discussing a particularly painful time in their life. But that doesn’t mean that this “side effect” is a bad thing. In fact, when this occurs, it is often very situationally appropriate, and sometimes is the first time that a person has really grieved a lost (or soon to be lost) relationship, fully addressed a painful memory with logic and emotion, etc.
I found a nice blog post from GoodTherapy specifically addressing myths about psychotherapy including whether therapy makes things worse.