Esther Deblinger shares her personal and professional journey choosing a career in clinical psychology and focusing her research on helping children and families overcome adversity. Her research in collaboration with colleagues not only led to highly effective evidence-based treatments that are utilized worldwide, but her academic pursuits deepened her understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on her own parents. Her training, research and service efforts continue to be inspired by the resilience she has seen in her parents as well as the many children and families with whom she has worked.
Treating Depression and HIV/AIDS
On May 17 at 11, join Steve Safren for a live webinar on Intersecting Epidemics:
Evidenced Based Approaches for Treating Depression and HIV/AIDS
The prevalence of depression and other psychiatric disorders is elevated in medical illness in general and HIV in particular. Additionally, depression, in the context of chronic illness, is associated with worse self-care and adherence behaviors, which therefore can lead to increased morbidity. Evidenced based psychosocial interventions can be a useful component to managing depression and self-care in the context of medical illness, and approaches used in HIV can be applied to other illnesses. In HIV, the major self-care behaviors are adherence to daily medications and managing sexual transmission risk. The present webinar will first review data on depression comorbid with HIV, including prevalence estimates, and data on its association with adherence. It will then provide an overview of one studied intervention, Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD), and review data on its efficacy. It will also discuss other approaches to managing depression in HIV, including medications, and data on the outcomes of these approaches. It will conclude by discussion depression and additional comorbidities in individuals living with HIV who do not benefit from antiretroviral therapy.
Junot DÍaz, an award-winning author, opens up about his long struggle with the experience of childhood trauma
He describes how his experience of childhood sexual assualt led to severe depression, suicidal behaviors, and difficulties in relationships for decades. He finally was able to begin removing the “mask” of trauma with the help of a dedicated therapist.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD can help individuals recover after a traumatic experience. Learn more about PTSD and its treatment by visiting the VA’s National Center for PTSD website
This recent New York Times article discusses Mariah Carey's recent disclosure regarding her struggles with mental illness.
Carey was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder in 2001, in the midst of an extremely successful career, but kept her mental health struggles a secret until recently because of her fears that stigma would end her career.
The last year has seen a wave of celebrities disclosing their personal mental health battles, inspiring others to follow suit in an effort to stomp out the stigma of mental illness.
For individuals struggling with bipolar disorder, characterized by extreme mood swings ranging from mania to extreme depression, accurate and timely diagnosis as well as both CBT and psycho-pharmaceutical interventions are critical to best care practices.
Disclosures from celebrities like Mariah Carey help to increase awareness and can encourage individuals who are suffering to seek help.
In addition to making an effort to destigmatize mental illness, ABCT also has a "Find a Therapist" page with an extensive list of therapists and their areas of expertise to help those who are beginning the journey toward mental health and wellness.
the two bylaws revisions passed, and our bylaws, already updated in their entirety on the web site at Bylaws, read, in part:
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is a multidisciplinary organization committed to the enhancement of health and well-being by advancing the scientific understanding, assessment, prevention, and treatment of human problems through the global application of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.
The purposes of the Association are to globally:
Encourage innovations that advance scientific approaches to behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based approaches to behavioral health;
Promote the utilization and dissemination of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based approaches to behavioral health;
Facilitate professional development, interaction, and networking among members;
Promote ethical delivery of science-based interventions;
Promote health and well-being through a commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels.
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