Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday News Roundup

This edition of the Friday news roundup is brought to you on Saturday mourning courtesy of the nice weather yesterday. The sunshine was very appealing.

Quieting the Mind for Sleep 

In her new book Quiet your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those With Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain, Colleen Carney offers several solutions for insomnia from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective.  Some of these suggestions include: never get into bed earlier than your usual bedtime; when you find yourself "trying" to sleep, remind yourself that this is counterproductive; educate yourself about sleep myths; challenge unhelpful beliefs that worsen your insomnia; leave your bed and bedroom if you can't fall asleep.

CBT Based Self Help Books Can Do More Harm Than Good

Well on second thought, perhaps one might be more prudent to not rush out and by a CBT based self-help book about depression. At least if you are someone who is a high ruminator. Are you someone who spends a lot of time ruminating about your negative mood and the causes that lead to it? If you are, you might actually be harming yourself by reading self-help books without working with a psychologist at the same time.

False Prophets of Autism

Please take the time to look closely at the debates about the links between autism and vaccinations. This is a silly controversy and needless children are suffering because the use of bad science. There is no reputable information linking vaccinations to autism. None. In fact, the physician who started this trend was found by a medical board to be "dishonest" and "irresponsible." You can read this link for even more analysis.

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