Adjustment Disorders

Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This study compared the reports of satanic, sexual, and physical abuse of persons instructed to role-play either dissociative identity disorder (DID) (n = 33), major depression (n = 33), or a college student who experienced minor adjustment problems ("normal") (n = 33) across a number of trials that included role-played hypnosis. As hypothesized, more of the participants who were asked to role-play DID reported at least one instance of satanic ritual abuse and sexual abuse compared with those who role-played depression or a college student with minor adjustment problems.

Author(s): 
Stafford, Jane
Lynn, Steven Jay
Publication Title: 
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America

This article reviews the etiology, clinical characteristics, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and associated psychological sequelae in children and adolescents with this lifelong disease. Pediatric-onset IBD, consisting of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, has significant medical morbidity and in many young persons is also associated with psychological and psychosocial challenges.

Author(s): 
Szigethy, Eva
McLafferty, Laura
Goyal, Alka
Publication Title: 
Acta Paedopsychiatrica

The immediate effects of relaxation therapy (RT) were assessed in 40 hospitalized children and adolescents with diagnoses of adjustment disorder and depression. These effects were assessed using a within subjects pre-test/post-test design and by comparison with a control group of 20 depressed and adjustment disorder patients who watched a 1-h relaxing videotape. The 1-h RT class consisted of yoga exercise, a brief massage and progressive muscle relaxation.

Author(s): 
Platania-Solazzo, A.
Field, T. M.
Blank, J.
Seligman, F.
Kuhn, C.
Schanberg, S.
Saab, P.
Publication Title: 
Depression and Anxiety

The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an outpatient psychiatric population before and after Hurricane Katrina. The sample consisted of 156 patients (110 females; M(age)=41.2 years, SD=10.9) at an outpatient psychiatric clinic who completed measures of psychological symptoms as part of their regular clinical care in the month before (n=76; 49%) and the 1 month after (n=80; 51%) Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Author(s): 
McLeish, Alison C.
Del Ben, Kevin S.
Publication Title: 
Archives of General Psychiatry

Thirty-three patients in long-term individual therapy were referred to one of three weekend groups: two experimental (affect-arousing, gestalt therapy) groups and one control (meditation-Tai Chi) group. The impact of the weekend group experience (WGE) on individual therapy was examined six and 12 weeks later. At six weeks the patients in the experimental groups showed, on some measures, a significantly greater improvement in their individual therapy than did controls. By 12 weeks, there were no demonstrable differences.

Author(s): 
Yalom, I. D.
Bond, G.
Bloch, S.
Zimmerman, E.
Friedman, L.
Publication Title: 
Acta Paedopsychiatrica

The immediate effects of relaxation therapy (RT) were assessed in 40 hospitalized children and adolescents with diagnoses of adjustment disorder and depression. These effects were assessed using a within subjects pre-test/post-test design and by comparison with a control group of 20 depressed and adjustment disorder patients who watched a 1-h relaxing videotape. The 1-h RT class consisted of yoga exercise, a brief massage and progressive muscle relaxation.

Author(s): 
Platania-Solazzo, A.
Field, T. M.
Blank, J.
Seligman, F.
Kuhn, C.
Schanberg, S.
Saab, P.
Publication Title: 
Archives of General Psychiatry

Thirty-three patients in long-term individual therapy were referred to one of three weekend groups: two experimental (affect-arousing, gestalt therapy) groups and one control (meditation-Tai Chi) group. The impact of the weekend group experience (WGE) on individual therapy was examined six and 12 weeks later. At six weeks the patients in the experimental groups showed, on some measures, a significantly greater improvement in their individual therapy than did controls. By 12 weeks, there were no demonstrable differences.

Author(s): 
Yalom, I. D.
Bond, G.
Bloch, S.
Zimmerman, E.
Friedman, L.

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