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People With Alzheimer's Might Be Happier in Faux Towns

Imagine being 80 and stepping into a town square straight out of your childhood

(Newser) - Alzheimer's can be, if anything, an extremely disorienting disease, and traditional care often relies on drugs and the expertise of nursing homes. Now, thanks in part to positive outcomes in places like the Netherlands, San Diego is about to become home to an entirely contrived city center that will... More »

Talking to a Shrink May Not Work as Well as You Think

Publication bias keeps out negative results in efficacy calculations: researchers

(Newser) - No one is denying that talking things out with a therapist can be helpful for those with depression. But, like antidepressants, psychotherapy's usefulness may be overstated, researchers say, per the New York Times —by as much as 25%, finds a study in PLOS One . "This doesn't... More »

7 Celeb Couples Who've Gone to Counseling

These famous duos are not afraid to admit they need help

(Newser) - Celebrity relationships are often blink-and-you-miss-them moments, so it's refreshing when celebs like Ben Affleck admit that keeping a marriage going, especially in Hollywood, takes a lot of work (albeit " the best kind of work. ") Below are seven famous couples who've reportedly used therapy as a... More »

Scandal-Plagued San Diego Mayor Heads Off to Therapy

As 2 more women come forward

(Newser) - Scandalized San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will enter his promised two weeks of intensive therapy tomorrow, in an effort to "become a better person." But his accusers remain skeptical that two weeks is enough to address what he has described as a "failure to respect women,"... More »

Gaga's Gift to Fans: Free Therapy at Concerts

'BornBrave Bus' will have therapists available

(Newser) - Tailgating at a Lady Gaga concert will be just a little bit different from tailgating at a football game: The pop star has announced that pre-show festivities for the next leg of her tour will include free counseling for concertgoers, Vulture reports. Gaga's "BornBrave Bus" will have therapists... More »

Judge to CA: You Can't Ban 'Gay Cures'

Temporary injunction blocks new law from being applied to 3 people

(Newser) - Sorry, California, but you can't ban gay-to-straight "conversion" therapy for minors just yet, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in September prohibiting so-called "gay cures," the first law of its kind in the US. But the judge found that the law,... More »

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning 'Gay Cures'

But conservatives say they'll fight the law in court

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown made history yesterday by signing the nation's first legislation banning "gay cure" therapy for minors, the LA Times reports. "This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide,'' Brown said. "These practices have no... More »

NFL Sends Angry Fans to Therapy

NFL requires 4-hour class for brawlers

(Newser) - Enjoy brawling in the stands at a football game? Get ready for therapy. The NFL has instituted a new rule that requires fans who are ejected from the bleachers for fighting to attend an online, four-hour psychological class before being permitted back to games, writes Sean Gregory in Time . And... More »

Ex-Minister Opens Online Christian Sex Shop

Marc Angenent found his calling as a sex therapist

(Newser) - If God gave us bodies, what's so sinful about lust? One former minister's answer to that question became his own website, Love Garden , which sells dildos, prostate stimulators, condoms, and much more, Der Spiegel reports. But Marc Angenent says he believed in the importance of lust even when... More »

Can You Get Over Killing a Person?

Zimmerman could suffer nasty symptoms for years

(Newser) - A murder victim suffers the worst possible fate. But what about psychological damage to the killer? Therapists who work with them—be they police officers or possible self-defense gunmen like George Zimmerman—have one piece of advice: Relive the incident slowly in your mind, reports Slate . And when you question... More »

Too-Perfect Parents Are Landing Kids in Therapy

Loving, supportive parents leave kids ill-equipped for adulthood, Lori Gottlieb writes

(Newser) - Working as a therapist upended everything Lori Gottlieb thought she had learned about parenting, she writes in an Atlantic piece certain to stir a Tiger Mom-sized controversy. Gottlieb found many depressed, anxious patients on her couch—who instead of recounting their horrible childhoods, waxed poetic about their loving parents who... More »

Anthony Weiner Will Enter Therapy, Won't Resign

He will take temporary leave from Congress

(Newser) - Probably only surprising in that this didn't happen sooner: Anthony Weiner just played the rehab card. He will take a temporary leave from Congress to "seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” says his office. But he will not resign, despite... More »

Marriage Counselor Sued for Telling Hubby to Cheat

New York couple wants $8M

(Newser) - A New York marriage counselor’s unorthodox methods apparently include telling his clients to cheat—and now he’s being sued by one couple he "treated." Guido Venitucci and Heather Aldridge paid $300 a week for 11 years to see counselor Jeffrey Mechanic—even though he was allegedly... More »

Wives Say Dogs Listen Better Than Husbands

1 in 3 would rather talk to their pet

(Newser) - A third of married women with pets consider their animals to be better listeners than their husbands, an AP poll found. And it's not just women who reach out for furry support—18% of men say their pets are better listeners than their wives. "You definitely feel much more... More »

Ringtone Cures Hay Fever: Japanese Co.

'Ringtone therapy' with cellphones treats obesity, too

(Newser) - Japan has had multifunction smartphones longer than the rest of the world, but one feature is new even to the cellphone-loving Japanese: a ringtone that cures hay fever. The offering from Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory—which also sells a gizmo that purports to be a dog-to-human translator—is designed to... More »

Group Urges Docs to Prescribe Meditation

'Mindfulness' effective in preventing relapse

(Newser) - The best prescription for recurrent depression isn't pills or talk therapy, it's "mindfulness"—a combination of meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques that empties the mind of negative thoughts. So claims a UK mental health organization so impressed by its effectiveness in combating chronic depression that they're urging doctors... More »

Medicaid Kids Given Antipsychotics 4X More

Seen as most effective treatment; counseling often goes by wayside

(Newser) - Kids on Medicaid rolls are prescribed antipsychotic drugs at an eye-popping rate four times that of kids with private insurance, federal data show, underlining how pills rather than counseling are often seen as the most efficient way to deal with underprivileged children. And not only are Medicaid kids receiving more... More »

Speed Shrinking Offers Quicker Fixes

... And promotes shrinks' books, in 180-second encounters

(Newser) - Freud must be shuddering in his grave, but that doesn't bother Susan Shapiro, the author of Speed Shrinking and the cheerful organizer of speed-dating-style therapy sessions for New Yorkers. On a recent evening, 200 talk-therapy-seekers stood in line at a lecture hall for their turn to spill their problems and... More »

German Doc Probed in Poison Death of 2 in Therapy

12 rushed to local hospital during session

(Newser) - A German doctor was being investigated today for possible homicide after two patients in his therapy group died of poisoning, reports AP. Twelve others were rushed to a local hospital after one called emergency services. One is in a coma. The doctor has admitted giving his patients various drugs and... More »

First US Internet Addiction Rehab Center Opens

For $14,500, reStart offers therapy, socialization

(Newser) - The first US Internet addiction clinic has opened in Fall City, Wash. The Heavensfield Retreat Center offers “reStart,” a 45-day in-patient rehab program for Internet, video game, and texting addictions, LiveScience reports. Clients undergo talk therapy and social skills training, as well as feeding goats, raising chickens, and... More »

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