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Psychology & Clinical Journals
Journal of Psychotherapy
Mental Health Source Exclusives
Mental Health Letter
The link below is to the main Harvard Health Publications page.
Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
Consumer Reports Study
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A growing collection of about 60 miscellaneous articles on mental health topics from the e-journal Perspectives (which is easily linked to from this site). These articles stress disorders such as schizophrenia, addiction, anxiety and panic disorders, and Alzheimer's disease.
The parent site, Mental Health Net, at http://www.cmhc.com/mhn.htm is a great source of links to specialized areas and is the home to the MedLine search mirror (see above). Professional Resources are listed at http://www.cmhc.com/prof.htm . However, some of the reviews appear to be in need of revision and update; not surprising, given the huge number of them.
Mental Health Net Search Engine
Transpersonal psychology, often called "fourth force" psychology, is concerned with questions of value, meaning, purpose, and spirit, while studying human beings in their complex familial, social, ecological, global, and even cosmic contexts. It is a psychological discipline that focuses on the spiritual aspects of suffering, healing and growth and its best-known popular manifestation is Daniel Goleman's bestseller Emotional Intelligence.
A highly visible location on the Web is the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
The Mind's Eye
The "Mind's Eye," published by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, is a collection of writings and images "which explore how spirituality and psychology come together, and overlap, yielding a new field of exploration drawing from the scientific understandings of psychology as well as the deep yearnings of the soul and the quest of the spirit." A recent issue featured poetry and literature as well as the following clinical articles:
The site hasn't been updated in a while, however.
Reconstructive Therapy On-Line
This is the home page of the Family Psychiatric Center in Omaha, Nebraska and is designed to provide information useful in rapid treatment of emotional problems that are not associated with major disorders. There are disclaimers warning people who are "suffering from a severe psychiatric disorder" not to use information on the site without supervision by a mental health professional and continual reminders that the approach used here is empirically based.
Based upon twenty years of treatment experience, the center uses an "interpersonal orientation" and "five basic questions" to help reduce "stress and mental dysfunction." These questions are "designed to expose the (often denied) impact that others have had on the patient and on the formation of each one of his/her emotional traits," and have been refined from the use of up to one hundred similar questions.
The Five Questions Are:
They are said to be effective in relieving "high levels of stress, tension, guilt, frustration, loneliness, sadness, intimidation, anxiety, intrapsychic disorganization, indecisiveness, low self esteem, anger, etc., especially when these feelings have been or are an overreaction to an average interpersonal situation and are not chronic, scrambled, compounded, or a response to a real life tragedy or to an ongoing emotional duress." They are also used by the clinic in relieving cravings.
Albert Ellis's controversial REBT (rational-emotive belief therapy) is perhaps best reserved for consideration by those who are having minor problems accepting change. It primarily involves the vigorous disputing of "irrational" beliefs using a question-answer technique, and replacing them with "healthy" beliefs, which are helpfully provided by Ellis. Despite the charming (and apparently persuasive) simplicity of this therapy, it is still worth a look, and this site provides a new "Featured Essay" by Ellis or one of his minions every month. The FAQ section helpfully provides distillations of the major criticisms of REBT. Whether or not the questions are answered satisfactorily depends upon the reader's point of view, of course.
Like any controversial "self-help" therapy that involves operant conditioning, the consumer is wise to do some investigating before jumping in.