Suicide is a major health concern. Weeks following psychiatric admission are a highly
suicide risk period for those having current suicidal ideation or attempt. Recently, a pilot
study suggested the feasibility of positive psychology in patients in suicidal crisis.
Notably, gratitude exercises suggested improvement in optimism and hopelessness, two
dimensions associated to suicide. Moreover, gratitude has been associated to suicidal
ideation and attempt, ... Read More
The investigators are doing this study to see if "positive psychology" can help adults with
depression or bipolar disorder.
Positive psychology involves exercises—short tasks—that try to increase good feelings and
emotions, like optimism, happiness, personal strengths, and well-being. Positive psychology
exercises might include imagining a bright future, being grateful for good events, forgiving
others, and doing kind acts for others.
The ... Read More
In this proof-of-concept study, the investigators will assess the ease and usefulness of a
positive psychology program in patients with acute coronary syndrome and less-than-optimal
adherence to health behaviors. The investigators believe that positive psychology (a field
that studies boosting positive emotions rather than simply reducing negative emotions) will
help this cardiac population to be more healthy. The investigators want to determine whether
this ... Read More
This study is investigating whether a series of psychological exercises, called positive
psychology, provides benefit to patients who have been hospitalized for heart disease (an
'acute coronary syndrome' or heart failure).
In this study, subjects are randomly assigned to complete 8 positive psychology exercises
over 8 weeks, or to complete different exercises in control groups.
We hypothesize that patients who are assigned to the positive psychology tasks ... Read More
Problems with diabetes management in adolescents with type 1 diabetes are common - occurring
at rates as high as 93% - and have serious health consequences, including poor blood sugar
control and risk for later complications. Therefore, the investigators proposed to test a
positive psychology intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes aimed at increasing
motivation for diabetes management; specifically, to increase the frequency of blood glucose
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UCLA researchers looking for healthy females (age 60+) to participate in a study
investigating how writing about your experiences may be related to your health.
Once a week for 6 weeks, participants will write about their experiences and fill out online
questionnaires. Participants will also come to the UCLA campus for blood draws and to fill
out questionnaires 3 times: once prior to the 6-week writing period, once immediately after
the 6-week period, and ... Read More
Source: Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Neurofeedback has proved to be effective in treating Attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) in experimental settings. This study investigates whether neurofeedback can
be used as a therapeutic intervention in regular outpatient care. The investigators compare
high frequent neurofeedback with high frequent self-management therapy and suppose that both
result in comparable effects.
This pilot study will recruit patients admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit at MGH for
suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt. Inclusion criteria will be broad to increase
enrollment rates and obtain information for patients with a wide range of diagnoses and
illness severity. Enrolled subjects will complete randomly-selected positive psychology
exercises daily (on weekdays) until discharge and will rate the exercises in multiple
domains. Subjects' ... Read More
The treatment regimen for type 1 diabetes is complex and demanding, and many adolescents
have problems with adherence. The proposed study will pilot test a positive psychology
intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes aimed at improving adherence to treatment
based on feedback from the first iteration of the intervention. The potential benefits
include helping adolescents achieve better glycemic control, thereby reducing the health
risks and ... Read More
Pursuant to our previous longitudinal study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT02073370) in
geriatric outpatients cooperated with the Department of Family Medicine, Department of
Geriatrics and Gerontology, National Taiwan University Hospital, this study will be
conducted to examine the impacts of the specific co-morbidities and ageing psychology on the
outcomes of frailty/sarcopenia syndrome. The thresholds of specific chronic disease will be
reviewed after frailty ... Read More
From birth we rely on others for comfort and care and derive pleasure from being together.
Research from the fields of health psychology, social psychology, and public health converge
to highlight the importance of having and maintaining good relationships for overall health.
Indeed, having close friends and family and feeling connected to them has been called a
basic need, similar to our need for food and water. It may not be a coincidence then that
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This study is aimed to test the efficacy of a Positive Psychology Intervention (Best
Possible Self) over optimism, future expectancies and positive affect at mid-term, in
comparison to a control group. The principal hypothesis is that Best Possible Self
intervention will enhance significantly the levels of optimism and positive affect in
comparison to the control group at short and mid-term.
The investigators developed a responsive mobile-web app, "Jauntly," which was designed to
take advantage of the known connections between positive emotions, stress reduction and
stress resilience. The app's goal was to lead users through research-proven positive
emotion-enhancing exercises and relevant educational materials. Intervention activities
covered five well-being-generating content areas: 1) promoting the experience and
recognition of gratitude; 2) ... Read More
Source: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
This study will assess the short and long term effects of a group-based mindfulness
programme (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) on first year medical and psychology
students at the Universities of Oslo and Tromso.
The primary outcome variables are mental distress, student stress and subsequent work
stress, subjective wellbeing, empathy, mindfulness and spirituality. The investigators will
also study explanatory moderator and mediator variables.
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Neuropattern is a first translational tool in stress medicine. Neuropattern is a diagnostic
tool, which can be applied by in- and outpatients and physicians to detect dysregulation in
the stress response network. The physician provides anamnestic and anthropometric data,
while the patient takes other measures at home, e.g. psychological, symptomatic, and
biological data. Among the biological data are ECG measures for analyses of heart rate
variability, and ... Read More
Prospective study to evaluate whether or not an internet application to coordinate and
record diabetes management by the 1. diabetic patient/family caregiver 2. diabetic medical
care team and 3. ophthalmology vision care team will decrease vision loss and blindness due
to diabetic retinopathy. The aims will be measured through health psychology instruments to
assess the effect of the application on management, motivation to control their disease, and
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The aim of this study is to analyze the efficacy of several variations of an already
validated Positive Psychology Intervention (PPI) called Best Possible Self, using
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in general population. Participants are
randomly assigned to one of 4 conditions: BPS PAST condition, BPS PRESENT condition, BPS
FUTURE condition, and CONTROL condition (daily activities).