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Saturday, 28 May 2011

News Capsule: Fibromyalgia,Bipolar mood disorder

Music therapy benefits fibromyalgia patients: 

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects and conditions patients' social, personal and working life and requires a multidisciplinary approach developed by a team of physicians, Physiotherapists, experts in physical activity and sport, psychologists and nurses.

Scientists have found that music therapy enhances quality of life among patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
 Researchers in University of Granada and experimental study in Europe proved that music therapy combined with other relax techniques based on guided imagery reduces significantly pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients.
Source: Times of India

Bipolar mood swings can be predicted:

It is possible to predict future mood swings in bipolar people by monitoring their thoughts and behaviour.
Researchers followed 50 British patients with bipolar disorder for a month, studying how they think and act. Individuals who believed extreme things about their moods - for example, that their moods were completely out of their own control or that they had to keep active all the time to prevent becoming a failure - developed more mood problems in a month's time, it was found. In contrast, people with bipolar disorder who could let their moods pass as a normal reaction to stress or knew they could manage their mood fared well a month later.

The findings are encouraging for talking therapies - such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) - that aim to help patients to talk about their moods and change their thinking about them


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