What is epigenetics?

… and why might it matter to us?

The following article describes the current infancy stage of research into how environmental events affect sperm content.

Yup, you read that correctly.

In this study, the topic was obesity, asking the question: if we are overweight, how does that impact our sperm, and does it result in passing along vulnerabilities to weight gain in our children?

If environmental factors influence which genes traits are active in sperm, this could have pretty large implications regarding mental and behavioral health. Here at SBH, we are especially interested in trauma. Note the rats study and high stress mentioned in the article.


New ACT meta-study

Recently, there have been quite a number of Acceptance Commitment Therapy meta-studies. This new one, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and linked below, argues that we don’t need any more RCTs on seeing whether ACT helps vis a vis nothing or an inert condition.

In other words, ACT works for depression and anxiety, when compared to ‘treatment as usual.’ However, more understanding is needed when comparing ACT to other evidence-based practices such as CBT.

Link: http://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(15)30365-7/abstract



de Blasio’s ThriveNYC Program

We at SBH are very curious to see what becomes of the NYC mayor’s new program to support folks who suffer from mental and behavioral health issues. The program includes 15,000 new units of supported housing, which is music to our ears, since we do consulting at dozens of homeless shelters across and are all too aware of the housing shortage, not to mention the prevalence of trauma and other health issues among those in transitional housing. Read the NYTimes article and stay tuned as we follow this closely.