A couple of interesting articles in this month’s Journal of Anxiety and Depression
Paul Gilbert has contributed to an Ebert et al article on the role of oxytocin in compassion to self and others.
Ebert A, Edel M-A, Gilbert P, Brüne M. Endogenous oxytocin is associated with the experience of compassion and recalled upbringing in Borderline Personality Disorder. Depress Anxiety. 2018;35:50–57.
What caught my eye in particular was the use of a scale that purports to measure tolerance of compassion – potentially useful in at least identifying when we need to tread cautiously with people who are depressed and who might resist empathic processes from their therapist.
Glenn CR, Kleiman EM, Cha CB, Deming CA, Franklin JC, Nock MK. Understanding Suicide Risk within the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Framework: A Meta-Analytic Review. Depress Anxiety. 2018;35:65–88.
This interesting article reports that the usual predictors of suicide ie hopelessness, rumination and vocalised suicidal intent are found in studies but also other areas are poorly researched but deserve to be, as follows:
“Constructs in the Arousal and Regulatory Systems domain (e.g., insomnia, nightmares) were significantly related to all suicide outcomes and had the least publication bias, but this has been one of the domains with the least amount of research (and number of predictors) to date. There also were several promising predictors related to prominent suicide theories (e.g., burdensomeness; Joiner, 2005; defeat/entrapment; O’Connor, 2011; psychache; Shneidman, 1993; implicit self-identification with suicide; Nock et al., 2010) that have received less prospective research”
Some interesting BABCP Workshops are in the offing. I am drawn to Brian Pope’s Workshop on CBT and IT but am elsewhere (anyone else working in this area?) but hope to attend the workshop in Manchester on turning thoughts into feelings. Both workshops can be found below:

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