Category: Stefan Hofmann

Anxious about a big speech? This startup wants to calm you down — with a cardiac drug you pop like a mint

STAT Stefan Hofmann The pill works like magic, people who’ve used it say, to quell their anxiety around public speaking… Expert quote: “You want to do a very thorough assessment with a patient before you prescribe a psychoactive drug of any kind. You can’t do this via the internet.” View full article

Quick ‘mindfulness’ fix may help curb drinking

Reuters quoting Stefan Hofmann, College and Graduate School of Arts and Science “Heavy drinkers may be able to cut back after brief mindfulness training exercises that involve helping them focus on what’s happening in the present moment, a small experiment in the UK suggests…” Expert quote: “Humans tend to establish habits and link behaviors to […]

More than shyness: What it feels like to have social anxiety

Today Stefan Hofmann, College of Arts and Sciences Some people are afraid to leave their homes… Expert quote: ““Very simply, social anxiety disorder is not shyness,” said Dr. Stefan Hofmann, a professor of psychology and director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.” View full article

Can’t unplug? Here’s how to navigate your digital anxiety

BBC Stefan Hofmann, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “When David Erickson leaves his home in Long Beach, California to spend several days on Panama’s southern coast, he also reluctantly gives up his smartphone…” Expert Quote: “Pulling away from social media can create anxiety and the urgency to log back on, says Stefan […]

The Surprising Benefits of Compassion Meditation

U.S. News & World Report Stefan Hofmann, College of Arts & Sciences In recent years, mindfulness meditation has garnered loads of attention for its beneficial effects on the body and mind… Expert quote: “It’s deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy, which has taught us a lot about how people are connected and what is the purpose […]

Study Finds Psychotherapy’s Effectiveness for Depression Is Overstated

New York Times (subscription required) Stefan Hofmann, College of Arts & Sciences Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals, researchers reported on Wednesday… Expert quote: “The number of trials they looked at was fairly small, and the different psychotherapy […]

Group therapy may work as well as drugs to prevent depression relapse

Reuters Stefan Hofmann, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Group therapy may work as well as medication to help keep depression from returning for patients who have already taken drugs to control symptoms, a British study suggests… Expert quote: “The good news of the trial is that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy […]

Facing down phobias may be the best cure

Boston Globe (subscription required) Stefan Hofman, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders It started when he was 12, during a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Savannah, Ga., in a 12-seater plane… Expert quotes: Hofman: “If exposure [therapy] […]