Study Finds Deteriorating Mental Health Among Poor White Americans

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Researchers find evidence of low socio-economic status White Americans’ rising distress and declining well-being since the mid-1990s.

Researchers Call for Structural Competency in Psychiatry

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Structural competency in psychiatry emphasizes the social factors shaping patient presentations and encourages physician advocacy.

Exporting Psychological Concepts Associated With Gender May Have Unintended Consequences

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New qualitative research finds a shift in the meaning of gender as it enters the local lexicon of people in rural Malawi, in turn having negative ramifications for those it is meant to help.

When International Psychiatric Aid Gets it Wrong: Street Children in Cairo

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Study questions how international psychiatric treatment of street children in Cairo could be reinforcing their marginality and vulnerability.

High Job Strain Increases Risk of Mental Health Challenges

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High job demands, low job control, and high job strain are associated with the development of a mental health issue at age 50.

Anti-Stigma Campaigns Enable Inequality, Sociologists Argue

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Scholars contend that stigma functions as a mechanism of power in analysis of UK Heads Together mental health campaign.

Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Equitable Access to Healthcare

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A new generation of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements is likely to significantly threaten access and cost of healthcare, and limit signatory Governments sovereignty to prioritise health care policy to protect and improve the health of citizens. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a Pacific Rim regional trade agreement involving 12 countries ‚ÄĒ including New Zealand, Australia and the US ‚ÄĒ is one such agreement, and it has the potential to significantly alter the domestic environment for health policy-making.

Blaming Climate Change Inaction on Psychological Barriers Misses the Point

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Researchers argue that blaming climate change inaction on psychological barriers ignores the effects of neoliberal capitalism and social structures.

Study Calls for Consensus on Overdiagnosis Across Medical Disciplines

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Lack of overdiagnosis parameters stifles communication across fields seeking to mitigate its potential harm.

A Declaration of Interdependence for the Era of the Murphy Bill

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How we think about health, happiness, and self-fulfillment, how they are linked with flawed systems of government has been assigned to the domain of social scientists. The most influential of those are the psychiatrists who have been given the government-mandated power to diagnose, incarcerate and forcibly drug those who are perceived to have a form of mental illness. I believe that such power is arbitrary, unjust and frequently harmful.

Underestimating Social Determinants of Health Linked to Right-Wing Authoritarianism

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Social determinants have been seen to have an equal, if not greater, influence on health as individual behaviors, yet this evidence is largely ignored. Researchers investigate why this is the case.

‚ÄúStudy Links Mobile Device Addiction to Depression and Anxiety‚ÄĚ

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A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that addictions to mobile devices are linked to anxiety and depression in college students....

Gallup: ‚ÄúAmericans’ Views of Pharmaceutical Industry Take a Tumble‚ÄĚ

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‚ÄúIn Gallup's annual measure of 25 major U.S. business sectors, the percentage of Americans with a positive view of the pharmaceutical industry dropped from 40% in 2014 to 35% this year, while the percentage with a negative view rose from 36% to 43%.‚ÄĚ

It is Time for Global Mental Health to Acknowledge Sociostructural Determinants of Distress

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Researchers call for action to address social challenges and inequalities that obstruct mental health and well-being globally.

Experts Stress Importance of Social Networks for Psychosis and Bipolar Interventions

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Researchers develop a novel approach to mapping personal well-being networks for those diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) that incorporates social ties, connections to place, and meaningful activities.

Ethical Failings in Experimental Drug Safety Trials

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Leading human subjects ethics researcher questions exploitation of uninsured minorities in experimental drug trials.

Experts Raise Ethical Concerns About Machine Learning in Medicine

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The use of machine learning algorithms (known as artificial intelligence) in the medical field raises a slew of ethical concerns.

Medical Students’ Racial Biases Lead to Failure to Adequately Treat Patients

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False beliefs about biological differences between races are associated with a failure to provide recommended pain treatments to Black people.

Using Participatory Action in Bioethics Research

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Participatory action approaches in bioethics research used to decrease coercion and seclusion in psychiatric treatment.

Climate Change Negatively Impacts Mental Health, Study Finds

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Climate change-related extreme weather and increasing temperatures associated with higher rates of mental health challenges.

Police Violence Victims at Increased Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

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Researchers examine links between police victimization and psychotic symptoms in a topical new study.

Review Examines Causes and Consequences of Overdiagnosis in Primary Care

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A new review in BMJ investigates overdiagnosis in primary care settings, where the majority of mental health care is provided in the U.S.

The Psychological Effects of the Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

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Journal releases a compilation of articles detailing how zero-tolerance policy may impact mental health.

Researchers Explore the Relationship Between Religiosity and Psychotic Experiences

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Individuals who identify as religious may be more likely to have symptoms associated with psychosis.

Disease Theory of ‚ÄėMental Illness‚Äô Tied To Pessimism About Recovery

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Researchers recently completed a first of its kind, large-scale international survey of attitudes about mental health and they were surprised by the results. According to their analysis published in this month‚Äôs issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders, people in developed countries, like the United States, are more likely to assume that ‚Äėmental illnesses‚Äô are similar to physical illnesses and biological or genetic in origin, but they are also much less likely to think that individuals can overcome these challenges and recover