Screen Time Linked to Increased Depressive Symptoms Among Teens

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New study examines how increased screen time and social media may be contributing to depressive symptoms and suicide risk in teens

Psychotropic Medications Serve as Powerful Tools for U.S. Military, Imperialism

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Ethnographic research sheds light on extensive psychopharmaceutical use by soldiers in post 9/11 U.S. wars.

‚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....

Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Problems in Children

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A new study, published in BMJ Open-Access this week, found a significant link between the level of air pollution in a community and the mental health of the children living there. After controlling for socio-economic status and other potential variables, researchers in Sweden discovered a strong association between the concentration of air pollution in a neighborhood and the amount of ‚Äėantipsychotic‚Äô and psychiatric drugs prescribed to children. The link remained strong even at pollution levels well below half of what is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

Emphasis on Nutrition Needed to Reform Mental Health Treatments

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Even thought current mental health treatments are ‚Äúsuboptimal,‚ÄĚ there is a lack of attention paid to the preventative effects of diet and nutrition. Recent studies suggests that nutritional changes can influence the risk for mental health issues and that nutritional supplements, called nutraceuticals, can be prescribed for existing conditions.

More to Happiness Than Feeling Good, Study Finds

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Cross-cultural data suggest that happiness involves feeling the emotions one deems as right, in accordance with personal and cultural values.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions Target Depressive Symptoms

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A new study finds self-coldness predicts depressive symptoms and supports self-compassion as a buffer.

Economic Policy Uncertainty Linked to Higher Suicide Rates in Men

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A new study, published in Social Indicators Research, investigates the association between economic policy uncertainty and suicide rates in the US.

Training Health Workers in Therapy Leads to Improvements and Less Medication Use

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A Nigerian study finds that more than three-quarters of patients improved, even when only 13% were prescribed medication.

Agency and Activism as Protective Factors for Children in the Gaza Strip

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Researchers recommend a ‚Äėpolitically-informed focus', including activism, when assessing children and designing interventions in areas of chronic political violence.

Researchers Present Structural Competency Training Model for Psychiatrists

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Researchers argue that a structural competency and social determinants of health approach must be made central to psychiatry training.

Rethinking Psychiatry Teaches about Despair, Resilience, and the Great Turning

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Rethinking Psychiatry is an independent, grassroots group in Portland, Oregon that advocates for a paradigm shift in mental health care. On January 20, we hosted a film and discussion by activist and artist Barbara Ford. The subject was ‚ÄúDespair and Resilience: How to Face this Mess We‚Äôre in Without Giving Up.‚ÄĚ Ford also showed film called Joanna Macy and the Great Turning, featuring philosopher, writer, and activist Joanna Macy.

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.

Targeting Hypocrisy Reduces Islamophobia and Collective Blame of Muslims

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Interventions calling attention to participants’ hypocrisy proved effective in reducing Islamophobia and collective blame of Muslims for individual acts of violence.

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.

Researcher Critically Examines Movements for Global Mental Health

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China Mills raises concerns that global mental health movements obscure social determinants of health and naturalize Western mental health concepts.

Scales Assessing Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Lack Cross-Cultural Validity

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Researchers find few existing "psychopathology scales" are appropriate for global utilization.

Big Pharma: The Global Effect

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In this piece for Vision Magazine, Danit Felber details the U.S. pharmaceutical industry's efforts to stomp out foreign competition. "What does this mean practically? A nonprofit...

Researchers Identify Demographic, Ideological Factors Associated With Refugee Prejudice

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A new analysis finds multiple antecedents of refugee prejudice, including religiousness, conservatism, and education.

Speaking, Not Texting, May Prevent Dehumanization in Disagreements

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Researchers found participants were less likely to dehumanize those with whom they disagreed when they heard their voices.

Challenging Resilience as a Buzzword: Toward a Contextualized Resilience Model

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Researcher Dr. Silke Schwarz highlights how Western psychology’s construction of individual resilience deflects emphasized individual pathology and deflects efforts at structural change.

Married Individuals with Schizophrenia Show Better Outcomes, Study Finds

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14-year study of a rural sample in China shows those who were married had higher rates of remission from schizophrenia.

Experts Call on Presidential Candidates to Improve Study Transparency

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In an open letter to all US presidential candidates published Thursday in the BMJ, a group of global health care experts assert that current research regulations allow drug companies to publish incomplete and misleading results. They ask the candidates to declare whether they support improved transparency measures that would make data on drug studies publically available and open to scrutiny.