Friday, September 20, 2019

Research News

Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to "rethink psychiatry."

Addressing the Roots of Racial Trauma: An Interview with Psychologist Lillian Comas-Díaz

MIA’s Hannah Emerson interviews Comas-Díaz on the need for culturally competent care in a medicalized and individualistic society.

No Evidence for Brain Asymmetry in Depression

A new study debunks the theory that depression is associated with brain asymmetry.

Integrating Patient Voices in ICD-11 Development

First-of-its-kind study explores patient perspectives surrounding five major psychiatric diagnoses to inform revisions to clinical guidelines.

What is it Like to Experience a First Crisis in Psychosis?

Study explores the emotional and embodied experience of individuals undergoing a first crisis in psychosis.

Study Explores Service Users’ Views on Diagnostic Criteria

Researchers investigate service users' lived experiences and their views on mental disorder classifications.

How Biotechologies Preserve the Idea of the Disordered Brain

Social scientists explore how psychiatry’s use of biotechnology is being used to reinvent and secure the idea of the disordered brain

Risk of Cardiovascular Death Increased After Psychiatric Hospitalization

The rate of death due to heart-related problems is more than double the rate in the general population after psychiatric hospitalization.

Adding Fluoxetine to Therapy Not Superior to Therapy Alone in Depressed Teens

The addition of fluoxetine to CBT did not further reduce depressive symptoms in young people with moderate-to-severe depression.

Improving Mental Health Research through Community Participation

Clinical mental health research that includes community participation circumvents problems with traditional research.

Toward a Critical Self-Reflective Psychiatry: An Interview with Pat Bracken

MIA’s Justin Karter interviews critical psychiatrist and philosopher Pat Bracken about the necessity of challenging received wisdom.

How Community Environments Impact Mental Health

Drawing on the relationship between nature and wellbeing, researchers propose a model to improve community environments to improve mental health.

The Complexity of the Indigenous Historical Trauma Concept

Researchers explore how the processes of colonization may impact the well-being of indigenous populations today.

Antidepressants Blunt Ability to Feel Empathy

A new study suggests that taking antidepressants impairs empathy, while the experience of depression itself does not.

Structural Competency Training May Increase Empathic Connections in Psychiatry Residents

Identification, discussion of neighborhood structures cultivates connection, illustrates patients’ subjective experiences.

Review Finds FDA Approval of Digital Antipsychotic Misguided

The approval of the digital antipsychotic may open the door for more pharmaceutical company profits without evidence of benefits to patients.

Study Explores Extreme States Associated with Meditation

Biomedical and alternative discourses frame people’s experiences of extreme mental states associated with meditation in different ways.

When Attempts to Localize Global Mental Health Miss the Mark

Researchers find that efforts to integrate the Cambodian idiom baksbat (broken courage) into local mental health care may have served to pathologize adaptive responding.

Open Dialogue and a Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Care

Analysis suggests that Open Dialogue aligns with human rights-based perspectives on mental health care.

Teacher Perspectives on Student ADHD Medication Use

Qualitative study examines patterns in teacher attitudes and knowledge related to medication of students for ADHD-type behaviors.

Learning a Different Way: An Interview with Maori Psychiatrist Diana Kopua

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Diana Kopua about the Mahi a Atua approach, the global mental health movement, and the importance of language and narratives in how we understand our world and ease our suffering.

Stigma and Discrimination Linked to the Biomedical Model of Mental Health

Study traces the history of biomedical explanations of psychopathology to show how stigma and discrimination are reinforced when other possible explanations are ignored.

Positive Antidepressant Study “Misleading” and “Erroneous”

An analysis of last year’s positive finding in The Lancet about antidepressant efficacy shows errors, obfuscations, and misrepresentations.

Why Don’t Prescribers Discuss Antidepressant Discontinuation?

In a new study, prescribers identify barriers to discussing antidepressant discontinuation with patients.
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Discontinuation of Antipsychotics Improves Cognitive Functioning

A study, recently published in Psychological Medicine, examined the cognitive functioning of individuals with schizophrenia who discontinued antipsychotics, and those who maintained their antipsychotic...
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Antidepressant Use More Than Doubles Risk of Suicide Attempts

Throughout the past two decades, studies have warned of increased suicide rates in those taking antidepressants, especially in children and adolescents. Researchers also documented...

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