Research News

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

Study Finds Sexist Attitudes Linked to Poor Mental Health in Men

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Adherence to stereotypically sexist masculine beliefs such as self-reliance, power over women, and playboy behavior were linked to poor mental health outcomes

The Effects of Practicing Psychotherapy on Therapists’ Personal Lives

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A new study, published in Psychotherapy Research, explores how having a career in psychotherapy affects therapists’ personal lives.

Safety Analysis Weighs Harms and Benefits of Antipsychotic Drugs

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The researchers find that the drug effects for reducing psychosis are small and that treatment failure and severe side effects are common.

Kids Diagnosed with Autism More Likely to Get Psychotropic Drugs

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Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are much more likely to be prescribed a psychotropic medication.

Treating Depression with Exercise and an Internet-Based Intervention

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A new study compares exercise, Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) and usual care for treating individuals with depression.

Study Finds No Benefit for Testosterone Treatments

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Researchers find no benefits for testosterone as a treatment for improving mood, psychological well-being, and cognitive function.

Pharma Data Sharing Efforts Off to a Slow Start

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Researchers discuss the preliminary results of clinical trial data sharing efforts by pharmaceutical companies and other groups.

Neurosexism: Study Questions Validity of Gender-based Neuroscientific Results

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Neuroscientific results that class humans into two categories, “male” and “female,” tend to reify gender stereotypes by giving them the appearance of objective scientific truth.

VA Hospitals Perform Worst on Inpatient Psychiatric Care

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The results of the cross-sectional study show that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) owned hospitals perform worst on most measures.

Study Finds Music Therapy May Be Effective in Clinical Practice

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In a new study published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Professor Sam Porter and co-authors, present the results of a music...

When Psychiatric Medications Cause Psychiatric Symptoms

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Dr. Yolande Lucire, a psychiatrist from Australia, recently published a paper about the iatrogenic effects of psychiatric drugs.

Are Different Depression Scales Measuring the Same Thing?

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A new study examines the wide range of symptoms that appear on depression rating scales and what the means for the reliability of research.

Antidepressant Use Linked to Dementia

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A new study finds that elderly individuals using antidepressants are at significantly higher risk for dementia compared to depressed individuals who did not take the drugs.

Patients with OCD Prefer Psychotherapy

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A new study in Psychiatric Services examines patient preferences for the myriad treatments available for Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Researchers Find Link Between Economic Hardship and Cognitive Function

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The results of the prospective cohort study that analyzed data from almost 3,400 individuals show that individuals who experience long-term poverty perform worse on cognitive tasks than their peers who have never experienced poverty.

Hypnotic Medications Linked to Suicide Risk

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A recent review found that hypnotic medications are associated with risks of suicide and suicidal ideation.

What Can We Learn About Antidepressants from Alcohol?

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Particularly since ketamine has been referred to as the “miracle cure” for depression, and as researchers continue to search for the next biochemical panacea, it is important to remember that even if a substance has antidepressant effects, it still may not be an appropriate treatment for depression.

Systematic Review Finds Antidepressants Double the Risk for Agitation and Violence in Healthy Volunteers

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The Nordic Cochrane Center conducted a systematic review of existing research trials on antidepressants and found that the drugs doubled the risk of feelings...

Policies to Reduce Antipsychotic use Among Elderly are Failing

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Research reveals that rates of antipsychotic prescribing to the elderly in the UK have not dropped despite national recommendations.

Use of Antidepressants Linked to Diabetes

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac and Zoloft) are the most commonly prescribed medication for depression. SSRIs have long been associated with an...

iPad Use Before Surgery as Effective as Sedatives for Children

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A group of French doctors presented a new study in the area of pediatric anesthesiology at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong...