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The Forgotten Voices of Mad Studies Challenge Traditional Psychiatry

Centuries-old writings and activism by those labeled as mad are reshaping our understanding of mental health, challenging conventional psychiatric practices, and empowering marginalized voices.

Who is Forgotten in the Deficit Framing of Global Mental Health?

A new article highlights the importance of centering local expertise and building on informal care practices to address mental health needs globally.

Hearing Voices Groups Provide Meaning Through Peer Support

A new qualitative analysis of insights from hearing voices group members reveals multiple benefits for individuals experiencing psychosis.

BMJ Investigation Finds FDA Commissioners Enriched by Industry

Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner from 2009 to 2015, invested in pharmaceutical companies that she was supposed to regulate.

Harms After Psychedelic Use Can Persist for Years

Users tell of panic, depression, trauma, social disconnection, and feelings of unreality, even three years after their psychedelic experience.

Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis Often Used to Discredit Patient Experiences

A new article uses the concept of epistemic injustice to argue that Borderline Personality Disorder silences patient voices and perpetuates harmful stereotypes.

Japanese Study Strengthens Link Between Childhood Adversity and Later Psychological Distress

People who report multiple types of childhood adversity are at a particularly high risk of severe psychological distress as adults.

Types of Trauma Exposures Predict Specific Psychosis Symptoms

A new study explores the role that types of cumulative exposures to trauma have on the development of specific psychotic symptoms.

Global Mental Health Leaders Shift Away from Biomedical Model Towards Rights-Based Approaches

A new Lancet article marks a departure from traditional global mental health models, advocating for culturally inclusive and community-centered strategies—a win for long-time critics.

Antiseizure Drug Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Large Risk of Autism, ADHD, and Intellectual Disability

Harms are “largely overlooked by psychiatry despite widespread usage,” according to the researchers.

Ending the Fear-Driven Cycle in Suicidal Care

Clinicians' fear-driven approaches to suicidality may do more harm than good.
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Living Near Greenspace Linked to Fewer Antidepressant Prescriptions

A new study reveals the mental health benefits of living close to greenspace, showing a reduction in the need for antidepressant medications.

Chennai vs. Montreal: Cultural Differences in Psychosis Outcomes

A new study in Schizophrenia Research finds significant health and mental health improvements among early psychosis patients in Chennai compared to Montreal, underscoring cultural influences in mental health care.

More Psychologists, More Problems? The Paradox of Mental Health Workforce Expansion

New research reveals a surprising link: increasing the mental health workforce is associated with a greater burden of mental health disorders in developed countries. This paradox challenges conventional strategies and calls for a radical rethink of mental health services.
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Many Results in Psychology and Medicine Are False Positives

Only 27.3% of the results in psychology and only 5.3% of the results in medicine have “strong evidence” for being true.

Childhood Maltreatment Linked to 25% of Mental Health Disorders in Australia

New research reveals the staggering mental health burden caused by child abuse, highlighting the urgent need for systemic intervention.

Art as Clinical Method: The Radical Legacy of Nise da Silveira in Brazilian Psychiatry

Miguel Manon highlights Brazilian psychiatrist Nise da Silveira’s transformative contributions to radical and critical psychiatry through art therapy.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Linked to ADHD Symptoms

Research from the University of Bordeaux uncovers how adverse childhood experiences increase the likelihood of ADHD symptoms in French students.

Wunderink: Antipsychotics Can Be Tapered Safely Without Increasing Relapse Risk

Tapering antipsychotics slowly and with supported decision-making may improve care for patients with psychosis.

New Study Reveals Stagnant Depression Outcomes in Clinical Trials Over Time

Despite the proliferation of treatments for depression, patient outcomes have not improved.

Unsettling Psychology: Embracing Indigenous Insights to Challenge Colonial Legacies

This critical analysis urges psychology to radically incorporate Indigenous methodologies to heal not just individuals but the discipline itself.

Decoding Therapeutic Success: Strategies of an Expert Psychotherapist

Research on an expert psychotherapist demonstrated collaboration, emotional security, meaningful exploration, and responsiveness to clients’ needs.

Pharma Pushed “Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis” to Boost Drug Sales, Researchers Report

Pharma company Acadia pushed the new diagnosis to increase sales of Nuplazid (pimavanserin), resulting in avoidable deaths.

“No Promising Biomarkers” Identified for ADHD

A new study reviews all the various possible biomarkers for identifying ADHD—and comes up empty-handed.

UN’s Mental Health Goals Off Track as Social Factors Remain Unaddressed, Study Shows

Researchers call for global policy change to align mental health spending with the social challenges of poverty, inequality, and neighborhood safety, based on the latest comprehensive review.