Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Research News

Alarming Overprescription Patterns for Older Adults on Antidepressants

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New study finds polypharmacy for 73% of older adults on antidepressants, with 56% at risk of harmful drug interactions.

JAMA Psychiatry: No Evidence that Psychiatric Treatments Produce “Successful Outcomes”

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In a viewpoint article in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers reveal that psychiatry is unable to demonstrate improving patient outcomes over time.

Global Survey Leads to New Recommendations for Deprescribing Psychiatric Drugs

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Growing rates of long-term psychiatric drug prescriptions and documented issues with withdrawal demonstrate a need for safe deprescribing practices.
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Breathwork May be Accessible Alternative for Anxiety Treatment

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A new review suggests breathwork interventions may be a useful but under-researched non-drug alternative for anxiety treatment.
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Mental Health Awareness Campaigns May Actually Lead to Increases in Mental Distress

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More people may get help for conditions that would have been overlooked in the past, but mental health awareness may also exacerbate mental distress for others.

Researchers Warn of Major Threats to the Validity of Psychedelic Research

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Warning of “history repeating,” researchers list ten problems with psychedelic research that make conclusions about efficacy and safety uncertain.

Mad Studies and Mad Pride on the Rise in Latin America

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Mad Pride and Mad Studies are growing in Latin America, paving the way for new research agendas and cultural, political, and social frameworks.

Mental Health Care More System-Centered Than Person-Centered

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A new qualitative study identifies how institutional interests in the mental health field dehumanize care for clients.

Common Air Pollutants Connected to Depression and Anxiety

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As air pollution becomes increasingly common, researchers report an association between exposure to air pollutants and depression and anxiety.

Poverty and Childhood Maltreatment Impact Developing Brains in Complex Ways

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A new meta-analysis from Columbia University's Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory finds that early life adversity has complex effects on brain development.

Machine Learning Fails to Identify Depression Based on Neurobiology

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“The fact that we cannot find meaningful (univariate or multivariate) neurobiological differences on the level of the individual for one of the most prevalent mental disorders should give us pause.” –Lead researcher Nils R. Winter

News Organizations Spread Misconceptions About PTSD on Social Media

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News media, especially portrayals of PTSD, are likely to exacerbate mental health stigma and perpetuate stereotypes.

Areas With Low Rates of Involuntary Commitments Do Not See More Adverse Events

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A Norwegian study finds that areas that do not frequently utilize involuntary commitments on psychiatric patients do not show more patients harms.

Physical Activity Improves Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

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A review of studies finds that physical activity shows benefits across all populations for mental health and aids in the management of many chronic illnesses.

New Guidance on Antidepressant Withdrawal for Doctors in the UK

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New guidance for primary care doctors in the UK on antidepressant discontinuation acknowledges severe and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.
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Critical Consciousness Helps Marginalized Youth Turn Mental Distress Toward Social Action

Psychological distress motivates racialized youth to engage in social action, developing critical consciousness and self-esteem.

Deteriorating Relationships and Family Bonds Drive Youth Mental Health Crisis

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New data from Sapien Labs finds a generational decline in social and familial relationships linked to the youth mental health crisis.

Women’s Suicidal Acts in Sri Lanka Embedded in Cultural Meanings

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Research with young women in Sri Lanka reveals how Western mental health models miss the cultural and contextual factors at play.

Running Therapy For Depression as Effective as Antidepressants Without the Health Risks

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Participants taking antidepressants saw a deterioration in physical health, while those taking part in running therapy saw improvements.

Understanding the Neurobiology of Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction

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Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) may be a common adverse effect of antidepressants. Researchers are now attempting to understand the neurobiology behind it.

Data Erasure of Native American Communities Conceals Mortality Rates and Social Inequity

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Research on deaths of despair has excluded data on death rates of Native American and other minoritized communities contributing to underfunding and failures to address social inequity.

The Case of EMDR in Cambodia Shows Pitfalls of Mental Health Humanitarian Aid

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A case study of EMDR in Cambodia reveals a few of the pitfalls of international mental health humanitarian aid in low and middle-income countries.

Lived Experience Affects Mental Health Professionals’ Approach

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New research explores how lived experience shapes clinicians’ perceptions and approaches to understanding mental health.

Neighborhood Disadvantage Linked to Mental Health Issues Later in Life

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Neighborhood based mental health interventions, job skills training, and psychosocial supports are necessary primary health measures.
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Your Mental Health Information Is for Sale

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Data brokers are selling massive lists of your psychiatric diagnoses, prescriptions, hospitalizations, and even lab results, all linked to identifiable contact information.