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Depression Stigma May Be Decreasing; Psychosis Stigma Increasing

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Researchers found that in the US, stigma around depression may be decreasing, while stigma around psychosis and substance use disorder may be increasing.
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A Blood Test for Suicide? Not When the Cases Overlap with Healthy Controls

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Researchers claim to have found biomarkers that differentiate those who died by suicide from those who died from other causes. Does their data support such a finding?

Study Highlights Uptake of Voice Hearing Groups in Brazil

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Brazilian researchers present the qualitative results of peer-led voice hearing groups that are integrated into standard psychiatric care.

Can Psychoanalysis Fight Capitalism?

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A recent paper argues that psychoanalysis can aid left-wing political struggles as “preparatory work for revolution.”
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How Unaddressed Cultural Differences Affect the Therapeutic Relationship

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Unacknowledged cultural differences lead to patient ambivalence and mistrust in the therapeutic relationship.
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Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Linked to Poor Neonatal Outcomes

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A new study finds risks of pre-term birth, low birth weight, and postnatal adaptation syndrome were increased by SSRI use during pregnancy.

How Concepts Like Trauma and Resilience Reinforce Neoliberalism in the Global South

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How talk of “resilience” and “trauma” forces neoliberal narratives onto Global South communities.

Conflict of Interest Policies in Europe May Hide Pharma Influence

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Researchers find that European payment reporting policies may be hiding conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry.

Social Media Influencers Now Marketing Drugs to Niche Audiences for Big Pharma

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Pharmaceutical companies have started to use social media for direct-to-consumer marketing.

Debunking the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart

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The Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart informs our current nature vs. nurture debate on intelligence, but the results are now in question.

Psychologists Issue Guidelines for Addressing Economic Marginalization

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The American Psychological Association issues new guidelines for therapy with low-income people who face economic marginalization.
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Pandemic Precarity Exposes Need for New Psychology of Work

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A recent study on precarity during the pandemic highlights the need for a new psychology of work for our current historical moment.

Research Explores the Experience of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

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A new study reveals many benzodiazepine users are misinformed about the risks of withdrawal and experience devastating consequences.

Sense of Meaningfulness in Life Protects Against Mental Distress

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A new study explores meaningfulness as a protective factor and crisis of meaning as worsening mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Distinguish Antidepressant Withdrawal from Relapse

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Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide advice on how to tell the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and depression relapse.

Leaders in Psychosis Treatment Outline Future Directions for Youth Mental Health Services

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Prominent researchers and leaders in early psychosis provide suggestions for the future of youth mental health services.
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Capitalism and the Biomedical Model of Mental Health

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Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff argues that we should abandon the medical model and focus instead on how the mental health system relates to capitalism.

A Network Approach to Mental Disorders Could Supplant the DSM

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The network approach to mental disorders prioritizes treating interconnected symptoms rather than singular diagnoses.

Did Psychiatry Ever Endorse the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression?

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With the chemical imbalance theory falling out of fashion, researchers examine the claim that psychiatry never truly endorsed it.
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Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life

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A new study found that taking antidepressants did not improve quality of life.

How Global Mental Health Guidelines Produce False Universality

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Behind the scenes, Global Mental Health experts disagree on the universality and cross-cultural applicability of current approaches.

Can Humanistic Psychology Shift How We Measure Mental Health?

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A new article examines progress related to increased inclusion of principles from Humanistic Psychology in mental health outcome measures.

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

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The report identifies direct and indirect methods to reduce, prevent, and eliminate coercive practices in mental health treatment.
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Patient Reports Reveal SSRI Antidepressants Often Lead to Emotional Blunting

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According to patient reports, SSRI antidepressants most frequently lead to the subjective experience of emotional blunting.

Psychology “Incompatible with Hypothesis-Driven Theoretical Science”

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Researchers point out how the field of psychology often manipulates studies to support theories rather than revising theories in light of new results.

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