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Structural Competency and Social Medicine to Transform Global Mental Health

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Helena Hansen advocates for integrating U.S. structural competency with Latin American social medicine to reshape mental healthcare into a vehicle for social change and justice.

Watchful Waiting and Depathologization Effective First Line Approach to Depression

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A new study highlights the benefits of a partial watchful waiting approach as a first-line treatment to non-suicidal depressive symptoms.

Common Side Effects Leading to Antidepressant Discontinuation

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New research finds the negative drug effects most commonly associated with initiating antidepressant discontinuation are anxiety, suicidal thoughts, vomiting, and rashes.

Exercise Leads to Best Outcomes for Depression

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New meta-analysis reveals that exercise beats antidepressants and CBT for depression.

Rethinking Psychosis: Nursing’s Role in Challenging Psychiatry’s Biological Paradigm

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Nursing scholars explore the crisis in psychiatry's approach to psychosis and highlights the potential for mental health nurses to drive scientific revolution.

High Suicide Risk Looms After Depression Hospitalization

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Study finds alarming spike in suicide risk immediately following hospitalization, urging reforms in mental health care practices.

Challenging the Empty Metaphors of the “Chemical Imbalance” Myth

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Janis H. Jenkins uncovers the cultural dynamics shaping perceptions of mental health treatments, challenging the oversimplified concept of a "chemical imbalance" in psychiatric discourse.

Antidepressant Use Linked to Sexual Dysfunction, Why Aren’t Prescribers Discussing It?

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Research sheds light on the impact of antidepressants on sexual dysfunction, emphasizing the need for patient-physician communication.

Antidepressant Use Tightly Correlates with Increased Suicide Rates

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While the study can’t confirm causality, it does contradict the notion that antidepressants reduce suicide at the population level.

From Individual to Society: New Insights on Mental Health Care’s Role in Social Justice

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A new study from Brazil challenges conventional mental health practices, advocating for socially sensitive therapy to empower individuals and address systemic inequities.

From Convenience to Concern: Ethical Quandaries in Mental Health Apps

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A new study unveils the hidden ethical challenges in the burgeoning world of consumer mental health apps, questioning their efficacy and privacy measures.

How Critical Psychology Can Empower the Neurodiversity Movement

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A new article sheds light on the crucial intersection of critical psychology and the neurodiversity movement, advocating for the inclusion of autistic voices in mainstream psychology.

Treating Eating Disorders Involves Shifting ‘Eating Disorder Voice’

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Research finds that the 'eating disorder voice' decreases in severity, malevolence and omnipotence through treatment.

Psychotherapy Without Antidepressants Shows Best Results for Depression

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New study finds psychotherapy alone to be the best first-line intervention option to mitigate the risk of suicide attempts and other serious psychiatric adverse events.

Global Study Questions Antidepressant Use, Points to Social Determinants of Mental Health

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A new cross-national study questions the effectiveness of antidepressants, highlighting the crucial role of social and economic factors in addressing global mental health challenges.

Challenging Schizophrenia Narratives in Psychology Textbooks

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Analysis of introductory psychology textbooks reveals the construction of harmful discourses for people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Despite Safety Risks, Prescribers Receive Little Guidance of Monitoring Antipsychotic Clozapine

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A new review finds a lack of available guidance on how to effectively monitor adverse effects of antipsychotic drug clozapine.

Psychiatric Assessments Impacted by Gender, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Study Finds

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Clinician biases in psychiatric assessments lead to different treatment recommendations for people with identical symptoms.

For Suicide, Hospitalization May Harm Just as Much as It Helps

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Hospitalization did not reduce a person’s risk of fatal or nonfatal suicide attempts in the next year.

A Truce in the Therapy Wars? CBT and Psychodynamic Therapy Found Equally Effective

A comprehensive study disrupts the 'therapy wars,' demonstrating that psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies offer similar outcomes in depression treatment.
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New Study Challenges DSM’s View on Trauma, Highlights Impact of Social Discrimination

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Researchers develop a scale to measure trauma from sexism, racism, and cisheterosexism, revealing significant links to posttraumatic stress and challenging the DSM's limited view on trauma.

Racial Bias in Arrests for Mental Health Symptoms

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An eye-opening study indicates that Black Americans with mental health symptoms are more likely to face arrest than White Americans, suggesting systemic racism in criminal justice responses.

One in Three Report Side Effects from Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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New study reveals 33.2% of therapy patients experience side effects, including strained family relations and symptom deterioration.

ACT May Help Reduce Relapse in Psychosis

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While both ACT and treatment as usual reduced psychotic symptoms, only ACT reduced rehospitalization and psychological distress.
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The Revolving Door of Mental Illness: Unveiling the Limitations of Current Psychiatric Approaches

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Mental health treatments fall short, fail to prevent 'revolving door' effect, study suggests.