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Digital Psychiatry Transforms How We Think About Mental Health

The emerging field of digital psychiatry uses our online data to search for evidence of mental health issues in each of us.

Understanding Self-Harm as Embodied Communication

Rather than an exclusively private “symptom of mental illness,” self-injury may be a form of deeply embodied and complex communication.

Mental Wellness Tied to Social Justice Policies, Study Finds

Data from the European Union suggests that countries with greater concern for social justice initiatives have happier and more satisfied citizens.

Mental Health Apps Fail to Protect Privacy, Harming Users

A new empirical review finds that mental health apps fail to protect user privacy, which can lead to exploitation and social consequences.

How Teachers Manage Emotions Impacts Student Well-being

A new study explores the influence of teacher emotion regulation, life satisfaction, and burnout on student well-being.

Polygenic Risk Score: What Is It Good For?

Despite large-scale research, the polygenic risk score, as yet, has shown no clinical utility in psychiatry.

Sexual Minorities Over-Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

Study finds that sexual minority individuals are more likely to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder with conventional diagnostic methods.

Limited Evidence and Unknowns in Teletherapy

Teletherapy has not yet been investigated by clinical research, leaving mental health professionals to operate in the dark.
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Antipsychotic Augmentation Increases Risk of Death

A new study finds that adding an antipsychotic to existing antidepressant treatment is associated with a 45% increased risk of early death.

Can We Move Toward Mindful Medicine? An Interview with Integrative Psychiatrist Natalie Campo

MIA's Madison Natarajan interviews Natalie Campo about integrative psychiatry and holistic approaches to drug tapering and withdrawal.

Greater Exposure to Antipsychotics Associated with Worse Long-Term Outcomes

A new study finds adverse long-term consequences associated with the increased use of antipsychotics in first-episode psychosis.

Pairing Psychiatric Residents with Service Users to Reduce Dehumanization

A “co-produced” educational course between psychiatry residents and service users may help reduce dehumanization in the field.

Researchers Call on Global Mental Health Movement to Address Racism

Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, scholars of global mental health begin to reckon with racism in their field.

Disability and Mental Health Discrimination in Artificial Intelligence Systems

Mental health care recipients disproportionately bear the brunt of AI-enabled human rights infringements.

Psychiatry’s Top Experts Acknowledge Lasting Harms of Antidepressant Withdrawal

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ former president demands support for patients coming off antidepressants.

How Young Adults Understand the Impact of COVID-19 on Their Own Lives

A new qualitative study explores the effects and implications of COVID-19 containment measures from the perspective of young people impacted.

Further Results Confirm Antidepressants Increase Risk of Violent Crime By 26%

Taking an SSRI antidepressant was associated with a 26% increased risk of violent crime conviction.

Using AI to Find Vocal Biomarkers of ‘Mental Illness’ is Likely to Deepen Bias

Efforts to improve screening of vocal biomarkers through technology may deepen rather than mitigate bias in psychiatric diagnosis.

Discussing Racial Stress with Black Youth Can Improve Mental Health and Create Systemic Change

Researchers explore the relationships between racial stress, critical consciousness, and social action and activism.

Drama Therapy as Psychosocial Support for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Psychodrama and theater of the oppressed can increase meaning in life and reduce internalized sexism for survivors of domestic violence.

Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic through Terror Management Theory

Terror management theory sheds light on how subconscious death anxiety is driving political polarization and social unrest during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unblinding in Antidepressant Trials Biases Results

Studies that compare the effectiveness of different antidepressant drugs are unreliable, according to new research in BMC Psychiatry.

How to Understand Soaring Rates of Bipolar Disorder in Iran

Researchers find that the spread of Western psychiatric interventions and local structural factors are driving the soaring rates of Bipolar Spectrum Disorder in Iran.

Medical Ghostwriting, Hearing Voices, and a Haunted Psychiatry

Postcolonial theory and other critical approaches can aid in unveiling the injustices that “haunt” psychiatry.

Neoliberalism and Me Culture Undermine Mental Wellness and Human Dignity

Prilleltensky argues that individualism and neoliberalism undermine the key components of a healthy society and worsen mental health.

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