Friday, May 29, 2020

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Integrating Psychodynamic Approaches with CBT Improves Therapy Outcomes

New evidence suggests that combining psychodynamic therapy principles improves skill-based therapies like CBT for the treatment of anxiety.

Considerations for Research With Marginalized Communities During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges to research with marginalized communities and increases health disparities.

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care: An Interview with UN Envoy Dainius Pūras

MIA's Ana Florence interviews United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras about his own journey as a psychiatrist and the future of rights-based approaches to mental health.

Study Reveals How Psychiatric Staff Rationalize Coercion with Children

Coercion in psychiatric care is perceived as permissible by authority figures when children are viewed as “incomplete human beings."

New Algorithms Fail to Predict Antidepressant Treatment Outcomes

Researchers suggest that because most antidepressant “success” is due to the placebo effect, they may never find a way to predict outcomes.

Researchers Question Validity of Treatment Resistant Depression

Treatment resistant depression erroneously focuses on patient characteristics and ignores efficacy of treatment (or lack thereof).

Applying Open Dialogue to Social Work with Children and Families

A new pilot study tests Open Dialogue principles, hinging on active listening, in the development of assessment procedures in a London-based social work program.

Minority Stress Model Connects Autism and Mental Health

Exploring the negative social factors allows for a nuanced understanding of both autism and mental health.

How Mental Health Syndromes Arise From Social Change

A new theory describes how mental health syndromes arise out of complex social and ecological situations.

No Good Evidence That Antidepressants Prevent Relapse

Trials of antidepressants for relapse prevention are confounded by withdrawal effects caused by the drugs.

When Psychology Speaks for You, Without You: Sunil Bhatia on Decolonizing Psychology

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Sunil Bhatia about decolonizing psychology, confronting the field’s racist past, colonial foundations, and neoliberal present.

Self-Compassion Interventions Promising for Eating Disorders

Being aware of negative emotions and being compassionate towards oneself reduces symptoms of eating disorders, study finds.

Neuropsychological Tests Reveal Consequences of Polypharmacy

Neuropsychological assessments reveal the cognitive, occupational, and social impact of polypharmacy in psychiatry.

Mindfulness Interventions May Improve Psychosis Outcomes

A new study suggests the use of mindfulness-based interventions during inpatient hospitalizations for psychosis reduces readmission rates.

Why Artificial Intelligence is Not Ready for Healthcare

Researchers explain that healthcare companies have not adopted artificial intelligence algorithms because they do not work well and fail to show results.

Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Multicultural Medicine

A new study offers an approach to ethics in medicine that attends to the humanity and the context and culture of the individual.

Researchers Find Industry Bias in Medical Education for Binge Eating Disorder

The latest study documenting the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on medical education courses finds biased drug promotion for binge eating disorder.

Why We Need to Rethink Personhood to Understand Disability and Technology

Research in anthropology on how technology augments disability reveals holes in Western theories of personhood.

Almost Everyone Meets Criteria for ‘Mental Illness’

A study following over one thousand people across 45 years finds that nearly nine out of ten people meet the criteria for a mental illness at some point in their lives.

Who’s the Ideal Client? How Implicit Bias Affects Care of Ethnic Minorities

The mental health system continues to prioritize the “ideal client,” leading to worse treatment for ethnic minorities.

Racial Microaggressions Increase Symptoms of Traumatic Stress

Research finds that frequent exposure to racial and ethnic microaggressions takes its toll on mental health.

Community Supports Decrease Substance Use in LGBTQ Youth

New research finds that investment in LGBTQ community programs and events is associated with decreased substance use among LGBTQ youth.

Gene Sequencing Not Relevant for Schizophrenia

A new gene sequencing study finds no genetic variants to be significant predictors of schizophrenia.

Attempts to Address Mental Health in Schools Must Include Student Voices

A recent systematic review illuminates the importance of inclusion in the success of school-based mental health initiatives.

FDA Inspections Revealing Research Misconduct Hidden from Public View

In a new viewpoint article published in the top-tier medical journal JAMA, researchers urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to publicly release inspection reports.

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