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Jem Tosh Challenges Psychology’s Inclusivity Illusion

In a candid conversation with Güler Cansu Ağören, Tosh reveals the unsettling chasm between psychology’s proclamations of inclusivity and its actual practices.
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A Bold Critique of Global Mental Health’s Expansion and Scalability

Challenging the 'scaling up' narrative, a multidisciplinary team confronts the overlooked value of local knowledge in global mental health interventions.

Brain Changes from ECT Linked to Worse Outcomes

New research questions the assumption that brain changes after ECT are beneficial to service users.

How Kierkegaard Connects Our Surging Anxiety to the Spirit of Our Age

Hannah Venable delves into Kierkegaard to unveil anxiety and melancholy's deep ties to our historical moment.

Early Intervention in Ultrahigh Risk for Psychosis Ineffective

Few transition to psychosis anyway, relapse rates were high after treatment, maintenance therapy was ineffective, and no treatment was more effective than any other.

Collaborative Study Challenges Traditional Views of Depression, Enriches Understanding

Researchers and experts by experience collaborate to offer an in-depth perspective on the realities of living with and recovering from depression.

Redefining Mental Health Care in Portugal with Open Dialogue

Researchers see hopeful outcomes from the country's first Open Dialogue program, emphasizing the role of community and shared decision-making.

Can Individual Focus of CBT Harm Those Facing Systemic Discrimination?

Researchers highlight potential risks when CBT psychotherapy overlooks systemic issues in favor of individualized solutions, especially for marginalized communities.

In Nicaragua, Trauma and Faith Shape Understanding of Psychosis

Amid political instability and trauma, many attribute mental health conditions to external events and turn to communal practices for healing.

JAMA Psychiatry: Lifting Families out of Poverty May Prevent Psychosis

Researchers controlled for family history of SMI, which “lends credence to a causal interpretation” of the link between poverty and psychosis.

Study Highlights Growing Diversity of Mental Health Models

A new study captures the increasing diversity of mental health models that are on offer to help us make sense of our own minds.

Social Determinants in Global Mental Health: Beyond Pills and Psychotherapy

The interplay of economic, environmental, and societal factors in mental health, demands a deeper, wider perspective in addressing global mental health.

Eco-Anger, Not Eco-Anxiety, Drives Pro-Environmental Actions

A new study emphasizes the critical role of "eco-anger" over the oft-discussed "eco-anxiety" in motivating pro-environmental actions.

Childhood Trauma and Stressful Life Events Linked to Depression in Pakistani Women

Enhanced social support, along with increased levels of extraversion and conscientiousness, may act as buffers against depression in this group.

SSRI Use During Pregnancy Alters the Child’s Brain Development

Reduced brain volumes due to SSRI exposure in pregnancy was not explained by maternal depression alone.

What Does Social Inclusion for Psychosocial Disabilities Mean in Diverse Contexts?

A new study explores the complexities of social inclusion in mental health across Ghana and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Theater Can Foster Empathy and Promote a Richer Understanding of Psychosis

A new article explores theater as an outlet for fostering empathy and understanding for persons with lived experiences of psychosis.

Stretching Terms and Missing the Mark in our Mental Health Discourse

The expansion of mental health and illness concepts strains an already saturated and under-resourced mental healthcare system, neglecting those most in need.

Publication Bias is Corrupting the Scientific Record, New Evidence from PM&R

A new study finds that randomized control trials in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) show significant publication bias.

Psychiatric Frameworks Fail to Capture Unusual Perceptions and Voice-Hearing in Youth

Researchers argue that cultural anthropology offers more nuanced insights into the unusual perceptions that psychiatry labels as psychotic symptoms.

Literature Provides Deeper Look Into Nation’s Mental Health

Our fictional worlds and the study of literature both reflect and shape the American mental health debate.

When Crises Collide: The Looming Threat of Climate Change on Opioid Users

Experts warn of a “perfect storm” where climate change and opioid use disorders intersect, creating heightened risks and challenges.
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Institutional Forces Eroding Compassion in Mental Health Services

Increasing funding and organizational support while fostering reflexivity and de-emphasizing biomedical models can improve compassion in mental healthcare.
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Psychiatric Journals’ Pro-Pharma Publication Bias Hides Suicide Risk of Antidepressants

Selective publication bias in top psychiatry journals was not explained by the quality of the studies, but by financial ties to pharma.

Is TikTok Serving or Sabotaging Youth Mental Health?

A deep dive into TikTok - the world’s most popular app - and its implications for child and youth mental health.