Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Why not Diagnose Social Conditions Instead of Individual Symptoms?

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A new analysis of mental health data in the UK finds that clinicians rarely use ICD codes related to social determinants.
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How Does Professionalization Impact Lived Experience Work in Mental Health?

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Researchers examine the benefits and drawbacks of the move toward professionalizing lived experience work in mental health settings.

Antipsychotic Adherence Research Overlooks Key Information

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Researchers argue for a shift away from a focus on antipsychotic adherence toward understanding service users’ diverse patterns of use.

New Guidelines for Supervisors of Peer Support Workers

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A new set of guidelines were developed to inform supervisors of peer support workers in mental health services.
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New Study: The Clinical High Risk for Psychosis (CHR-P) Model Is Flawed

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The CHR-P model focuses on “attenuated psychosis” to predict “transition” to schizophrenia and ignores other factors. But new research shows that the model is a poor predictor.

Researchers Propose Study to Test Whether Antidepressants Impede Recovery

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Evolutionary theorists suggest that antidepressants interfere with the adaptive function of depression and propose a test of this theory.

Reading Literary Fiction May Challenge us to see Others in More Nuanced Ways

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Researchers find evidence that reading literary fiction can lead to improved abilities to imagine the psychological lives of others.

How Relational Approaches to Mental Health Implicate our Political Systems

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Research in India and Zambia exposes individualistic approaches to mental health and highlights the power of relational conceptions.

Do People Diagnosed with Autism Have Enhanced Rationality?

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Researchers examine the possibility of enhanced rationality and reduced cognitive biases in people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Voice Hearing Adolescents Report Diverse Experiences

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Qualitative accounts of voice hearing adolescents reveal a wide range of experiences with both comforting and distressing voices.

Researchers Critique the Medical Model, Propose an Alternative

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Researchers from Poland detail a thorough critique of current medical model approaches to mental health and propose a shift to humane care.

Defining Mental Disorders Can Be a “Fuzzy” Affair

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Relying on notions of “harm” and “psychobiological dysfunction” can result in “fuzzy” categorizing of “mental disorders.”

Access to Work and Social Inclusion Central to Rights Based Mental Health

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New research in Ghana illustrates how rights based mental health goes beyond access to treatment to improve access to work and inclusion.

Four Essential Studies on Antidepressant Withdrawal Every Prescriber Must Read

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A researcher and service user Stevie Lewis recounts her own experience with antidepressant withdrawal and what she wishes her doctors knew.

Fostering Post-Traumatic Growth in Historical Trauma

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Social workers integrate the Historical Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth frameworks to treat the trauma of societal violence.

Medical Sociologist Details the Failures of American Psychiatry

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A new article in Psychological Medicine argues that American psychiatry has ultimately failed those it is meant to serve.

Poverty Rates in US Counties Predict Youth Suicide Risk

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Young people in US counties with higher concentrations of poverty are at greater risk for suicide, particularly by firearms.

Governments Need to do More to Support the Inclusion of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

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Countries are failing to protect and promote the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities per the CRPD and international law.

“Excessive” Screening Questionnaires: Unhelpful, Inefficient, Potentially Harmful

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Some patients received more than 100 excess screening questionnaires when they saw their doctor, the researchers report.
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Moving from Cultural Competency to Decolonizing Health Care

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Researchers at an inter-tribal clinic examine how postcolonial inequities influence Native health and call for decolonizing health care.

Digital Technologies Flatten Lived Experience of Psychosis and Collude with Neoliberal Medicalization

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Researchers critically examined the use of digital self-monitoring tools in first-episode psychosis clinics.

How Sexual Minority Stress Impacts Personality Development

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New research examines how heterosexism affects personality development and subsequent responses to sexual minority stress.

Can Mental Health Nurses Help Localize Global Mental Health?

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The pandemic has provided an opportunity to develop culturally sensitive global mental health reforms.

Decoupling Psychiatric Crisis Response from Policing

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A team of psychiatrists of color urges the medical profession to change in response to harmful police responses to psychiatric crises.

Pets More Effective for Grief Support than Humans, Study Finds

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A new study explores effective forms of grief support, finding that animals are more effective than humans in providing support.

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