Monday, January 30, 2023


Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to “rethink psychiatry.”

Antidepressants Blunt Emotions and Cause Sexual Dysfunction

“It is possible that participants taking escitalopram experience greater sexual dysfunction due to experiencing less pleasure,” the researchers write.

Researchers Seek Standardized and Safe Antidepressant Tapering Protocol

A new study promotes the use of a standardized approach to antidepressant tapering.

Your ‘For You’ Page is Analyzing Your ‘Data Double,’ Tailoring Diagnostic Advertisements

Diagnostic advertisements on social media shape our understanding of ourselves and disability through digital surveillance.

Acts of Kindness Can Improve Our Mental Health and Social Connections

A new study finds that engaging in acts of kindness can improve our well-being by encouraging us to focus less on ourselves.

Recovery Rates from First Episode Psychosis Vary Depending on the Definition of “Recovery”

Clinical recovery from first episode psychosis may need to be redefined as many "healthy" subjects do not meet functional criteria.

Therapy Beats Drugs for Depression for Long-Term Outcomes

Combining drugs and therapy also did not lead to better depression outcomes than therapy alone.

Study Details How Listening to Music Alters Stress and Mood

New data from the COVID-19 lockdown suggests that we may be underestimating the power of music to affect mood and improve well-being.

Disability Justice Goes Beyond the Social Model

The social model of disability successfully turned the focus from biomedicine toward society. Is disability justice the next step?

With Psychiatry at a Crossroads, Scholars Review Alternatives

Nikolas and Diana Rose review possible alternatives to mainstream psychiatry that recognize the expertise of lived experience.

Brain Changes Linked to Early Socioeconomic Status May Persist in Adulthood

Researchers suggest that differences in socioeconomic status may leave a "neural imprint" that persists throughout the life course.

FDA Approves Another Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

Lecanemab was approved without an advisory committee vote, just days after a congressional investigation found the FDA acted unethically to approve aducanumab.

UK Suicide Prevention Policies Prioritize Surveillance Over Social Change

UK policies fail to identify the social drivers of suicide and instead prioritize surveillance data and social control.

Common Mental Disorders Rising Again in the UK

After a slight reduction in 2020, symptoms of "common mental disorders," such as depression and anxiety, have been rising for decades.

Healthcare Failures Raise Alarms and Reduce Access for LGBTQ+ People

LGBTQ+ people face economic and cultural barriers to accessing affirmative mental healthcare.
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The Faulty Reasoning That Turned ADHD Into a Disease

Leading ADHD researchers outline four mistakes that turned ADHD from a description of behavior into a medical disease.

What it Takes to Create Meaningful Inclusion in Mental Health Research

Lancet Psychiatry article lays out strategies for mental health researchers to meaningfully partner with individuals with lived experience.

Abortion Restrictions Increase Suicide Rates for Women

Research in JAMA Psychiatry finds suicide rates of women between the ages of 20-34 increased by 5.8% following abortion restrictions.

The Medicalization of Childhood Behaviors Does More Harm than Good

Through medicalization, the world is blaming children for their inattention and sadness when really, the world is to blame.

User-led Research on First-Person Narratives of Psychosis Highlights Breadth of Experiences

A new article highlights Psychosis Outside the Box, a user-led project on the range of lived experiences of psychosis.
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Autistic Adults Display Greater Generosity to Strangers

Study finds people diagnosed with autism are more likely to make generous choices and are less susceptible to framing effects.
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Researchers: ECT Study in Children Methodologically Flawed, Ethically Concerning

The original study's authors wrote that the side effects were acceptable, despite the fact that 68% of the children had memory loss and over a third experienced delirium.

Reducing Health Care Provider Stigma with Theater

Theater can help providers see common experiences for stigmatized populations, decreasing discriminatory beliefs.

Six Steps for Addressing Anti-Fat Bias in Therapy

Fatphobia and anti-fat bias can undermine the therapeutic relationship and reduce the safety and effectiveness of therapy.
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Neoliberal Performance-based Wages Linked to Health Problems

The pay volatility of performance-based wages in gig work is linked to worse sleep quality, headaches, back pain, and stomach issues.

Questionable Research Practices Common in Randomized Controlled Trials

Study finds bias may be mitigated by female authorship, higher impact factors, registration of trials, and mention of reporting standards.

Antidepressants Plus Immune Response Terminate Pregnancies in Mice

Also, male mice born to mothers with an immune response exhibited “autistic-like” behaviors, scientists report.

Clinical Psychology Must Adapt to Help Humanity Face Existential Threats

Clinicians push for psychology to adopt an existential stance and meaningfully engage the myriad existential threats of our time.

Marginalization in BIPOC Neighborhoods Leads to Mental Health Crises

Structural racism, legacies of redlining, and a lack of childhood opportunities increase rates of mental health crisis calls in BIPOC neighborhoods.

How Trauma Theory is Oppressive in Occupied Palestine

In Palestine, trauma-informed care misses the mark. Liberation psychology is needed to address neo-colonialism.

Poverty Underlies Many Neurological and Behavioral Problems in Adolescents

Poverty leads to a reduced cortical surface area, which may be responsible for 9% of externalizing problems in adolescents.
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Researchers Identify Factors to Predict Risk of Antidepressant Withdrawal

Paroxetine, SNRIs, and MAOIs were associated with the highest risk of withdrawal, as was long duration of use and whether the person experienced withdrawal in the past.

Neuropolitics: Understanding Politics Through Neuroscience is a Dangerous Affair

Understanding political decision-making from a purely neuroscientific perspective, or neuropolitics, can contribute to western ethnocentrism.

Bringing Emotional Safety to Inpatient Psychiatry

An article in Lancet Psychiatry argues that inpatient psychiatry should prioritize patients’ emotional safety over short-term risk management.

Stereotyping from Psychotherapists Means Worse Care for Refugees

New evidence suggests that the attitudes of psychotherapists can maintain mental health disparities for refugees.

Prominent Academic Journals Score Disturbingly Low on Measures of Transparency and Openness

The refusal by academic journals to adopt more transparent policies impedes scientific progress in health and medical research.

Animals Exposed to Antidepressants in Utero Are Worse at Taking Care of Their Own...

A new study in rats found that those exposed to antidepressants in utero had an impaired ability to nurture their own children in later life.

Creating Cultural Safety in Research with Indigenous Mental Health Consumers

Indigenous researchers in Australia outline four methodological considerations to conduct culturally safe research.

Adults Treated for ADHD Report Low Quality of Life

Adults receiving ADHD medications and therapy frequently experience adverse events that interfere with employment and daily life.

Stigma Continues to Increase for Schizophrenia Despite Deliberate Focus on the Brain

Anti-stigma campaigns focused on the brain are not improving attitudes toward those diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Study Highlights Benefits of Non-Medical Approaches to Voice Hearing

Research finds that a “Talking With Voices” approach to voice hearing can reduce distress and facilitate healing.

“Talking With Voices” Therapeutic Approach Shows Promise

The survivor-informed dialogic approach, "Talking with Voices," may signal a major shift in the treatment of voice-hearing and schizophrenia.

Anti-Discrimination Policies Reduce Binge Drinking for LGBTQ Youth

Study provides new evidence that state-level pro-LGBTQ policies are associated with lower odds of binge drinking among sexual minority youth.

Gradual Tapering Recommended for Antidepressant Discontinuation

A new literature review reinforces the need to “down-titrate” or taper antidepressants, especially drugs like Celexa and Paxil.

Social Belongingness Protects Against Anxiety and Depression for Ethnic Minorities

Meta-analysis suggests that social belongingness among ethnic minorities and migrants protects against psychological distress.
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Ketamine for Depression Poses “Significant Risk to the Public”

Researchers: The evidence serves to “raise substantial questions about both safety and effectiveness of ketamine and esketamine for psychiatric disorders.”

Successful Therapy Requires Bond with Therapist, Makes Life More Meaningful

Clients finding more meaning in life is an important way that the therapeutic alliance effectively decreases psychological distress.
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History of ADHD Research Reveals Our Flawed Thinking About Mental Disorders

Stephan Schleim examines the history of ADHD to demonstrate the limits of our biological understanding of mental disorders.
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Sexual Violence in Adolescence Associated with Increased Risk of Suicide, Self-harm, and Psychological Distress

Women experience a disproportionate amount of sexual violence and associated adverse mental health outcomes.
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Peer Review Unfairly Favors Famous Names, Study Finds

Submitting articles for peer review with a Nobel Prize laureate's name attached increases acceptance rates.
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Voice-Hearers Unfairly Perceived as Unreliable Reporters of Their Own Experiences

Safe spaces where voice-hearers are accepted and believed may help decrease distress arising from experiences of epistemic injustice.

Higher Psychosis Rates in Transgender Population Likely Due to Minority Stress and Clinician Bias

The research on psychosis among transgender and gender non-conforming individuals highlights the impacts of discrimination and clinical bias.

Mindfulness as Effective as Lexapro for Anxiety

Evidenced-based mindfulness practices prove to be just as effective for anxiety symptoms as the popular SSRI escitalopram.

Drug Samples Increase Healthcare Costs and Compromise Patient Safety

Researchers present a compelling case against the pharmaceutical industry's practice of providing drug samples to providers.

Lithium Use Leads to Chronic Kidney Disease

New evidence suggests that lithium, commonly prescribed for bipolar disorder, can increase the risk of chronic kidney disease.

Therapists Who “Don’t See Color” Mistreat Clients

A new study finds that colorblind therapists, who claim they "don't see color," are likely to pathologize minoritized clients.

Racism and Coercion in First Episode Psychosis Treatment Fuels Loneliness and Mistrust

A qualitative study of young Black men in psychosis treatment illustrates pervasive police involvement and lack of patient autonomy.

Anti-Government Beliefs Associated with Decreased Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research finds a complex relationship between neoliberalism and well-being with anti-government beliefs associated with worse health outcomes.

Capitalism is Destroying our Collective Mental Health

In a new chapter, epidemiologists spell out the mounting evidence of the sickening effects of capitalism on mental health.

The Post-Lockdown Suicide Tsunami That Never Came

Data reveals that the suicide epidemic that was predicted to follow the COVID-19 lockdown never happened. Why not?

Facebook Negatively Impacted College Students’ Mental Health from the Start

Researchers track the impact of the launch and spread of Facebook in 2004 and find declining mental health in its wake.

Peer Interventions Show Promise for Recent Onset Psychosis

A study from Hong Kong finds peer-facilitated recovery groups outperform treatment as usual for psychosis.

Despite More Treatments for Depression, Prevalence Doesn’t Decrease—Why?

Perhaps depression treatments are not as effective as biased clinical trials lead us to believe, particularly for real-life patients.

Nursing Textbooks Treat Medicalization of Mental Health as Objective Fact

Nursing textbooks fail to present the contested nature of mental health issues, reinforcing medicalization as scientific fact.
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Without Liberation Psychology, Therapy Reinforces the Status Quo

Liberation psychology, inspired by MartĂ­n-BarĂł, argues for a more politically engaged psychology to disrupt the status quo.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Linked to Suicide Attempt in Case Study

Researchers suggest that antidepressant withdrawal can be a possible precipitant of suicide.

ADHD Diagnosis Leads to Worse Quality of Life, Increased Self-Harm in Kids

When comparing kids with the same symptoms who were either diagnosed with ADHD or not, those who received the diagnosis had worse outcomes.

Recovery Language in Substance Use Treatment Experienced as Oppressive Without Input of Service Users

New research in rural settings suggests that the dominant recovery from substance addiction language can exclude and oppress service users.

The Harms of De-Pathologizing Some Mental Health Conditions

Critics have consistently pointed to the harms of pathologizing our mental health, but can de-pathologizing some conditions also do harm?

High Rates of Mental Health Concerns Demonstrate Lasting Impacts of Flint Water Crisis

Years after the water crisis, the people of Flint, Michigan, are left on their own with the psychological fallout.

Can Network and System Science Save the Psy-Disciplines?

The psy-disciplines can't advance as a science built on diagnosis and biological reductionism—can system science provide a way forward?

Pharma Execs Rarely Charged When Their Companies Break the Law

“The government has not exercised the full scope of its authority to prosecute corporate officials responsible for the illegal behavior of the drug and device companies they run.”

Peer Support Effective for Clinical and Personal Recovery

A recent meta-analysis of peer support interventions shows that they are effective for clinical and personal recovery from a variety of mental health issues.

Psychodynamic Therapy Beats DBT for Improved Reflective Functioning

In a study with patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, psychodynamic therapy proved superior to DBT.
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Troubled Teen Industry Packages Abuse as Treatment

The study highlights how "troubled teens" are abused under the guise of “treatment” within therapeutic boarding schools.

Cash Payments to Families Lead to Long Term Improvements in Child Mental Health

For the US to address the mental health crisis, research suggests that policies must target poverty and inequality.

Lithium for Suicide Prevention Not Supported by Evidence

A new meta-analysis shows that the evidence does not support the claim that lithium prevents suicide.

California “CARE Court” Forces Unhoused People into Treatment

ACLU responds to “Care Court,” stressing that people deserve dignified care, not forced treatment.

Long Term Antidepressant Use Associated With Increased Morbidity and Mortality

A study finds that commonly prescribed antidepressants are associated with the development of diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases.

Antidiscrimination Litigation May Prevent Bullying for LGBT Youths

A quasi-experimental study found reduced rates of homophobic bullying in schools that faced anti-harassment and anti-discrimination litigation.

Mental Health Stigma Varies by Diagnosis, Driven By Fear and Misunderstanding

A new study finds varying levels of stigma for different mental health diagnoses. But, stigma is consistently driven by fearful attributions.
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Health Risks to Babies When Antidepressants Used During Pregnancy

Babies born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy were more than six times as likely to have neonatal withdrawal syndrome—including breathing problems, irritability/agitation, tremors, feeding problems, and seizures—than those born to mothers taking other types of drugs.
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How Do We Define Recovery? An Exploration of Co-Option, Normalization, and Universalism Within Recovery...

Former service-user and researcher Diana Rose intertwines personal reflection and critical discourse analysis to shed light on dominant discourses within recovery literature.

Reducing Over-Prescription of Antipsychotic Drugs for Foster Youth

Policy changes in California reduced antipsychotic prescriptions for foster youth by 56.3%, but 82.5% of newly prescribed youth did not receive screening for metabolic harms, despite it being required by the policy.
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Police Say They Are Willing to Help the “Mentally Ill”—But Still Seek to Avoid...

Police in Spain report more feelings of sympathy and willingness to help those with a mental health diagnosis, but still seek to avoid them, associate them with more danger, and endorse isolation and involuntary treatment.
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Exercise Just as Good as Antidepressants for Moderate Depression

A new meta-analysis found exercise to be just as good as antidepressants for treating mild-to-moderate depression.
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Social Support Reduces Thoughts of Suicide Among Black and Latinx New Yorkers

Suicide rates for Black and Latinx Americans have been increasing. A new study finds that having more social support decreased suicide ideation for Black and Latinx New York City residents.
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Academics in the Global South, This Is Your Sign to Decolonize Psychology

“Radical alternatives that question the dominant paradigm on issues of power dynamics, exploitation and subordination, politics and inequalities are encouraged for interrogating the underlying assumptions of mainstream research in psychology,” writes psychologist Mvikeli Ncube.
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Strategies to Enhance Deprescribing in Long-Term Care Facilities

Researchers conducted group forums with relevant stakeholders to discover strategies to enhance deprescribing practices in long-term care facilities.
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Eliminating Copayments Doubles Psychologist Visits, Decreases Suicide in Young Adults

Abolishing co-payments doubles the amount of 18- to 21-year-olds receiving psychotherapy. This was also associated with a 25% reduction in suicide attempts.
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No Evidence for Long-Term Safety or Efficacy of Mental Health Treatment in Children

"There is no convincing evidence that interventions for the most common childhood disorders are beneficial in the long term," the researchers write.
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Some Therapists Are Better at Forming Alliances with Clients Than Others

Researchers find that some therapists are better at establishing a good alliance with their clients, which ultimately leads to better treatment outcomes.
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Worsening Student-Teacher Relationships and Bullying Increase Suicidality for Adolescents after Hospitalization

Adolescents who are hospitalized are at increased risk of suicidal ideation and attempts. Worsening relationships with teachers and being victims of bullying increase the risk.
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Decolonizing the Medical Model Approach to Trauma

A new article explores the gaps left by White, Western understandings of trauma, and offers alternative pathways to understanding and treating trauma.
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Researchers Find No Brain Differences in Depression

In contrast, the social-environmental variables “social support” and “childhood maltreatment” were significantly linked with depression, and each predicted with greater than 70% accuracy.
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Ethnic Identity Important for Recovery

A stronger and more developed ethnic identity is associated with a greater sense of personal recovery among young adults.
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Lived Experience Protects Against Workplace Burnout for Community Mental Health Workers

A survey conducted at a community mental health organization in Australia suggests that lived experience of mental health problems buffers staff against burnout.
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The Mainstream Psychiatric System in India Continues to Pathologize LGBTQIA+ People

"The mainstream Indian mental health community has been silent about the need to bring an LGBTQIA+ anti-discrimination law and a ban on conversion therapy."
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Substance Use and Externalizing Behaviors Predict Suicide Attempts in Veterans, Not “Serious Mental Illness”

Externalizing behavior and substance use disorder increased risk of severe suicide attempts far more than "serious mental illness" diagnoses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder diagnoses.
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Influential Neuroscientist Reviews Decades of Failure

Influential neuroscientist Raymond Dolan: "Psychiatry’s most fundamental characteristic is its ignorance, that it cannot successfully define the object of its attention, while its attempts to lay bare the etiology of its disorders have been a litany of failures."
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Genetic Embryo Screening for Psychiatric Risk Not Supported by Evidence, Ethically Questionable

Genetic embryo screening tests are “being marketed with limited empirical data behind them and virtually no scientific or ethical discussion,” researchers write.
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Effective Therapy for Youth of Color Requires Conversations about Racial Violence

Researchers give seven suggestions to clinicians for skillfully conversing about race in therapy as exposure to racial violence increases for youth.
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Federal Initiatives Needed to Affirm Lived Experience in Academia

Ableism, stigma, and prejudice can be insurmountable barriers for psychosocially disabled people in academia, but the federal government could help fix this problem.
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Believing Threatening Voices Is Associated with Distress in Voice Hearers

Disengaging from listening to and believing derogatory and threatening voices could reduce distress for voice hearers, according to the researchers.
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Are Antidepressants Better Than Placebo for Some? Not So Fast, Researchers Caution

Researchers argue that the recent study finding antidepressants beat placebo for about 15% of people doesn’t account for study unblinding and includes only extremely short-term data.
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Gendered Racial Microaggressions Increase Suicide Risk Threefold for Asian-American Women

Experiences of gendered racial microaggressions predicted a threefold increase in suicidal ideation for Asian-American women, while internalized racism in the form of self-negativity heightened this connection.
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Reducing Involuntary Psychiatric Admissions in Norway

An interdisciplinary team in Norway, including individuals with lived experience, co-designed an approach to reduce coercive and forced psychiatric interventions.
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Psychological Science Is Rooted in Racism

What Thomas Teo calls “white epistemology” at the heart of psychological science has led to the invalidating of other perspectives by psychological researchers.
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No Better Outcomes After Testing for Antidepressant Drug-Gene Interactions

Receiving pharmacogenomic testing did reduce the amount of predicted drug-gene interactions—but it did not improve outcomes by the end of the study. Both groups were just as likely to recover from depression.

Mental Health Activists Hold Diverse and Varied Perspectives on Psychiatry

A survey of US and UK mental health activists and advocates finds a spectrum of views, from pro- to anti-psychiatry.
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Moving From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Anger Can Help Us Confront Climate Change

Eco-anger may motivate people towards collective action on climate change, while eco-depression and eco-anxiety erode our wellbeing.

Majority of Psychologists Dissatisfied with DSM, Unaware of Alternatives

A new study reveals that psychologists’ attitudes toward DSM have largely remained negative over the past 40+ years.

Antidepressants No Better Than Placebo for About 85% of People

Researchers can’t predict the 15% who benefit from antidepressants, and the other 85% are unnecessarily exposed to the harms of the drugs.
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State Sponsored Biomedical Psychiatry Impedes Movements of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

Chilean researchers highlight the harms of the biomedical model in groups led by people with psychosocial disabilities.
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How Diagnostic Interviews Translate Situational Behavior Into Pathology

Study finds that, in diagnostic interviews, clinician interpretations of context-specific behaviors lead to personality disorder diagnoses.

Neoliberal Values Connected to Increased Stigma and Suicidal Ideation

Neoliberalism breeds an obsession with individual success and failure, fostering suicidal thoughts.

Nobody Knows What “Serious Mental Illness” Means

The lack of a single definition of "serious mental illness" negatively affects policy-making, research, and clinical practice.
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Study Contradicts Diathesis-Stress Model of Psychosis

A new study found that as people experience more traumatic events, genetic risk becomes less important in explaining psychosis.

Social Defeat, Psychosis, and Suicidality Linked in Sexual Minority Youth

A cross-sectional study examines the associations between psychotic experiences and suicidal behaviors among sexual minority college students.
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Young People Often Feel Invalidated by Mental Health Emergency Service Providers

A study highlights the experiences of young people during mental health emergency service encounters and presents an alternative approach.
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Researchers Champion Human Rights Based Approach to Psychosocial Disability

Even as countries ratify the CRPD, many policies are still in direct opposition to the human rights standards for psychosocial disability.

Universal Mental Health Intervention in Schools Fails, Worsens Outcomes

The Climate Schools intervention, rolled out across 18 schools, had no effect on anxiety and depression, but worsened the primary outcome of “internalizing problems.”

How Do Science Journalists Choose Which Studies to Report?

A new study suggests that science journalists often rely on a narrow range of factors to evaluate studies for reporting, leading the public astray.

The Holocaust, Biological Psychiatry and a Shift Toward a More Humane Psychiatry Today

Understanding the legacy of Nazi murders of psychiatric patients is essential when building more humane services today.

Rejecting the Madness as “Darkness” Discourse

Feminist theorists highlight how racialized metaphors of madness bolster White claims of sanity and reinforce racism in mental health.
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Does Widespread use of Psychotropic Medications Increase Traffic Accidents?

Research finds that psychotropic medications are associated with a small increase in traffic accident risk.

No Evidence Low Serotonin Causes Depression

After decades of public misperception, a major review finally lays the chemical imbalance theory of depression to rest.

Addressing Racism-Related Stress and Trauma in Psychotherapy

Researchers provide an antiracist and liberatory approach to psychotherapy for marginalized clients.

Are People with Psychosocial Disabilities Welcomed in Public Spaces?

Current infrastructure and biased attitudes deny equal access to people with psychosocial disabilities.

Psychologists Grapple with Limits to Reproductive Justice in the Wake of Dobbs Ruling

In the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, psychologists push for a reproductive justice framework that challenges systemic issues.

Universities Often Rely on Police for Emergency Mental Health Transfers, Despite Known Harms

Clinicians recognize the harmful impacts of police involvement in mental health transfers but continue to justify the practice.
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Screening for Depression in Adolescents Does Not Prevent Hospitalizations or Suicide Attempts

Screening teenagers for depression doesn't lead to better results and may expose many to unnecessary treatments.

How Does Spiritual Voice Hearing Compare to Psychosis?

Researchers compared the experiences of people who understand their voice-hearing to be spiritual and those who experience psychosis.

For Queer and Gender Diverse Youth, Biomedical Model of Mental Health May Reduce Stigma...

Research on the lived experiences of queer and gender diverse youth explores how they make sense of their mental health distress.

Treatment Pathways for Psychosis Vary by Race

A new study explores ethnoracial disparities present in access to treatment in youth experiencing first-episode psychosis.
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Exercise Associated with 25% Lower Risk for Depression, Researchers Say

A new meta-analysis in JAMA Psychiatry finds that the equivalent of just two and half hours of walking reduces the risk of depression by 25%.

Leadership Needed to Forward Culturally-Responsive Global Mental Health Policies

Support has grown for Global Mental Health over the past decade, but political tensions and the lack of a shared vision continue to get in the way of new policies.

How Young People Can Change the Power Dynamic in Climate Justice

Researchers look at a series of actionable leverage points youth can use to level the playing field at climate justice negotiations.

Pharma’s “Evergreening” Patent Tactics Mean High Costs and Low Benefits for Consumers

“Evergreening” practices, like slightly tweaking drugs, create large profits for companies with little innovation or benefit for patients.

Industry Sponsorship of “Cost Effectiveness Analyses” Produces Biased Results

New evidence shows how pharma affects “Cost-Effectiveness Analyses” to sell the public on their drugs.

Psychology’s “Winning Streak” Is a Failure of Science, Not Success

The scientific method depends on the revision and rejection of failed theories--somehow psychology researchers always find a positive result.
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Researchers: Study of Schizophrenia Held Back by “Cult-Like” Belief System

Leading researchers complain that psychiatry refuses “to enter the moral era of medicine” and clings to an outdated view of schizophrenia.

Coercive Psychiatric Practice Goes Beyond Seclusion and Restraint

Mad activist and survivor-researcher Indigo Daya highlights the coercive practices that are often built into mental health care.

Doctors Renew Campaign Against Overdiagnosis and Overmedication

The editor of The BMJ supports a "campaign against too much medicine" but urges a focus on the harm caused rather than financial costs.

Less Than a Quarter of Those with Depression Respond to Treatment in Real Life

In a real-world setting, less than a quarter of patients diagnosed with depression improved with medication, hospitalization, and therapy.

Does Humanistic Psychology Support the Capitalist Status Quo?

A new paper argues that Buddhist psychology and psychoanalysis have more potential for social resistance than humanistic approaches.

Brazilian Psychiatric Survivors Struggle for Liberation Impeded by Medical Model

Fernando Freitas: “The Brazilian experience of psychiatric reform is an exemplar of the limits imposed by post-asylum psychiatry.”

Peer Workers Aid in Suicide Safety Planning in Emergency Care

Peer-based safety planning may be a feasible and acceptable service in Emergency Department care for patients experiencing suicidal thoughts.
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Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA Use Mob Tactics to Silence Whistleblowers

Peter GĂžtzsche argues that we should consider allowing whistleblowers to publish anonymously for their safety.

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

Nassir Ghaemi: “Most psychiatric medications are purely symptomatic, with no known or proven effect on the underlying disease. They are like 50 variations of aspirin, used for fever or headache, rather than drugs that treat the causes of fever or headache.”

Why Some Therapists Consistently See Better Results with LGBTQ Clients

Overall therapy outcomes for LGBTQ clients are comparable to their heterosexual peers but some therapists consistently see better results.
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Can Secure Attachment Reduce Death Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsions?

Secure attachment can buffer against death anxiety in "psychologically robust" populations. Now researchers are testing the effect on OCD.

Social Interventions for “Serious Mental Illness” Show Promise But Face Resistance

A review of community-based social interventions for "severe mental illness" examines their effectiveness and barriers to implementation.
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Antidepressant-Induced Serotonin Syndrome a Danger for the Elderly

Researchers found that 25% of elderly patients taking antidepressants had serotonin syndrome, which is potentially life-threatening.
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Treating Grief with Addiction Drug Jeopardizes Social Connections

A new article critiques a movement in psychiatry to understand complicated grief as an addiction and treat it with naltrexone.
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Encouraging Healthy Masculinities Can Protect Against Discrimination and Bullying

Psychologists point out that current cultural expectations for “being a real man” can lead to isolation, pain, and even hatred.
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Racism, Poverty, Inequality: Social Ingredients for Psychosis, Depression & More

A new study of adult recipients of NY state mental health services reveals the disproportionate prevalence of low educational attainment, criminal-legal systems involvement, unemployment, and homelessness.

How Are White Parents Reckoning With Racism in the Wake of George Floyd?

A study of White mothers reveals how the ongoing racial reckoning in America is shaping parenting practices and racial socialization.

Industry Corruption in Systematic Review for Injectable Antipsychotics

Researchers highlight how systematic reviews are compromised by pharmaceutical industry ties by exposing a study of injectable antipsychotics.

Stimulants Don’t Improve Academic Performance in Kids with ADHD

“Efforts to improve learning in children with ADHD should focus on obtaining effective academic instruction rather than stimulant medication.”

The Insidious Impact of Structural Racism on the Intergenerational Transmission of Depression

The study explores how depression is passed down intergenerationally due to the compounding impact of historical trauma and structural racism.
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US Gun Culture Connected to Elevated Youth Suicide Rates

Suicide rates have declined in other wealthy countries over the last decade but increased in the US alongside rates of gun ownership.

Undoing the Healthcare-to-Prison Pipeline with Abolitionist Practice

New work envisions the “positive project” of an abolitionist public healthcare system.
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Gun Owners At Risk for Suicide Less Likely to Be Detected by Screening

Researchers suggest psychiatric screening tools may be missing indicators of suicidal behavior in gun owners.
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Risk of Depression Spikes When Kids Take Ritalin

Risk of depression increased when children were taking methylphenidate for ADHD, but once they stopped taking the drug, depression risk dropped to normal levels.
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Does Psychiatry’s Buzzword “Flourishing” Reflect the Real World?

The construct of “flourishing” may offer promising insights for mental health policy, but what is left out of its conceptualization?
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Mainstream Psychology Slow to View Police Brutality as Systemic Racism

Researchers respond to the individualistic view of racism in police brutality through the lens of critical race theory.

Depression Stigma May Be Decreasing; Psychosis Stigma Increasing

Researchers found that in the US, stigma around depression may be decreasing, while stigma around psychosis and substance use disorder may be increasing.
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A Blood Test for Suicide? Not When the Cases Overlap with Healthy Controls

Researchers claim to have found biomarkers that differentiate those who died by suicide from those who died from other causes. Does their data support such a finding?

Study Highlights Uptake of Voice Hearing Groups in Brazil

Brazilian researchers present the qualitative results of peer-led voice hearing groups that are integrated into standard psychiatric care.

Can Psychoanalysis Fight Capitalism?

A recent paper argues that psychoanalysis can aid left-wing political struggles as “preparatory work for revolution.”
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How Unaddressed Cultural Differences Affect the Therapeutic Relationship

Unacknowledged cultural differences lead to patient ambivalence and mistrust in the therapeutic relationship.
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Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Linked to Poor Neonatal Outcomes

A new study finds risks of pre-term birth, low birth weight, and postnatal adaptation syndrome were increased by SSRI use during pregnancy.

How Concepts Like Trauma and Resilience Reinforce Neoliberalism in the Global South

How talk of “resilience” and “trauma” forces neoliberal narratives onto Global South communities.

Conflict of Interest Policies in Europe May Hide Pharma Influence

Researchers find that European payment reporting policies may be hiding conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry.

Social Media Influencers Now Marketing Drugs to Niche Audiences for Big Pharma

Pharmaceutical companies have started to use social media for direct-to-consumer marketing.

Debunking the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart

The Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart informs our current nature vs. nurture debate on intelligence, but the results are now in question.

Psychologists Issue Guidelines for Addressing Economic Marginalization

The American Psychological Association issues new guidelines for therapy with low-income people who face economic marginalization.
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Pandemic Precarity Exposes Need for New Psychology of Work

A recent study on precarity during the pandemic highlights the need for a new psychology of work for our current historical moment.

Research Explores the Experience of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

A new study reveals many benzodiazepine users are misinformed about the risks of withdrawal and experience devastating consequences.

Sense of Meaningfulness in Life Protects Against Mental Distress

A new study explores meaningfulness as a protective factor and crisis of meaning as worsening mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Distinguish Antidepressant Withdrawal from Relapse

Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide advice on how to tell the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and depression relapse.

Leaders in Psychosis Treatment Outline Future Directions for Youth Mental Health Services

Prominent researchers and leaders in early psychosis provide suggestions for the future of youth mental health services.
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Capitalism and the Biomedical Model of Mental Health

Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff argues that we should abandon the medical model and focus instead on how the mental health system relates to capitalism.

A Network Approach to Mental Disorders Could Supplant the DSM

The network approach to mental disorders prioritizes treating interconnected symptoms rather than singular diagnoses.

Did Psychiatry Ever Endorse the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression?

With the chemical imbalance theory falling out of fashion, researchers examine the claim that psychiatry never truly endorsed it.
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Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life

A new study found that taking antidepressants did not improve quality of life.

How Global Mental Health Guidelines Produce False Universality

Behind the scenes, Global Mental Health experts disagree on the universality and cross-cultural applicability of current approaches.

Can Humanistic Psychology Shift How We Measure Mental Health?

A new article examines progress related to increased inclusion of principles from Humanistic Psychology in mental health outcome measures.

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

The report identifies direct and indirect methods to reduce, prevent, and eliminate coercive practices in mental health treatment.
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Patient Reports Reveal SSRI Antidepressants Often Lead to Emotional Blunting

According to patient reports, SSRI antidepressants most frequently lead to the subjective experience of emotional blunting.

Psychology “Incompatible with Hypothesis-Driven Theoretical Science”

Researchers point out how the field of psychology often manipulates studies to support theories rather than revising theories in light of new results.

Results of the Inpatient Alternative Soteria Model in Israel

The Soteria model could provide a humane alternative to traditional psychiatric inpatient settings.

How the Mind-Brain Problem Influences our View of Therapy and Psychiatry

Researchers describe neurodualism: the tendency to assume the brain affects the mind more than the mind affects the brain.

Psychiatric Drugs Increase Dementia Risk Threefold After COVID in 65+ Population

Hospitalized COVID patients over 65 were three times as likely to receive a dementia diagnosis if they took psychiatric drugs.

Human Rights Should be Central to Global Mental Health Approaches

Professionals from the United Nations and World Health Organization review the movement for rights-based approaches to global mental health.

Many Service Users Interested in Decreasing Antipsychotic Use with Professional Help

New research examines service user attitudes on discontinuing and reducing antipsychotic drugs.

How Concept Creep Can Lead to Global Psychiatrization

When concepts from psychiatry creep into our everyday language it transforms how we think about ourselves.

Psychiatrists Deliver the Lowest-Quality Healthcare of Any Medical Specialty

In response, the authors suggest that a solution is to stop measuring psychiatrists’ performance.

Suicidality is Inherently Cultural and Political

Contextualizing suicidality in cultural and social contexts is imperative to support individuals experiencing chronic suicidality.

Researchers Expose Big Pharma Funding of UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Big Pharma makes use of direct funding as well as patient groups to exert influence over governments.

Digital Pills Provide New Possibilities for Coercion but also Resistance

Critical psychologists outline the increased risk of coercion with digital pills while also exploring possibilities for new forms of activism.
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Meta-analysis Finds Antidepressants Ineffective for Children and Adolescents

A new study seeking to clarify the efficacy of antidepressants for children and adolescents found “a very small effect size."

Dominance Orientation Predicts Anti-Environmental Beliefs as well as Racism, Sexism

Those who prefer systems where people dominate their ecosystem are more likely to support sexism, racism.
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Police Killings and the Pseudoscience of “Excited Delirium”

Physicians for Human Rights released a report on excited delirium, a “scientifically meaningless” cause of death often cited in fatal police encounters.

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

New research reveals that patients are often not given fully informed consent before being prescribed antipsychotics.

How Evidence Based Medicine Became an Illusion

Writing in BMJ, researchers argue that evidence-based medicine has become so corrupted that it has essentially become a contradiction in terms.

Nature: Brain Imaging Studies Are Most Likely False

Small MRI studies inflate effect sizes, leaving the brain imaging research literature cluttered with false positives.

How Social Norms Shape Our Perceptions

A philosopher lays out a theory of social norms and perception that can serve as a foundation for an ecological approach to psychology.

UK Finds Success with Peer Supported Open Dialogue Program

Implementation of a Peer Supported Open Dialogue program in the UK’s NHS finds improved wellbeing and quality of life for service users.

Democratizing Psychiatric Knowledge Production Through Lived Experience Leadership

A new column by Nev Jones on lived experience inclusion and leadership marks a step towards rebalancing disparities in psychiatric research.

Study Investigates Burdens Placed on Survivor Researchers

Survivor researchers in mental health studies can be reduced to their personal narratives and burdened by unfair expectations.

Antipsychotics Worsen Cognitive Functioning in First-Episode Psychosis

Withholding antipsychotics may be beneficial for memory, the researchers write.

A “Mass Possession” Event in Nicaragua Exposes Inadequacy of Western Mental Health Approaches

An anthropological account of a "mass demonic possession" in indigenous Nicaraguan culture exposes the limits of global mental health.

Racism Evident in Patient Health Records

Research finds that negative descriptors are more frequently used in health records when providers are referring to Black patients.

Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption Goes Beyond Conflicts of Interest

Researcher Sergio Sismondo outlines the different strategies that the pharmaceutical industry uses to dictate the terms of research.
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Esketamine: Dangers and Lingering Questions

Researchers in France describe the poor clinical results they have observed so far using eskatamine for treatment-resistant depression.
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Addressing Cultural Bias in the Treatment of Personality Disorders

Without consideration of cultural factors, personality disorder assessment remains inaccurate for migrant and ethnically marginalized groups.
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Sexual Assault at Any Age Is a Risk Factor for Psychosis

Research finds no "critical period" for sexual abuse and mental health—sexual assault at any age can lead to psychosis symptoms.
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How Psychiatry Perpetuates a Culture of Exclusion

The focus on risk in psychiatry overshadows healing and recovery, leading to a culture of exclusion.
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Official Guidelines on Antidepressant Discontinuation Fail Practitioners and Patients

A review of clinical practice guidelines for antidepressant discontinuation from across the English-speaking world reveals major pitfalls.
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Evidence Lacking for Mobile Mental Health Apps

A new study on mobile mental health apps finds there is a lack of convincing evidence to support their effectiveness.

Providing Housing is Essential to Treating Mental Health and Homelessness

Housing First programs may offer increased chances of recovery for people at the intersection of homelessness and mental illness.
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Neoliberal Policies and the Declining Mental Health of Older Americans

Neoliberal privatization exacerbates ageism and leads to policies that impact the wellbeing and mental health of older adults in the US.

How Psychologists Can Engage in Civil Disobedience to Defend Ethical Principles

A new article in the American Psychologist argues in support of civil disobedience by psychologists.
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Your Mindset Matters When You Meditate

Researchers find that trying to control your emotions when you meditate undermines its effectiveness. Mindful acceptance improves outcomes.
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Can the Psychodynamic Manual Move Therapy Beyond the DSM?

Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual editor, Nancy McWilliams, explores how an alternative to the DSM could benefit psychotherapy.
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How Providers Can Support Psychiatric Drug Discontinuation

Supportive patient-practitioner relationships are crucial to the successful discontinuation of psychiatric medication.

Ketamine No Better Than Placebo for Reducing Suicidal Ideation in Depression

Ketamine also had no effect on suicide attempts compared with placebo. One person who took ketamine in the study died by suicide.

The Need for Person-Centered Psychotherapy Training in Psychiatry

Psychiatrist John Markowitz argues for the necessity of a “back to the basics” person-centered supportive psychotherapy approach.

Bringing Patient-Centered Care to Psychiatry to Address Injustices

Mental health providers and policymakers could greatly improve inpatient psychiatric care by attending to patient-centered outcomes.

Inequalities Drive College Student Depression Internationally

Facing compiling stressors, college students with less social support and fewer financial resources show increases in depression symptoms.

Doing Justice to Madness in Philosophy

Nev Jones speaks on the politics of madness in the philosophy of psychiatry.

Read Rebuts Biased ECT Defenders

The Lancet Psychiatry publishes a back and forth between critics and defenders of ECT.

Stigma and Lack of Education Drive Public Support for Psychiatric Coercion

Public approval of psychiatric coercion increases with perceived dangerousness and decreases with increased familiarity with mental distress.

Financial Resources Promote Infant Brain Activity

A new study finds a link between unconditional cash transfers and infant brain activity and cognitive development.
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Deaths of Despair on the Rise in the United States

A new article investigates why deaths of despair are increasing in the United States and not in other wealthy, industrialized nations.
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Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

Researchers argue that we need a paradigm shift away from the biomedical model of mental illness to one informed by political action and common sense.

Negative Antidepressant Trials Still Unlikely to Be Published

Antidepressant trials with negative results are still more likely than not to either be misleadingly spun as positive or unpublished.

Rising Social and Existential Uncertainty Linked to Mental Distress

A review of the research literature finds a positive association between uncertainty and mental distress such as depression and anxiety.
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Debate Over Inclusive Practices in Mental Health Policy Making

Nev Jones and Kendall Atterbury argue that appeals to rationality and evidence will marginalize service users in mental health policy.

Did Pharma Companies Hide Failed ADHD Drug Studies From Regulators?

Researchers find more than half of drug trials missing from pharma applications to approve ADHD medication.
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Major Review Finds Limited Effectiveness for Medication and Therapy

Most mental health treatments are marginally better than placebo; therapy for OCD seems to be the exception.

Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research

Public records reveal major discrepancies in medical researchers’ self-disclosures of financial conflicts of interest.
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Psychiatry and Psychology Fail in Response to Farmer Suicides in India

Sudarshan Kottai calls out the field for failing to attend to the social and political factors leading to the deaths of Indian farmers.

Clinicians and Patients Often Disagree on Mental Health Outcomes

Researchers find discrepancies between clinician and patient reports on mental health outcomes after in-patient treatment for depression.

How Socioeconomic Class Affects Therapy

Researchers find that clients of lower socioeconomic status often feel estranged and alienated in psychotherapy, decreasing effectiveness.

Online Debates on Psychiatric Diagnosis Often Rely on Rhetoric Instead of Facts

A new research article examines the use of polemics and rhetorical concessions in the online debate about psychiatric diagnosis.

No Meaningful Brain Differences in Depression

Researchers find that neuroimaging results are unable to distinguish between the brains of depressed people and healthy controls.

De-Psychiatrization and the Promise of Open Dialogue

Language and meaning-based approaches to psychosocial support can counter the march of global psychiatrization.
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Navigating the Meaning of Psychosis Important for Recovery

Interviews with people in treatment for first-episode psychosis reveal the importance of making meaning of new identities during recovery.

Why We Need a Neurodiverse Philosophy of Autistic Happiness

A neurotypical framework for the “good human life” dismisses the testimonies of autistic people.
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SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke

A study in JAMA Neurology finds that antidepressants do not reduce depression symptoms more than placebo in patients recovering from a stroke.

Significant Association Between Cannabis Use and Psychotic Disorders

Researchers find that nonmedical use of cannabis was significantly associated with a diagnosis of psychotic disorder.
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How Psychotherapy Can Escape Neoliberalism and the Medical Model

Rethinking the activities and goals of psychotherapy may reveal new ways to offer support through human connection.
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“Data Pollution” Hinders Psychiatric Research

In JAMA Psychiatry, researchers argue that many studies are corrupted by data pollution and that the field is unable to manage these issues.
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Researchers Outline Coproduction Framework for Inpatient Mental Health

Social constructionism may provide a framework for the ethical implementation of coproduction in inpatient mental health settings.
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Ketamine Withdrawal Has Severe Consequences

New research in the American Journal of Psychiatry describes a case of ketamine withdrawal that illuminates many of the issues with the drug.
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New Review: Antidepressants Come with Minimal Benefits, Several Risks

A review of research on antidepressant efficacy finds that an unfavorable risk-to-benefit ratio.

Person-Centered Approach to Psychopathology Eschews Diagnosis

A critical review argues for embracing dynamic and complex relations theories in person-centered mental health treatment.
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Family Physicians Must Change Antidepressant Prescribing Practices

A new article highlights the changes needed in primary care to reduce the overuse of antidepressants.

Common Statistical Method Conflates Withdrawal with Relapse

Researchers argue that common study methods for psychiatric drugs may inadvertently minimize withdrawal effects and inflate drug efficacy.

Overuse of Psychiatric Drugs is Worsening Public Mental Health, Doctor Argues

A new research article asserts that the overuse of psychiatric drugs may create neurobiological changes that hamper long-term mental health recovery.
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What Helps Long-Term Users of Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs Discontinue?

Current long-term users of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs identify barriers and facilitators for discontinuation.

Research Reveals the Psychological Impacts of Family Separation Policies

A qualitative study on the practice of family separation at the border shows how immigration policies impact public health.
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Editors Explore the Nuances of Illicit Drug Use by Researchers and Academics

Researchers that use illicit drugs present papers on epistemic violence, problematic addiction models, and the lived experience of drug use.

Kenneth Kendler: “Implausible” That Psychiatric Diagnoses Even “Approximately True”

In JAMA Psychiatry, prominent psychiatrist Kenneth Kendler writes that psychiatric diagnoses are “working hypotheses, subject to change.”
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Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated with Higher Anxiety in College Students

Researchers find that students who report ACEs are more likely to report higher anxiety and worse mental health.
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What Role can the United Nations Play in Rights-Based Global Mental Health?

Scholars explore the role of the United Nations in shaping global mental health priorities.

Qualitative Evidence Supports the Ban on Conversion Therapy in Canada

Qualitative research offers insight into the detrimental impacts of conversion therapy on LGBTQ+ and two-spirit individuals.
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Why the FDA Approved Ineffective Drugs for Low Sexual Desire in Women

Researchers demonstrate how the pharmaceutical industry co-opted feminist messages to push ineffective drugs for low sexual desire in women.

Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts

A trial in veterans who had survived a previous suicide attempt was stopped early because the drug was found to be no better than a placebo.

Neurobiological Explanations Can Foreclose Self-Understanding

Joseph Davis presents evidence that neurobiological explanatory models for mental health and suffering can prevent valuable self-exploration.

Medicalizing Grief May Threaten Our Ability to Mourn

New developments to establish grief specific diagnoses risk more than overdiagnosis and overprescription, altering how we construe mourning.

Medical Journals Often Publish Their Own Editors, Raising Ethical Questions

A new study of medical journals finds that the authors most frequently published by a journal are usually members of the editorial board.
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New Study of Ayahuasca Users Shows Placebo Effect in Action

The ayahuasca study also demonstrates how psychiatry co-opts and misunderstands indigenous rituals.

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

Standard clinical practices often enforce anti-blackness, rape culture, and sanism, normalizing sexual violence and misogyny.

Cultural Trauma as a Driver of Health Disparities

The cultural trauma of marginalized groups blocks access to resources and causes deep psychological and physical injuries.

Newspapers Diminish Youth Climate Change Activists, Help Adults Avoid Action

Existential psychology offers a framework for understanding how anxiety and guilt about climate change play out in public narratives.

Esketamine Failed in Five of its Six Efficacy Trials

The remaining esketamine trial showed a statistically significant effect that did not meet clinical significance.

Philosophically Informed Approaches to Mental Health Can Limit Overdiagnosis of Children

A new article argues that a robust and philosophical approach to mental health can act against the pressure to diagnose children.

Indigenous Healing Poses a Challenge and Opportunity for Global Mental Health

Similarities in the therapeutic process may reconcile apparent differences between Global Mental Health and indigenous healing practices.

The Hypocrisy of Shared Decision Making Research that is Not Inclusive

While research on shared decision making in psychiatry has the potential to improve treatment there is a need for more inclusive practices.
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“Grave Disability” and the Path Between Prison and Involuntary Psychiatric Care

Are more screenings for ‘grave disability’ and involuntary psychiatric treatment really a solution for US jails and prisons?

Researchers Push to End Placebo Run-in Periods in Antidepressant Studies

Meta-analysis finds that the placebo run-in methodology reduces the placebo effect and finds antidepressants to be less useful.

Addressing Indigenous Health Requires Respecting Land Rights

New work explores the impacts of settler colonialism and land rights on the health of American Indian and Alaskan Native Youth.

Experiences of Prejudice and Discrimination in Mental Healthcare

Researchers examine the many ways that people experience prejudice and discrimination in mental healthcare.

Patients and Providers Understand Psychosis Differently

A new review examines service-user and mental health professionals’ causal beliefs about psychosis and how those beliefs may affect treatment.

Withdrawal Symptoms Cloud Findings of Antidepressant “Relapse” Trial

Leading researchers point out that a new antidepressant study in NEJM failed to account for withdrawal symptoms, casting doubt on the results.

Epistemic Injustice in Clinical Mental Health Encounters

A new article evaluates claims of epistemic injustice in mental healthcare with people experiencing delusions and with young people.

Why We Need a ‘Syndemic’ Framework to Study Psychosis

Approaching psychosis as emerging from a syndemic of multiple adversities has important implications for health policy.

Essentialist Thinking May Drive Stigma Against People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

Researchers find that both psychological and biological essentialism result in stigma against people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Mental Health Literacy Does Not Reduce Stigma, Psychosocial Approaches More Promising

Psychosocial explanations of distress reduce stigma for people with mental disorders, whereas biogenetic explanations do not.

Researchers Claim That Women with PTSD Symptoms May be On Their Period

Based on a small study that included no women with PTSD, researchers suggest that women have worse PTSD symptoms at the start of menstruation--and that this might explain why they are more vulnerable to PTSD than men.

Global Capitalism is a Social Determinant of Health

A new article in Social Science & Medicine argues that global capitalism may be the greatest social determinant of health worldwide.

Meta-analysis of Psychotherapy in Children Finds Lackluster Long Term Results

Existing research on psychotherapy for depression finds that many therapies are not providing a long-term benefit for children.

Updates to Current Understandings of Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Drawing on research on epigenetics and structural determinants, researchers offer an updated and nuanced understanding of psychosis.

Researchers Provide Guidance for Reducing and Stopping Psychiatric Drugs

New guidance on how to taper and discontinue from psychiatric drugs from leading researchers Mark Horowitz and David Taylor.

The Underappreciated Role of Compassionate Nurses in Mental Healthcare

Qualitative research from Europe reveals the important role that empathic mental health nurses play for adults in suicidal crisis.

Evidence-Based Practices Are Often Required but Impractical in Financially Strained Community Mental Health Services

Researchers draw on Maslow's hierarchy of needs to explore why evidence-based services often make little sense in financially stepped community mental health settings.

Questioning the Underpinnings of Psychiatric Classification Systems

A new review of psychiatric nosology by Aftab and Ryznar highlights how diagnoses emerge from particular conceptual frameworks.

More Exercise and Less Screen Time Improves Teen Mental Health

A new international study explores the connections between adolescent wellbeing, physical activity, and screen time.

Alzheimer’s Drug Controversy Continues

What can we learn from the FDA’s controversial approval of aducanumab, the Alzheimer’s drug that failed its clinical trials?

Meta-Analysis Finds No Support for Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia

A new meta-analysis of data from individuals at high risk for schizophrenia finds no evidence for the dopamine hypothesis.

Political Conservatism Linked to Increased Bullying and Mental Health Concerns for LGBTQ+ Students

Research finds less teacher intervention for bullying and greater psychological distress for LGBTQ+ students in conservative districts.

Coercion and Dehumanization in Mental Healthcare

Researchers discuss how experiences with psychiatric coercion influence the patient/provider relationship and involuntary psychiatric care.

Screening for Depression in Primary Care Does Not Improve Outcomes

Research fails to show that screening primary care patients for depression leads to improvements in patient outcomes.

Climate Anxiety and Government Distrust Pervasive Among Young People Worldwide

Young people worldwide experience negative emotions over climate change and their government’s refusal to take steps to address the crisis.

Psychiatry Concerned it Will be ‘Marginalized’ in Push for Rights-Based Mental Health

A new report responds to psychiatrists who are concerned that their field will be 'marginalized' within the new WHO QualityRights initiative.

The Imposition of Western Psychology as Colonialism

New scholarship explores how eurocentric ideas inherent in western psychology reproduce colonialism and impact the Global South.

Has the Internet Led to a Rise in Mental Disorders?

Prominent researcher suggests that the internet led to new mental disorders and exacerbated others without increasing their total prevalence.

Manufacturer of Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) Drugs Finds TD Emotionally Devastating

“Patients expressed feeling unaccepted by society or uncomfortable in their own skin
 A few indicated that they would rather be dead than have tardive dyskinesia.”

Antipsychotics Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Long-term exposure to prolactin-increasing antipsychotics increases the odds of developing breast cancer.

Regulations Needed to Protect Privacy and Autonomy from Digitalized Psychiatric Tools

Researchers bring attention to the threats posed by neuromarketing and digital phenotyping in psychiatric systems worldwide.

New Rating Tool for Tapering Antidepressants and Antipsychotics

Researchers developed a rating scale to better assess service users’ experiences tapering antidepressant and/or antipsychotic medication.

Antidepressant Effects on Serotonin Plateau at the Minimum Recommended Dose

Brain imaging studies show little benefit to increasing antidepressant doses and support hyperbolic tapering for discontinuation.

Selective Reporting Inflates Effectiveness for Psychotherapy Depression Treatments

Researchers find that lack of pre-registration combined with selective data reporting bias the research literature on psychotherapy.

Psychosis Associated with Childhood and Health Care-Related Traumas

A new study finds that people with psychosis connect the onset of their symptoms with trauma in childhood and in treatment settings.

New Leaders in American Psychiatry Embrace Social Determinants Approach to Mental Illness

The editors of The Lancet highlight a shift in American psychiatry toward a more thorough appreciation of the social determinants approach.

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Dementia; New Research Illuminates Why

In JAMA psychiatry, researchers outline new theories connecting antipsychotic use in people with schizophrenia and increased dementia risk.

A Zero Suicide Goal Requires a Reimagining of Inpatient Care

A new article suggests that the goal of Zero Suicide calls for a radical reimagining of inpatient care to ensure privacy and autonomy.

Incorporating Indigenous Medicine into Global Mental Health

International health researchers reflect on the role of traditional healing in addressing the global mental health treatment gap.

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Commentaries Undermine Credibility of Major Journals

Researchers note that clinical trial sponsors and authors of trial commentaries often have financial associations.

How Pharma Pushes New, Less Effective Drugs on the Market

Researchers lay out the tactics pharma companies use to push "lemons" through regulators and onto the market.

Conflicts of Interest Linked to “Unduly Favorable” Editorials

A new study looks at biased editorials in top medical journals and the conflicts of interest held by their authors.

Open Dialogue Approaches Involve Families in Mental Health Recovery

Collaboration between families, providers, and clients in treatment has been shown to be beneficial to the recovery process.

Mental Health Crisis Response Teams May Reduce Incarceration Risks

New research on police-mental health co-response teams suggests mental health workers can help reduce the short-term risk of incarceration.

Ethical Concerns Over Telehealth Screenings for Psychiatric Hospitalizations

Researchers and policymakers raise ethical issues with the use of remote mental health assessments during the pandemic.

How to Address the Undermining of Drug Regulators by Pharma

Researchers recommend a new drug approval pathway for increasing consistency from regulators and transparency from pharma companies.

Close Attention to the Experience of Schizophrenia Reveals Need for Social Treatments

A phenomenological approach to psychiatry and schizophrenia reveals that these experiences are fundamentally social and intersubjective.

Newborn Babies Go Through Antidepressant Withdrawal

A new study finds that newborn babies experience antidepressant withdrawal after birth if their mothers take SSRIs when pregnant.

For Sexual Minorities, Health Disparities Persist Late in Life

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, and bisexual elders often face disparities in health and reduced access to care.

Psychiatric Drugs may Reduce Social and Emotional Capacities

Research finds that social cognition and emotional processing abilities can be disrupted by psychiatric drugs.

Tapered Antipsychotic Withdrawal Mitigates Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

Research suggests that slowly tapering off an antipsychotic reduces the risk of withdrawal psychosis compared to abrupt discontinuation.

UK Psychologists see Psychosis as a Potentially Transformational Experience

Study finds that some UK psychologists shun a purely biological approach to understanding psychosis.

“Relapse” in Antidepressant Trials Likely Caused by Sudden Withdrawal

A new study investigates how antidepressant withdrawal effects often get confounded with depression relapse in clinical trials.

75% of Pharma Companies Fail Basic Transparency Measures

Researchers find that larger pharma companies tend to perform better on transparency inventories than smaller companies.

Toward Heterotopia? Service User Collaboration in Mental Health Research

Researchers explore the challenges and possibilities of collaborative research with service users in psychiatry and mental health.

Psychiatric Diagnoses a “Convenient Fiction,” Complex Systems Approach Needed

Psychologist Eiko Fried proposes studying mental disorders as systems, not syndromes.

Stigmatizing Language in Medical Records Impacts Patient Care

A new study explores physicians’ use of positive and negative language in medical records and the implications for patient care.

Sudden Antipsychotic Withdrawal—Not Low Dose—Leads to Relapse

A new article in Lancet Psychiatry debunks past studies claiming that those on low doses of antipsychotics are more likely to relapse.

Lead Exposure in Childhood Impacts Personality and Mental Health

A study of over 1.5 million people in Europe and the US links the development of less adaptive personalities with childhood lead exposure.

Philosophy Can Help Replace a Reductionist Model of Mental Health

A new article argues that enactive philosophy can help clarify and integrate the disconnected pieces of the biopsychosocial model.

Coping with Trauma Communally Reduces PTSD Risk

Results suggest that Black and Latina women who cope with trauma by engaging with their community experience less severe PTSD symptoms.

Psychedelic Research Leaves Out People of Color

Trials of psychedelic drugs are mostly white. This exclusion can lead to negative drug experiences for people of color.
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BMJ: 20% of Health Research Is Fraudulent

Richard Smith argues that “the time may have come to stop assuming that research actually happened and is honestly reported, and assume that the research is fraudulent.”

Black Canadians More at Risk of Coercive Treatment

With coercive treatment on the increase in Canada, a study finds that Black Canadians are more likely to be forcibly treated than whites and non-Black minorities.

Collective Action a Remedy for Depression Among LGBT Individuals

Hong Kong researchers shed light on how collective action can promote better mental health for LGBT individuals in less democratic societies.

Psychedelic Research Has a Racist Past

Researchers investigate the history of abuse and exploitation of people of color and other marginalized groups during the first wave of Western psychedelic research in the US.

When it Comes to Medication, Providers Violate Values of Recovery-Oriented Practices

A new study finds that practitioners often ignore the principles of the recovery movement when it comes to the use of psychiatric drugs

Professionals and Service Users Struggle As Research Collaborators

A new article examines the power and relational dynamics in research co-produced by mental health professionals and service users.
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Researchers Debate the FDA’s Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Approval

A debate between advisory committee members and FDA officials reveals the controversy at the core of the FDA’s approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.
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Why Do People Choose Medication-Free Mental Healthcare Treatment?

A mixed-method study explores service users’ accounts of why they chose to be treated in a medication-free treatment center in Norway.

Medical Debt Is a Significant Social Determinant of Health

Medical debt can lead to significant adverse mental health effects as well as financial and economic disadvantage.
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Researchers Concerned About Whitewashing of Psychedelic-Assisted Mental Health Research

As psychedelic therapy trials approach FDA approval, researchers express the urgent need to ensure effectiveness and accessibility to communities of color.
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Researchers Debate Benefits of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

Researchers critique an analysis in Lancet Psychiatry that included poorly designed studies and was written by pharma-employed authors.
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Critical Psychiatrists Argue for Decolonizing Medical Curricula in Psychiatry

Experts argue that critical thinking is needed to decolonize the medical curriculum and dismantle racism in psychiatry.
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FDA’s “Accelerated Approval” Process Leaves Ineffective Drugs on the Market

A BMJ investigation found that almost half (112) of the drugs approved this way don't have evidence for benefit, but only 16 drugs have ever been withdrawn.

Psychology’s own Ethical Standards Demand Prison Abolition

New work takes a closer look at psychology's troubling relationship with the criminal justice system and outlines a path toward abolition.

Preventing Psychiatric Rehospitalization with Person-Centered Care

By listening to service users, researchers aim to prevent psychiatric rehospitalization and improve patient-centered approaches to recovery.
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Study Examines Perspectives on Psychosis Recovery 20 Years Later

Interviews with service users 20 years after first-episode psychosis shed light on how to improve recovery-oriented mental health services.
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Long Hours and Low Psychosocial Safety at Work Can Make You Depressed

Research finds that people who work long hours at stressful jobs are three times more likely to meet criteria for depression after one year.

Why not Diagnose Social Conditions Instead of Individual Symptoms?

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?

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

Antipsychotic Adherence Research Overlooks Key Information

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Voice Hearing Adolescents Report Diverse Experiences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Sexual Minority Stress Impacts Personality Development

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

Can Mental Health Nurses Help Localize Global Mental Health?

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

Decoupling Psychiatric Crisis Response from Policing

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

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

A Trauma Survivor Explains the Harms of Screening

After choosing to disclose past trauma or sexual abuse on screening forms, patients are often left wondering if it was a mistake to disclose.

Interdisciplinary Research Needed on the Risks of Psychiatrization

How is society impacted by psychiatrization, the tendency to interpret social issues through the lens of mental health?

Stanford Psychiatrist Questions Use of Neuroimaging in Drug Development

Psychiatrist Alan Schatzberg claims that current neuroimaging techniques for assessing psychiatric drug effectiveness may be inadequate.

The Consequences of Historical Racism in Psychiatric Publications

Peer-reviewed journals in psychiatry continue to host articles promoting racist theories in their archives.
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Bringing Rights-Based Approaches to Mental Health to College Counseling

The University of Florida’s Counseling Center is beginning to integrate the rights-based approach to mental health promoted by the UN and WHO.
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Barriers to Shared Decision Making in the Prescription of Antipsychotics

Researchers push for a renewed focus on true shared decision-making for patients diagnosed with psychosis.

Study Finds No Genetic Correlations with Suicide Risk

A new study of over 3,500 people found no evidence for a genetic component to suicide risk.

We Need Qualitative Research in Psychology to Understand Recovery

A qualitative approach to mental health is needed to understand how recovery is achieved and experienced in different cultural contexts.
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Qualitative Study Highlights the Meaning and Impact of Hearing Voices Groups

Service users in the Netherlands describe what is meaningful about participating in Hearing Voices Groups.

How do we Balance Individual Agency and Social Factors in Depression?

Emphasizing individual accountability in depression exacerbates blame but a sole focus on social factors diminishes agency.

No, the FDA’s Black Box Warning Did not Increase Suicides

Researchers again debunk the claim that the FDA black box warnings on antidepressants led to more suicides.

Social Stigma Affects Young People’s Experiences of Hearing Voices

Interviews of young people who identify as hearing voices find that social stigma negatively affects these experiences.

LGBTQ Mental Health Impacted by Pandemic Measures Separating Them From Accepting Communities

A new international study finds negative mental health effects in LGBTQ+ youth confined at home during the pandemic.

Hype Trumps Rigorous Science in Social Science Publications

Nonreplicable studies in psychology, economics, and social science journals are more likely to be cited than replicable ones.

Minimal Medication Alternatives for Psychosis Needed

Researchers question the long-term use of antipsychotics and suggest increased research and investment in psychosocial interventions.

Psychosis in US Inseparable from Racism and Structural Inequality, Researchers Argue

A new study examines how a legacy of structural racism in the US shapes the social conditions that lead to a greater risk for psychosis.

Psychotherapy Can Prevent Relapse When Discontinuing Antidepressants

“Short and simple psychological programs can prevent people from relapsing when they stop their antidepressants.”

Philosophical Approach to Loneliness Yields new Insight into Treatments

Valeria Motta argues for a phenomenological philosophical approach to studying loneliness that focuses on in-depth lived experience.

Psychologists Attempt to Unify Different Approaches to Therapy

Psychologists propose a method for bringing together different theoretical schools of psychotherapy.

Can Performative Counter-Storytelling Facilitate Critical Social Change?

A new study examines how theater and storytelling can shift dominant perspectives on marginalized groups.

Disentangling the Link Between Inflammation and Depression

New research finds little difference in inflammation between people with and without a diagnosis of depression.

Black and Minority Youth More Likely to Face Forced Psychiatric Hospitalization

A new study examines disparities in forced psychiatric hospitalization in children and adolescents and offers guidance for future research.

“Colorblindness” and Liberal Racism in Mental Health

A new article argues that “colorblindness” perpetuates racism within mental health institutions, from diagnosis to recovery.

Psychiatric Survivors as Therapists Negotiate Difficult Spaces in Mental Health Activism

Research explores how psychiatric survivors who become therapists navigate their dual-identity in the mental health system.

Mental Health Recovery Frameworks Often Marginalize Personal Narratives

While recovery frameworks challenge traditional psychiatric discourse, this research too often limits lived experience perspectives.

We Need Clear Thinking About Biomarkers in Psychiatry to Avoid Bioreductionism

Philosophical psychiatrists caution against simplified views of biomarkers that reify psychiatric diagnoses and promote bioreductionism.

Allen Frances Takes on the Over-Prescription of Antidepressants

The prominent psychiatrist explores why antidepressants remain highly overprescribed and offers solutions to the problem.

Anticholinergic Medications Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia

Researchers have found further evidence that the anticholinergic effect of psychiatric drugs can lead to cognitive impairments.

The Importance of Preserving Youth Agency in Mental Healthcare

Young people with unusual experiences and beliefs are especially vulnerable to threats to their sense of epistemic agency.

Intense Exercise Most Likely to Improve Health for Busy Youth

Kids and teens need better diets, less screen time, and more sleep, but they especially need more exercise, study finds.

Empathic Phone Calls Reduce Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults Amid the Pandemic

A new study finds that layperson-delivered phone calls reduced loneliness, depression, and anxiety during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ethical Issues Raised Over FDA Collaboration with Biogen on Failed Drug

The FDA collaborated with Biogen to conduct repeated re-analyses of aducanumab for Alzheimer's and FDA committee members are raising concerns.
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Pandemic and Lockdown not Leading to Increased Suicides, Study Finds

A new study in Lancet Psychiatry finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to increased suicide rates in middle and high-income countries.

Encouraging Men to Talk about Suicide can Miss the Point

A new qualitative study suggests that a sole emphasis in suicide prevention on encouraging men to ‘talk’ can be ineffective.

How Enactive Philosophy Can Transform the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Attending to individual experiences of pain with enactive philosophy could provide an antidote to reductive and fragmented approaches.

How COVID-19 Precautions Impact Family Functioning

Researchers explore the many ways COVID-19 public health interventions in the US impacted family dynamics.

Psychiatry Residents Need More Training in LGBT Issues, Survey Finds

A new study finds that psychiatry residents training in the US is failing to teach LGBT cultural competence.

How Cultural Frames Shape our Experience of Mental Disorders

Leading researchers in cultural psychiatry explain how different cultural frames influence our perceptions, attitudes, and experiences of mental distress.

Study Confirms Overdiagnosis of ADHD in Children and Teens

Medical researchers present evidence that ADHD is overdiagnosed in children and teens, which can lead to significant harm.

Viewing Mental Differences on a Continuum Reduces Stigma

New research finds that a continuum model of mental health and mental illness can reduce stigma by decreasing notions of difference.

Racial and Gender Discrimination Impacts PTSD Severity

Researchers find differences in PTSD symptom severity between veterans along gender, racial, and ethnic lines.

Antidepressants Not Clinically Useful for Back Pain

While professional guidelines recommend antidepressants for back pain, researchers point out the lack of evidence for their usefulness.

Cochrane Review Calls for More Research on Antidepressant Withdrawal

Researchers find a lack of current literature on safe, effective ways to manage antidepressant withdrawal and make suggestions for future research.

The Mental Health App Marketplace is a Mess, Researchers Find

Harvard psychiatrists perform a comprehensive analysis of the mental health apps marketplace and find misinformation.

Social Security and Asylum: How States Produce Negative Affect to Stigmatize and Deter

A new paper reveals the role that State-sponsored “affective technologies” play in producing negative feelings toward welfare and immigration.

Can a Harry Potter-Themed Wellbeing Program Help Middle Schoolers Cope?

A school-based, Harry Potter-themed and CBT-informed program for middle schoolers enhances wellbeing and reduces suicidality.

Misreporting Results and Publication Bias Common in Psychiatry Research

Research audit finds biased outcome reporting and publication bias in clinical trials for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Financial Debt Predicts Poor Mental Health Outcomes

A new study finds that difficulty repaying debt is associated with increased instances of common mental disorders.

Mental Health Professionals and AI Tools Fail to Predict Suicide

Attempts to predict suicide risk using clinical judgment or machine learning algorithms are not useful in clinical practice.

Inflammatory and Neurological Changes Connected to Childhood Poverty

Findings illuminate the impact of childhood poverty on inflammation and neurological responses to threats and rewards.

Transparency is Not Enough to Stem Tide of Pharma Influence on Medicine

Mandated disclosure has not stopped pharma industry influence on physicians or prevented the pernicious effects on public health.

Can the HiTOP Diagnostic Paradigm Improve Psychotherapy Research and Practice?

HiTOP, an alternative psychiatric taxonomy from the DSM, can generate psychotherapy research across orientations.

Stimulant Prescribing Patterns for ADHD Not Impacted by Scientific Evidence

The article suggests that research challenging the evidence for ADHD drugs does not lead to changes without public campaigns.

Lack of Guidance Available for Discontinuing Psychiatric Drugs

A new article discusses the lack of research dedicated to discontinuing psychiatric drugs and reviews existing strategies.

Researchers Propose a Model for Addressing Collective Trauma in Palestine

The model looks beyond reductionist psychiatric conceptualizations to address the root causes of distress in Palestine.

Barriers to Service User and Stakeholder Participation in Global Mental Health

Leaders in global mental health identify barriers to greater inclusion of local service users and stakeholders.

Collaborative Participatory Frameworks for Youth Mental Health Research

Researchers describe the state of participatory research with children and adolescents in social work and beyond.

Study Explores Benefits of Hearing Voices Groups for Psychosis

A national US study on hearing voices groups finds that they perform numerous healing functions for users experiencing psychosis.

How Understanding Deaths of Despair Can Change Psychiatry

In JAMA Psychiatry, researchers argue that a 'deaths of despair' framework requires a move beyond traditional psychiatric diagnosis.

New Study Finds ECT Ineffective for Reducing Suicide Risk

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was not found to decrease the risk of suicide in almost 15 thousand VA patients studied.

Mapping Patients’ Social Situation Aids Substance Use Treatment and Recovery

Norwegian researchers have developed a tool to promote community for people in substance use treatment.

Doctors Push to Rethink Sex Designations on Birth Certificates

Doctors suggest moving sex designations below the line of demarcation on birth certification to reduce harms to gender-diverse individuals.

Coming to Terms with the Failures of Youth Psychology Research

The complexity of youth mental health requires a scientific humility conspicuously lacking from the past 50 years of psychology research.