Wednesday, November 29, 2023


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

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Challenging the Biomedical Imperative in Global Mental Health with Clinical-Community Psychology

Clinical psychologists from South Africa reflect on their training experiences and suggest that a clinical-community psychology curriculum may be the way forward.

Researchers Give High Safety Rating to ECT Despite 69% Risk of Memory Loss in...

Despite claims, ECT researchers did not use control groups and are therefore incapable of making accurate statements about the efficacy and safety of the procedure.
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In Advancing Psychedelics, Australian Drug Regulator Ignored the Report of Its Own Researchers

Lead researcher Steve Kisely argues that regulatory bodies should decide whether to approve drugs based on scientific evidence, rather than public opinion.
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Plotting a Research Path to a New Model of Mental Health Care

There needs to be interdisciplinary research on human rights and social determinants of health.
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Mainstream Narratives: A Person-Centered Paradigm of Care Is Gaining Favor in the Global North

Over the last 30 years, criticism of the biomedical model is shifting the narrative toward a person-centered paradigm.
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Pandemic Lockdowns Led to Spike in Behavioral Addictions

Gambling, pornography, social media, and shopping addictions all increased during the pandemic, according to researchers.
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Focusing on Trauma and Involving Families in Care Could Help Prevent Early Death

Lived-experience researchers concluded that focusing on trauma-informed care, including eCPR, and involving families in treatment could help reduce early death.
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Adding Antipsychotics Worsens Outcomes in Psychotic Depression

Outcomes were worse for all, with young people on combination therapy twice as likely to experience rehospitalization or death by suicide than those on antidepressants alone.

Transforming Mental Health Care with Cultural Narratives and Metaphors

In an influential paper, Laurence Kirmayer explores how cultural narratives and metaphors shape our experience of mental health and recovery.

New Neuroscience Technology Exacerbates Racial Disparities in Criminal Legal System

A new article cautions that the use of neuroscience technologies in criminal and legal settings may exacerbate racial inequalities.

Yale Researchers Propose Epistemic Justice as Key to Mental Health System Overhaul

Rebecca Miller and Anthony Pavlo from Yale University School of Medicine apply the concept of epistemic (in)justice to advocate for a system that values the lived experiences and knowledge of service users.

For Teen Girls, Rare Psychiatric Disorders Spread Like Viruses on Social Media

Researchers argue that a massive sudden spread of unusual psychiatric problems follows the pattern of “psychosomatic social contagion.”

Therapists Embrace Uncertainty to Foster Deeper Recovery from Psychosis, Study Finds

Study reveals clinicians’ positive experiences with recovery-oriented psychotherapy for psychosis.

Why is Lived Experience Inclusion Essential to Mental Healthcare? Philosophers Weigh In

Roy Dings and ƞerife Tekin argue for an enactive affordance-based framework in mental health care that integrates the subjective knowledge of lived experience with professional knowledge.

College Students Conflicted Over Accessibility and Inhumanity of Mental Health Apps

Study finds college students are increasingly pushed toward mental health apps but they remain wary of further disconnection.

Early Intervention Programs Fail to Help Psychosis Patients Rebuild Careers

Participants in early intervention in psychosis programs report that career specialists often push them toward temporary and low-wage jobs.

Only One of Five Key Xanax Trials Deemed Positive by F.D.A.

The published literature is misleading, as the negative Xanax trials either went unpublished or were spun to appear positive.

Depression Not So “Treatment-Resistant” After Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Researcher finds Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy reduced depressive symptoms in patients who did not improve with pharmacological treatment.

Equal Pay for Lived Experience: A Prerequisite for Authentic Inclusion in Global Mental Health

Claudia Sartor of The Global Mental Health Peer Network argues that people with lived experience must receive fair compensation.

Patients Laud Focus on Therapy Relationship in Psychodynamic Treatment

Patients challenge conventional wisdom in public healthcare settings by emphasizing the power of the therapy relationship in their treatment.

Mental Health Peer Specialists Play Diverse Roles, But Need Essential Support

Peer specialists, mental health workers with lived experience, play diverse roles when supported with robust training.
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Animal Study Shows Impact of Prozac in Pregnancy on the Child

Researchers found that rats born to mothers given the antidepressant Prozac during pregnancy or breastfeeding exhibited varied behavioral and developmental effects, with implications for the understanding of antidepressant impacts during human pregnancies.

Self-Organized Research Championed by Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Thomas Schlingmann and CSA survivors introduce a "self-organized research" approach, emphasizing the active role of childhood sexual abuse survivors in mental health research, challenging traditional objectifying methods.

Digital Phenotyping May Worsen Epistemic Injustice in Psychiatry

A new article explores how the use of digital phenotyping may exacerbate epistemic injustice in psychiatry.
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Can Trauma Therapies Unlock the Prison of Psychosis?

New review sheds light on effective trauma therapies for psychosis, revealing how life experiences can lead to onset of symptoms.
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Research Finds Youth Often Have Negative Experiences of Psychotherapy

Youth do not report negative experiences in psychotherapy to their therapists.

Eighty Percent of the Population Will Get Treated for Mental Illness in their Lifetime—and...

Study in JAMA Psychiatry shows that most people experience treatment for "mental illness" and their lives worsen after diagnosis and treatment.
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Rethinking Culture and Colonialism in the History of Global Mental Health

Researchers argue that understanding the historical context of global mental health can offer fresh insights, challenge colonial biases, and promote a more inclusive and holistic approach to mental well-being.

What Does Resiliency Mean in the Context of Oppressive Systems?

Master narratives of resiliency suggest that individuals should overcome adversity despite living under systems of oppression.  

Resilience and Recovery: Insights from Service Users with Psychosis Experience

Viewed as a dynamic quality shaped by life experiences, resilience provides valuable insights into the experiences of individuals who have encountered psychosis.

Leadership of Patient Advocacy Organizations Tied to Pharma and Device Industry

A study reveals significant industry involvement in the leadership and funding of patient advocacy organizations, raising questions about the impartiality of these organizations in representing patient interests.
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Ultra-Processed Foods Contribute to Decline in Mental Well-Being, Study Finds

Ultra-processed foods, like cold cuts, cup noodles, and chips, contribute to worsened depression symptoms worldwide.

Mental Health Staff Reluctant to Support Service Users in Tapering Antipsychotics, Study Finds

Study reveals schizophrenia patients find little support from mental health staff in reducing side effects-heavy drugs.
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WHO and UN Advocate for Mental Health Reform, Face Opposition

On World Mental Health Day, the debate intensifies on the path to truly inclusive and rights-based mental health care.

Universal DBT in Schools Increases Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict

Researchers: “These findings raise discussion as to the potential for iatrogenic harm from universal interventions.”

Psychedelics: The Mirage of a Mental Health Revolution?

The intertwining of the psychedelics movement with neoliberalism may undermine its potential as a mental health solution.

Study Examines Healing from Family Rejection as Trans and Nonbinary Latinx Persons

Research centering on the lived experience of transgender and nonbinary Latinx people generates new understanding of their processes of healing after family rejection.

Mental Disorder Labels in Children Impact Identity Development

Sophie Isobel examines the moral implications and potential long-term effects on self-identity in children diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, urging deeper reflection on how society approaches child mental health.

Accumulating Evidence for the Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Therapy

Review of existing trials finds psychodynamic psychotherapies superior to no treatment, as effective as CBT.
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Cannabis for Pain and PTSD Goes Up in Smoke

“The favorable outcomes that patients report with these substances for both pain and PTSD currently are better explained by expectancy biases than by a treatment effect,” the researchers write.

Jem Tosh Challenges Psychology’s Inclusivity Illusion

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

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

Brain Changes from ECT Linked to Worse Outcomes

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

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

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

Early Intervention in Ultrahigh Risk for Psychosis Ineffective

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

Collaborative Study Challenges Traditional Views of Depression, Enriches Understanding

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

Redefining Mental Health Care in Portugal with Open Dialogue

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

Can Individual Focus of CBT Harm Those Facing Systemic Discrimination?

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

In Nicaragua, Trauma and Faith Shape Understanding of Psychosis

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

JAMA Psychiatry: Lifting Families out of Poverty May Prevent Psychosis

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

Study Highlights Growing Diversity of Mental Health Models

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

Social Determinants in Global Mental Health: Beyond Pills and Psychotherapy

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

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

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

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

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

SSRI Use During Pregnancy Alters the Child’s Brain Development

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

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

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

Theater Can Foster Empathy and Promote a Richer Understanding of Psychosis

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

Stretching Terms and Missing the Mark in our Mental Health Discourse

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

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

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

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

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

Literature Provides Deeper Look Into Nation’s Mental Health

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

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

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

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

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

Is TikTok Serving or Sabotaging Youth Mental Health?

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

Trading Symptom for Significance: Existential Psychology Finds Meaning in Mental Distress

Existentialist positive psychology offers a new integrative framework through which to conceptualize and treat psychological distress.

Beyond Apologies: Research Reveals How Psychological Discourse Perpetuates Racism

Two years after APA's apology, research highlights the need for genuine progress in eradicating racism from psychological discourse.

Courts’ Hidden Reliance on Interpersonal Influence Affects Individuals with Psychosocial Disabilities

Researchers reveal the often-overlooked impact of personal relationships on court decisions, affecting the rights and autonomy of those with psychosocial disabilities.

Suicide Most Common Cause of Death in Those Treated for Bipolar Disorder

Almost half of those treated for bipolar disorder who died by suicide did so by overdosing on their psychiatric drugs.

Researchers Call on Psychiatry to Abandon Biomedical Framework

Scholars reveal concerns about biomedical psychiatry, calling for a more scientific, unique, and effective approach to mental health care.

Mind Over Misconception: Challenging the Idea that Therapy Is Ineffective for ‘Biologically Based’ Mental...

A new study explores why people think some 'mental disorders' are biologically based, and why this belief could be keeping people from therapy.

Nut Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of Depression in New Study

Moderate nut consumption may decrease the risk of depression among adults, according to a large-scale cohort study in the UK.

Disability Research: Inclusion in Theory, Exclusion in Practice

Research points to an urgent need for inclusivity, broader perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the global disability experience.
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Antidepressants Increase Suicide Attempts in Youth; No Preventative Effect

Researchers find that SSRIs increase suicide attempts up to age 24, and have no preventative effect at any age, even for those at high risk of suicide.
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Nature as Partner, Not Resource: A Call for Ethical Treatment of Therapeutic Environments

Patric Plesa's 'ethical ecology' urges us to rethink therapeutic environments, bridging mental health with environmental ethics.
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Is Grief a Disorder? New Research Challenges the Psychiatrization of Mourning

Highlighting the dissonance between clinical diagnosis and the human experience of grief, new research sheds light on the controversial inclusion of Prolonged Grief Disorder in DSM-5-TR

Social Workers Contribute to Psychiatric Oppression Despite the Field’s Complicated Relationship with Mental Healthcare

Although primarily seen as a benevolent profession, social work has contributed to harmful and coercive practices of psychiatric oppression.

Supernatural Beliefs Must be Understood to Treat Psychosis in Pakistan

Researchers find supernatural beliefs and social factors play crucial roles in understanding mental illness, stressing the need for a less Eurocentric approach.

No Benefit for Adding Antidepressants to CBT in Severe Depression

For those with severe depression, inpatient CBT was effective but the adding antidepressants did not improve treatment outcomes.

Neoliberalism Meets Techno-Solutionism: Investigating the Dynamics of Digital Psychiatry

Researcher Ben Berners-Lee scrutinizes a digital psychiatry trial, revealing the "neoliberal paradox" within.

Prescriber-Patient Power Dynamics Prevent Honest Discussions About Antidepressant Withdrawal

Daniel J. Dunleavy probes into the power imbalances and social control issues prevalent in managing antidepressant withdrawal.

New Data Reveal the Full Extent of STAR*D Failure

The initial study, which has been used to promote antidepressants, employed outcome switching to hide poor results.
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Risks Outweigh Benefits for Antidepressants in Elderly, Study Concludes

A new review finds limited benefits and increased risks associated with antidepressant use in the elderly population.
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Antidepressants Diminish Psilocybin Psychedelic Effects, Study Shows

Evidence suggests that SSRI and SNRI antidepressants significantly impact the psychedelic properties of psilocybin.
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Research Explores ‘Positive Addiction’ Through Compulsive Prayer Behaviors

Using the work of William Glasser on “positive addiction,” Joyzy Pius Egunjobi examines addiction to prayer and its possible benefits.

Framing Depression as a Functional Signal Rather than a Disease Promotes Hope and Reduces...

A shift in perspective from seeing depression as a disease to recognizing it as a helpful warning sign can promote a healthier understanding and lessen self-stigma, researchers find.

Kratom: A Gas Station Drug Raising Addiction Concerns

Recent investigations on case studies of kratom use illuminate novel insights into addiction, dependence, and potential treatment approaches.

Psychosis Patients Prioritize Non-Psychosis Issues in Therapy, Study Finds

In therapy for psychosis, most patients prioritize non-psychosis issues; over 20% didn't mention psychosis at all.

Lexapro for Children: Drug With No Meaningful Benefit and Increased Suicidality Gets FDA Approval

Response and remission rates were the same in the drug versus placebo groups, and Lexapro increased suicidality sixfold.

The Concept of Psychiatric Comorbidity is Overused and Poorly Understood

Danish psychiatrists argue that the concept of psychiatric comorbidity has been carelessly applied in psychiatry and should be re-thought.

Breaking Down Power Structures in Global Mental Health: A Call for Mutuality

Multinational research team advocates for mutuality and challenges existing power hierarchies in Global Mental Health.

Study Discovers Gender-Specific Links Between Childhood Trauma and Psychosis

Depressive symptoms in men and women with psychosis are linked to different types of childhood trauma.
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Self-Help or Self-Governance? The Role of the Psy-Disciplines in Neoliberalism

Roberto RodrĂ­guez-LĂłpez dissects the role of psychology and self-help culture in our individualized society.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Fails to Treat Depression

A rigorous, multi-center study uncovers the lack of efficacy of tDCS, sparking concerns about its use in the 'biohacking' community.

Beyond Symptom Reduction: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Gets Empirical Backing

Psychodynamic therapy fulfills stringent criteria for evidence-based treatment for common mental disorders.

How Theoretical Debates in Cross Cultural Social Work Miss the Point

Understanding how social work theories are applied is more critical than debating their superiority.
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Patients Express Anger at Doctors’ Ignorance About Antidepressant Withdrawal Effects

Antidepressant users share their frustrations towards a healthcare system that overprescribes but is ill-equipped to support with discontinuation and withdrawal symptoms.

Prolonged Negative Impacts of Benzodiazepine Use Revealed in New Study

Researchers find that adverse effects often last over a year, with many users experiencing substantial life changes.

Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Benzos All Increase Suicide Attempts in New Study

In a study of people with borderline personality disorder, only ADHD stimulants were associated with a decrease in suicide.

Overdose Prevention Sites: A Battleground for Public Space Policies

Ethnographic study of Overdose Prevention Sites reveals potential for mutual aid, but also constraints due to cultural and policy barriers
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Study Suggests Psychotherapy Is Not the Sole Solution for Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences

Personal and community practices like yoga and prayer may play a more significant role in the successful integration of ayahuasca experiences than individual psychotherapy.
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Pharma CEO, Others Attempt Contradictory Critiques of Serotonin-Debunking Study

Moncrieff et al. respond to the contradictory and, in some cases, false concerns raised by these critics of their serotonin review.

Involuntary Commitment for Substance Use Disorder Leads to Poor Outcomes

A new study found that patients involuntarily committed for substance use disorder relapsed within the first year after release.

Critical Psychology Needed to Combat Capitalism and Climate Change

Researchers suggest a vital role for critical psychology in the fight against climate change, urging a shift from individual actions to systemic anti-capitalist initiatives.

Our Brain’s Response to Trauma is Adaptive not Pathological, Researcher Argues

The Neuroplastic Narrative argues that the neurological and psychological impacts of trauma should not be characterized as pathology and illness.
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Psychologists can Lead Shift to Recovery-Oriented Mental Healthcare

Psychologists are uniquely positioned to drive transformational change by promoting recovery-oriented care and socially just practices, championing the rights of both patients and staff.
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Reframing Psychiatric History with Service-User Activist Accounts

Insights from service-user activists reveal a rich counter-history of challenging psychiatric authority, driving the quest for transformative change in mental health treatment and policy.

Probiotics Show Promise as Depression Treatment

Probiotics may be useful in treating the anxiety and somatic symptoms that antidepressants often fail to improve.

Unveiling Mental Health Patient Perspectives in Online Psychiatrist Reviews

Canadian researchers analyze the experiences of mental health patients in hundreds of online reviews for psychiatrists
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Diary Study Reveals Same Day Impact of LGBTQ+ Discrimination on Suicidality

When Sexual and Gender Minority Youth experience minority-related stressors, their suicidality intensifies that same day.
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Do Police Drug Interventions Spark Overdose Surges?

New research highlights the potential connection between police drug interventions and increases in opioid overdoses.
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Positive Parenting Can Mitigate Effects of Childhood Stress, Study Reveals

When youth report experiencing positive-parenting, they exhibit fewer stress-related behavioral problems and larger hippocampal volumes.
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Socioeconomic Factors are the Key Contributors to Surge in Suicide Deaths, Study Shows

Unemployment, education inequality, and a lack of medical care are among the factors linked to increases in suicide in latest study.
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Self-Labeling with Psychiatric Terminology May be Harmful for Youth

Despite the biomedical model’s claim that self-labeling is critical to the mental health treatment process, study shows that self-labeling can be harmful to youth self-esteem.

Risk of Schizophrenia Diagnosis Higher Following Cannabis-Induced Psychosis, Study Shows

Patients who experience substance-induced psychosis, particularly from cannabis, are at a significantly higher risk of transitioning to a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
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Preaddiction—A Helpful Term or Reactionary Misstep in Addiction Treatment?

Leaders of addiction and alcohol institutes look to create a new term, preaddiction, to increase the number of people in treatment. Others believe this move could increase stigma and forced treatment.
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Trauma-Informed Care and PTMF Reduce Self-Harm, Seclusion, and Restraint in Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

Implementation of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) and staff psychological stabilization training leads to a decrease in self-harm and restrictive interventions in one inpatient psychiatric unit.
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Cancer Risk Higher for Those on Clozapine

The antipsychotic clozapine, considered the “gold-standard” treatment for psychosis, was found to increase the risk of blood and lymph system cancers.
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Borderline Personality Disorder “No Longer Has a Place in Clinical Practice”

Researchers from the UK and New Zealand argue that Borderline Personality Disorder should be abandoned as a diagnostic category.
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A Call for Critical Approaches to Cognitive Psychology

Richard Prather asks fellow researchers in cognitive psychology to incorporate critical models and approaches into their practices.
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Human Rights Education can Shift Medical Students’ Perspectives on Psychiatry

A new study explores how training and education centered on human rights facilitates increased awareness and advocacy for change to psychiatry in medical students.
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Why Does Research Focus on Treating Depression Rather Than Preventing It?

Why Does Research Focus on Treating Depression Rather Than Preventing It?
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No Difference in Antidepressant Effectiveness After Genetic Testing

Genetic testing may help reduce the length of time people experience the harmful effects of antidepressant drugs, but it is not helpful for predicting efficacy.

What Psychosis Researchers can Learn from the Compassionate Approach to Psychedelic Experiences

Despite their similarities, psychedelic experiences are often met with care and compassion, while psychosis is treated with coercion.
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Mad Studies Needed to Decolonize Global Mental Health

Peter Beresford and Diana Rose explore the influence of Mad Studies, survivor movements, and experiential knowledge in global mental health discourse.
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Effective for LGBTQ Individuals with Trauma Histories

In a new clinical trial, researchers found psychodynamic psychotherapy to be a promising treatment for the reduction of PTSD symptoms in LGBTQ individuals.
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Digital Phenotyping in Mental Health is Radically Transforming our Pursuit of Self-Knowledge

By using data from digital devices to diagnose and treat mental illness, digital phenotyping could fundamentally change how we understand ourselves.
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Ketamine Fails to Beat Active Placebo for Depression

Ketamine “may actually be ineffective for the short-term treatment of MDD.”
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DSM-5 Faces Global Backlash: An International Call for Culturally Affirming and Decolonizing Mental Health...

Calls to decolonize mental health and replace the current DSM-5 diagnostic model gain momentum.

Social Mobility Causes Distress and So Does the Neoliberal Imperative to Pursue Wealth and...

Research finds that downward social mobility leads to distress but the pressure to move up in a neoliberal society also causes distress.
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Recovery Orientation Faces Challenges in Forensic Psychiatry Settings

Psychiatric staff in Switzerland express concerns about loss of authority and power if implementing recovery orientation in forensic settings.

Do Not Prescribe Antidepressants for Mild to Moderate Depression or at First Visit

World Psychiatry article challenges conventional antidepressant prescription practices.

Australia’s Billion-Dollar Question: Why Is Mental Health Not Improving With Better Access?

Amid growing mental health crisis, research raises questions about the mass rollout of brief psychotherapies in Australia.

Study Highlights Lack of Evidence for Antidepressants in Treatment of Chronic Pain

A new Cochrane review details the lack of evidence for antidepressants in the treatment of chronic pain.

Personal Narratives Offer Insight into Mental Health Recovery for Diverse Communities

An in-depth analysis of personal narratives of mental health recovery aims to improve treatment for marginalized communities.
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Therapist Trainings Needed on Disability to Counter Neoliberalism in Mental Healthcare

Disability scholar Joanne Hunt’s call for structural competence training around disability counters neoliberal ideologies in clinical training.

Hyperbolic Tapering off Antidepressants Limits Withdrawal

New research by Jim van Os and Peter Groot finds that using hyperbolic tapering to discontinue antidepressants reduces withdrawal effects.

Systemic Racism Exacerbates Psychosis Risk for People of Color in the US

New study highlights connection between racism and psychosis in the United States.

Amid Opioid Crisis, Doctors Turn to Antidepressants for Chronic Pain

Despite unproven efficacy, antidepressants are increasingly being put forward as an alternative to opioids for chronic pain patients.

The Decline of Independence and Its Toll on Kids’ Mental Health

Research highlights the need for more unsupervised play and activities to foster resilience and mental health in kids.

Internal Pharma Documents Reveal Strategies Used to Corrupt the Medical Field

A newly published review of internal documents finds that pharma uses many tactics to ensure profit without regard for health.

What Is the Risk of Permanent Sexual Dysfunction from Antidepressants?

Males taking antidepressants were at 100 times the risk of erectile dysfunction compared with the healthy population and more than three times the risk even after controlling for other variables.
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Global Push for Human Rights in Mental Healthcare Gains Momentum

Scoping review highlights policy-level initiatives to promote voluntary care and human rights in mental healthcare.

Study Under Fire for Harmful Language Targeting Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals

Activists and researchers urge the adoption of alternative frameworks to better understand and support transgender experiences.

Despite Focus on “Inclusion,” Mental Health Peer Support Workers Face Marginalization

A recent study highlights the tensions and limitations of the dominant notions of "inclusion" within mental health peer support research.

Unpaid Labor Takes a Toll on Women’s Mental Health, Study Reveals

Systematic review uncovers the detrimental effects of unpaid work on employed women's mental health.

Breaking Blind: Antipsychotic Drug Efficacy May Be Overestimated

Only 4 of 188 antipsychotic trials assessed blinding, and in all 4 cases, the blind was broken, potentially leading to an overestimation of the drug effect.

Unveiling Brazil’s Rich Tradition in Participatory Mental Health Research

An international team of researchers uncovers the transformative potential of locally-driven participatory mental health research in the Global South.

How Historical Trauma and Racism Impact Mental Healthcare for Native American Communities

Deep-rooted distrust of healthcare systems is linked to past injustices and ongoing discrimination for Native populations.

Prioritizing Psychiatrized Individuals’ Knowledge and Agency in Mental Health Discourse

Scholar-activist Jasna Russo examines the consequences of psychiatrization on mental health discourse, individual agency, and epistemic injustice.

Questioning the Representativeness of Participants in Psychological Research

People with symptoms of personality disorders, anxiety, and depression are more likely to volunteer for psychological research.

Lithium in Drinking Water Linked to Autism

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics found a robust link between lithium levels in drinking water and autism diagnosis.

Institutional Barriers and Tokenism in Participatory Mental Health Research

Researchers identify key barriers to meaningful lived experience collaboration in mental health services research n the US.

How AI-based Programs Are Harming Homeless Populations

Unintended consequences arise as AI programs implemented without stakeholder input risk exacerbating homelessness issues.

Forced Opioid Tapering Leads to Worse Outcomes for Patients

Medically enforced opioid tapering can lead to an increased risk of mental and physical health issues.

When Good Intentions Go Awry: The Hidden Risks of School Mental Health Programs

Researchers point to overlooked dangers as school mental health programs exacerbate adolescent distress.

Lancet Psychiatry: We Are Undervaluing the Placebo Effect

A recent study of brain stimulation for depression found that the placebo group (sham treatment) showed more improvement than the group that received actual brain stimulation.

Stigma towards “Prosumers,” Psychologists with Lived Experience

Study explores the experiences of discrimination and stigma of prosumers,” psychologists with lived experiences of mental distress.

New Study Shows Music Therapy’s Positive Impact on ADHD Treatment

Music therapy found to be an effective tool in improving mental health and daily life functioning in young people with ADHD.
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Implementation of Open Dialogue for Psychosis in Atlanta Shows Promise

Study finds Open Dialogue-inspired support intervention reduces symptoms and improves functioning.

Study Identifies Best Practices for Co-Designed Mental Health Interventions

Study identifies best practices for co-designing eMental Health interventions with practitioners and people with lived experience.

Alzheimer’s Drugs Cause Brain Shrinkage

Researchers discover a link between anti-amyloid Alzheimer’s drugs and brain shrinkage.

Global Mental Health Agenda Fails to Address Psychoses in sub-Saharan Africa, Says New Report

Critical review finds lack of data hinders understanding and treatment of severe psychosocial disabilities, including psychoses and bipolar disorder, in sub-Saharan Africa.

Researcher Warns of Abuse and Coercion With ‘App-ification’ of Mental Health Services

Mental health apps may offer increased accessibility but unregulated private sector involvement could lead to abuse of power and coercion.

Prescribers Often Fail to Support Patients Discontinuing Antidepressants, Study Finds

Study reveals most patients are dissatisfied with prescribers' support when discontinuing antidepressants.

JAMA Psychiatry: We Must Look at the Harms of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Researchers warn of potential harms of psychedelic-assisted therapy as hype outstrips evidence.

Beyond the Brain: Psychological Humanities Needed to Understand the Human Condition

Authors draw on the works of Anton Chekhov to illustrate how the psychological humanities can shed light on the social and cultural factors in mental health.

Can A Cultural-Eco-Social Approach to Psychiatry Push Past Reductionism?

Leading psychiatrists propose a cultural-ecosocial systemic approach to counter biological reductionism in the field.

Gender Bias in Antidepressant Ads? 82% Target Women

Researchers raise concerns over the potential negative effects of direct-to-consumer antidepressant advertisements.

Alarming Overprescription Patterns for Older Adults on Antidepressants

New study finds polypharmacy for 73% of older adults on antidepressants, with 56% at risk of harmful drug interactions.

JAMA Psychiatry: No Evidence that Psychiatric Treatments Produce “Successful Outcomes”

In a viewpoint article in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers reveal that psychiatry is unable to demonstrate improving patient outcomes over time.

Global Survey Leads to New Recommendations for Deprescribing Psychiatric Drugs

Growing rates of long-term psychiatric drug prescriptions and documented issues with withdrawal demonstrate a need for safe deprescribing practices.
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Breathwork May be Accessible Alternative for Anxiety Treatment

A new review suggests breathwork interventions may be a useful but under-researched non-drug alternative for anxiety treatment.
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Mental Health Awareness Campaigns May Actually Lead to Increases in Mental Distress

More people may get help for conditions that would have been overlooked in the past, but mental health awareness may also exacerbate mental distress for others.

Researchers Warn of Major Threats to the Validity of Psychedelic Research

Warning of “history repeating,” researchers list ten problems with psychedelic research that make conclusions about efficacy and safety uncertain.

Mad Studies and Mad Pride on the Rise in Latin America

Mad Pride and Mad Studies are growing in Latin America, paving the way for new research agendas and cultural, political, and social frameworks.

Mental Health Care More System-Centered Than Person-Centered

A new qualitative study identifies how institutional interests in the mental health field dehumanize care for clients.

Common Air Pollutants Connected to Depression and Anxiety

As air pollution becomes increasingly common, researchers report an association between exposure to air pollutants and depression and anxiety.

Poverty and Childhood Maltreatment Impact Developing Brains in Complex Ways

A new meta-analysis from Columbia University's Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory finds that early life adversity has complex effects on brain development.

Machine Learning Fails to Identify Depression Based on Neurobiology

“The fact that we cannot find meaningful (univariate or multivariate) neurobiological differences on the level of the individual for one of the most prevalent mental disorders should give us pause.” –Lead researcher Nils R. Winter

News Organizations Spread Misconceptions About PTSD on Social Media

News media, especially portrayals of PTSD, are likely to exacerbate mental health stigma and perpetuate stereotypes.

Areas With Low Rates of Involuntary Commitments Do Not See More Adverse Events

A Norwegian study finds that areas that do not frequently utilize involuntary commitments on psychiatric patients do not show more patients harms.

Physical Activity Improves Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

A review of studies finds that physical activity shows benefits across all populations for mental health and aids in the management of many chronic illnesses.

New Guidance on Antidepressant Withdrawal for Doctors in the UK

New guidance for primary care doctors in the UK on antidepressant discontinuation acknowledges severe and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.
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Critical Consciousness Helps Marginalized Youth Turn Mental Distress Toward Social Action

Psychological distress motivates racialized youth to engage in social action, developing critical consciousness and self-esteem.

Deteriorating Relationships and Family Bonds Drive Youth Mental Health Crisis

New data from Sapien Labs finds a generational decline in social and familial relationships linked to the youth mental health crisis.

Women’s Suicidal Acts in Sri Lanka Embedded in Cultural Meanings

Research with young women in Sri Lanka reveals how Western mental health models miss the cultural and contextual factors at play.

Running Therapy For Depression as Effective as Antidepressants Without the Health Risks

Participants taking antidepressants saw a deterioration in physical health, while those taking part in running therapy saw improvements.

Understanding the Neurobiology of Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction

Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) may be a common adverse effect of antidepressants. Researchers are now attempting to understand the neurobiology behind it.

Data Erasure of Native American Communities Conceals Mortality Rates and Social Inequity

Research on deaths of despair has excluded data on death rates of Native American and other minoritized communities contributing to underfunding and failures to address social inequity.

The Case of EMDR in Cambodia Shows Pitfalls of Mental Health Humanitarian Aid

A case study of EMDR in Cambodia reveals a few of the pitfalls of international mental health humanitarian aid in low and middle-income countries.

Lived Experience Affects Mental Health Professionals’ Approach

New research explores how lived experience shapes clinicians’ perceptions and approaches to understanding mental health.

Neighborhood Disadvantage Linked to Mental Health Issues Later in Life

Neighborhood based mental health interventions, job skills training, and psychosocial supports are necessary primary health measures.
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Your Mental Health Information Is for Sale

Data brokers are selling massive lists of your psychiatric diagnoses, prescriptions, hospitalizations, and even lab results, all linked to identifiable contact information.

Psychology’s Reckoning with Racism and Mass Incarceration

The racist foundations of psychology and psychiatry contribute to the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States.

ECT Does Not Seem to Prevent Suicide

A new study finds that people who undergo electroconvulsive therapy or ECT still have a highly elevated suicide risk.

Stigma and Expected Retaliation Drive Suicide Among Military Sexual Trauma Survivors

A new study finds that for sexual trauma survivors in the military, self-stigma and anticipated enacted stigma for seeking help are associated with suicidal ideation.

Most Psychopharmacology Textbooks Have Financial Conflicts of Interest

Study finds that the pharmaceutical industry makes large payments to the authors of most psychopharmacology textbooks, raising concerns of bias.

Declining Youth Mental Health May Be Driven by Increased Abuse and Bullying

New data from Sapien Labs finds that young people today report more abuse and bullying than past generations.

Mental Health Peer Workers Support Recovery After Inpatient Hospitalization

Qualitative research from Australia highlights how mental health peer workers aid service users' recovery and provide connection.

How to do Inclusive Research When ‘Legal Capacity’ for Informed Consent is Questioned

Researchers describe a CRPD-compliant participatory research project with people with neurodegenerative disorders where the ‘legal capacity’ to give informed consent was questioned.

Governmental Climate Action Ignores Disability—Researchers Don’t Have To

People with disabilities are not considered in governmental climate action strategies. Can scientists fill the gaps left by legislation?

Becoming a Peer Support Worker can Improve Insight and Resilience, Study Finds

People with their own mental health challenges who became peer support workers showed increased recovery, especially if they engaged in frequent introspection.

Researchers Question the Foundational Assumptions of Neuropsychology

“A productive way forward may be to fundamentally rethink what a mind is and how a brain works,” the researchers write.

Psychodynamic Therapy Effective for Depressive Symptoms, Study Finds

A new meta-analysis of previous research finds short-term psychodynamic therapy to be an effective treatment for depressive symptoms. Adding antidepressants provided no added benefit.

CRPD Debates Highlight Historical Tensions Between Human Rights and Psychiatry

Spanish scholars use Foucault and Agamben to explore the history of debates over the CRPD and the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities.

American College of Preventative Medicine Makes Recommendations for Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences

The AJPM recommends against regular screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences until more effective interventions are identified.

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.