RESEARCH NEWS

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

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Linked to ADHD Symptoms

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Research from the University of Bordeaux uncovers how adverse childhood experiences increase the likelihood of ADHD symptoms in French students.

Wunderink: Antipsychotics Can Be Tapered Safely Without Increasing Relapse Risk

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Tapering antipsychotics slowly and with supported decision-making may improve care for patients with psychosis.

New Study Reveals Stagnant Depression Outcomes in Clinical Trials Over Time

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Despite the proliferation of treatments for depression, patient outcomes have not improved.

Unsettling Psychology: Embracing Indigenous Insights to Challenge Colonial Legacies

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This critical analysis urges psychology to radically incorporate Indigenous methodologies to heal not just individuals but the discipline itself.

Decoding Therapeutic Success: Strategies of an Expert Psychotherapist

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Research on an expert psychotherapist demonstrated collaboration, emotional security, meaningful exploration, and responsiveness to clients’ needs.

Pharma Pushed “Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis” to Boost Drug Sales, Researchers Report

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Pharma company Acadia pushed the new diagnosis to increase sales of Nuplazid (pimavanserin), resulting in avoidable deaths.

“No Promising Biomarkers” Identified for ADHD

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A new study reviews all the various possible biomarkers for identifying ADHD—and comes up empty-handed.

UN’s Mental Health Goals Off Track as Social Factors Remain Unaddressed, Study Shows

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Researchers call for global policy change to align mental health spending with the social challenges of poverty, inequality, and neighborhood safety, based on the latest comprehensive review.

Philosopher Links Depression to the Distortions of Global Capitalism

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A new article in Philosophical Psychology argues that social and cultural forces like globalization, biopolitics, and capitalism distort how we perceive time, agency, and interpersonal connections—key factors influencing depression.

Pittsburgh First-Episode Program Leads to New Developments in Psychosis Care

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A new article reviews how an early intervention program for psychosis has led to new developments in how first-episode psychosis is understood and treated.

Case Studies Reveal Patient Empowerment Through Tapering Antipsychotics

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A new study shows how different patients respond to tapering antipsychotic medication under expert guidance, highlighting personal empowerment and the complexities of withdrawal.
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Reanalysis of Tryptophan Study “Raises Doubts” about Depression Connection

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The reanalysis finds that the data supports the null finding—that tryptophan (a proxy for serotonin) is not related to depression.

Study Reveals Racial Bias in Use of Restraints in Psychiatry

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A new study sheds light on how psychiatric restraints disproportionately affect Black and multiracial patients, raising urgent questions about equality and human rights in healthcare.

Can Access to Greenspace Protect Against Psychotic Experiences?

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A new study explores environmental predictors of psychotic experiences and finds exposure to natural environments could prevent psychosis.

CBT Patients Want Understanding, Not Homework

CBT interventions were perceived as superficial, while therapists' positive personal qualities were essential.

Ethnic Minorities Living in White Majority Areas are at Higher Risk of Psychosis

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The risk of psychosis for Pakistanis in the UK increases as ethnic density decreases.

Despite Lack of Benefit and Increased Suicidality, FDA Approved Lexapro for Seven-Year-Olds

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A new paper investigates the evidence used by the FDA in its controversial 2023 expansion of escitalopram for young kids with anxiety.

Mind The Psychedelic Hype: A Critical Look at the Rising and Falling Efficacy of...

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As psychedelic treatments for depression gain popularity, a new review warns of potential overestimations in their efficacy and calls for balanced expectations and responsible science communication.

Is HiTOP a Valid Replacement for the DSM?

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Amid dissatisfaction with the DSM, experts debate whether the HiTOP model offers a credible alternative.

Money as Medicine: Rethinking Health Beyond the Clinic

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Eric Reinhart's latest piece in NEJM challenges the clinical focus of American healthcare, advocating for cash transfers and social welfare programs as vital tools to combat health inequities exacerbated by poverty.

Is the Medical Device Industry Downplaying Its Financial Influence on Healthcare?

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Recent findings suggest that the €425 million reported by medical device companies might just be the tip of the iceberg, as an industry-controlled database likely minimizes the scope of financial ties.

Long-Term Benzo Use Linked to Increased Disability

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Despite guidance that the drugs should only be used short-term, about a third of patients indicated long-term benzo use.

Study Reveals Racial and Gender Stereotypes Skew Diagnosis of Childhood Psychopathology

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A recent study finds significant disparities in how psychopathology symptoms are perceived in Black versus White children, with serious implications for treatment and support.

Twin Studies Suggest Childhood Trauma is Major Determinant in Development of Psychiatric Disorders

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New findings challenge traditional views on the origins of mental disorders, revealing the significant role of childhood trauma.

Does Mentalization Drive Healing in Psychotherapy?

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Scholars explore how mentalization, an interpersonal effect of psychotherapy, contributes to mental health and healing.

Australian Study: Childhood Maltreatment Linked to Psychosis Admissions

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Among those who experienced childhood maltreatment, child sexual abuse was most strongly connected to the development of psychosis.
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Researchers: Depression Is “A Normal Brain Responding to Stress or Adversity”

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Moncrieff et al. write, “There is abundant evidence that it is the context of our lives and not the balance of our chemicals that offer the most insight into depression.”

In China, Psychosis Echoes Cultural Narratives: Voices can Comfort and Advise

Voice-hearers in Shanghai find positive messages and guidance in their experiences, challenging Western perceptions of psychosis.

When Medication Changes More Than Symptoms: Antipsychotics’ Effect on Identity

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Recent research reveals how antipsychotic medications can significantly impact users' identity and self-image, challenging existing clinical approaches.

Biomedical Model of Mental Illness Fosters Social Rejection and Stigma, Study Finds

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A new experimental study finds that genetic explanations of psychiatric disorders contribute to social distancing from individuals diagnosed with mental illness.

Youth Mental Health Crisis Driven by Adverse Childhood Experiences

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New research finds adverse childhood experiences are widespread and linked to poor sleep, lower academic achievement, and emotional and behavioral problems.

Antidepressant Trials “Hijacked for Marketing Purposes,” Researchers Say

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About half of the large antidepressant trials are biased enough to be considered “seeding trials,” according to the researchers.

Answers from Outside of Academia: Revealing Community-Based Rehabilitation in the Global South

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A new study reveals the strengths and limitations of community-based mental health initiatives in the Global South.

Indigenous Americans Resist Mainstream Psychology, Promote Alter-Natives

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Indigenous researcher and Harvard psychologist Joe Gone shares his own history to expose the limitations of mainstream psychology.

Adults with Late Diagnosed Autism Seek Identity and Support through the Neurodiversity Movement

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A new study of autistic adults and their support networks post-diagnosis, reveals the crucial role of peer support and the neurodiversity community.

Study Links Prenatal Antipsychotic Exposure to Developmental Delays and ADHD

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A comprehensive review indicates that children exposed to antipsychotics in the womb face an increased risk of ADHD and developmental delays.

Screening for Depression Does Not Improve Outcomes, Even with Targeted Feedback

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A study involving over 8,000 patients challenges the effectiveness of depression screening in primary care settings.

Public Health Programs Unwilling to Address Capitalism as a Fundamental Cause of Health Inequities

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A new article critically examines the shortcomings of a top-ranked public health program, drawing attention to the economic and political structures that impact health.

Long-term Outcomes Better for Those Who Stop Taking Antipsychotics

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Research undermines the prolonged use of antipsychotics in schizophrenia treatment, suggesting improved social functioning and quality of life with discontinuation.

From Self-Label to Self-Sabotage: Identifying with Anxiety Fuels Avoidance Behaviors

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The closer anxiety is to one's self-concept, the greater the likelihood of adopting counterproductive avoidance behaviors.

Polypharmacy Common in Finnish Youth Prescribed Antipsychotics

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A new research study in Finland indicates a concerning rise in polypharmacy among children and adolescents being treated with antipsychotic drugs, highlighting the need for more cautious prescription practices.

Involuntary Treatment: The Legal Battle Over Human Rights in Mental Health

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Fiala-Butora's analysis exposes a rift in mental health laws, challenging Europe to align with broader human rights standards.

Mad Studies Offers Collective Theorizing as Method for Lived Experience Research

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A new article engages with peer support workers and draws from mad studies and post-humanist theories to put forward an activist oriented method for mental health research.

Re-politicizing Trauma: A Narrative Approach to Mental Health in the Heartland

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Researchers propose a transformative strategy that emphasizes the role of narratives and social context in addressing childhood trauma and substance use.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Dramatically Increase Depression Risk

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New research suggests that depressive symptoms may be primarily driven by adverse childhood experiences.

Psychedelic Therapy Research Marred by Methodological Concerns

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Amidst a surge in interest in psychedelic-assisted therapy, a new critique highlights serious methodological flaws, urging for a reevaluation of how these studies are conducted and interpreted.

Screen Time Changes How Parents and Children Communicate

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Exposure to screens at a young age can decrease communication from parents, stunting language learning and development.

Involuntary Treatment of the Unhoused is a Human Rights Violation

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Anne Zimmerman argues that the US has a moral and legal obligation to provide housing and respect the human rights of the homeless.

Understanding the Risks of Psychotherapy: Study Takes a Closer Look at Adverse Events

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A new review of reported adverse events in psychotherapy clinical trials reveals a lack of consistency in assessing harms, making it hard for service users to weigh risks and benefits.

Open-Door Psychiatric Wards Do Not Increase Coercive Practices or Violence

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Service users in open-door inpatient psychiatric wards reported feeling more safe and less coercion than those in treatment-as-usual wards.