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Beginning Treatment with Jonathan Shedler, PhD

The producers of this video say: “Dr. Jonathan Shedler is well known for his work on the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. He has highlighted the importance of the initial phase of therapy in establishing a foundation for successful treatment. Dr….
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ADHD may have been an evolutionary advantage, research suggests

This report by Nicola Davis has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “Traits common to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as distractibility or impulsivity, might have been an evolutionary advantage for our ancestors by improving their tactics when foraging…
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Why do patients want medication free treatment for psychosis? An explorative study on reasons for applying to medication free programs

This research paper from Elisabeth C. Klæbo Reitan, Valentina C. Iversen, Henriette Riley, and Anne Høye has been published in BMC Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Background A focus on patient’s and service user’s perspectives regarding long-term antipsychotic treatment led to a declaration…
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Suicide Rates and Prescription of Antidepressants

This study by Simone Amendola, Martin Plöderl, and Michael P. Hengartner has been published by Crisis (The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention). The abstract says: “Background: Previous ecological studies reported that increasing antidepressant prescriptions were associated with decreasing suicide rates. …
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Watchful waiting for depression using depathologization, advice and shared decision making

Highlights: Watchful waiting was shown to be an effective first line of treatment for non-suicidal patients with depressive symptoms Patients already arrive with expectations so depathologization should be addressed Expectation of pharmacotherapy before the arrival was the main driver of…
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