collaborative practice

Antidepressant withdrawal should be taken seriously – we’re investigating ways to help people come off the pills

This article from Mark Horowitz, Joanna Moncrieff and Katharine Wallis has been published by The Conversation. It begins: “Misinformation about antidepressants  is rife  and is probably fuelling their rise in use. Chief among these false ideas are: Antidepressant withdrawal effects are mild and…
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Time-dependent effect of antipsychotic discontinuation and dose reduction on social functioning and subjective quality of life–a multilevel meta-analysis

This study has been published in eClinicalMedicine (part of The Lancet Discovery Science) The summary says: “Background Meta-analyses indicate superiority of antipsychotic maintenance treatment over discontinuation within up to 24 months after treatment initiation for patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. In terms…
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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.“ This report by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Antipsychotics…
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Mindfulness as Effective as Antidepressant for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

This report from Richard Sears has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “A new article published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is as effective in treating anxiety disorders as the antidepressant escitalopram. According to the current…
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Beyond Police and Psychiatrists: Chicago’s Plan to Transform Community Mental Health

“From Jacobin: ‘Police violence and lack of access to essential care services have emerged as twinned hallmarks of American life. In a nation in which people with unmet mental health needs are 16 times more likely to be killed by police,…
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Exercise that could beat depression revealed by scientists and may be prescribed by GPs

Martin Bagot reports for The Mirror: “Just one yoga session a week can tackle depression symptoms and could be prescribed by GPs, scientists say. The clinical trial, involving 80 adults with moderate-to-severe  depression , found 44 percent of those in the  yoga  groups…
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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.“ This report by Dr. José Giovanni Luiggi-Hernández has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “A recent study published in Psychotherapy suggests that Intensive…
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Trauma informed care on acute inpatient units: reducing self harm and restrictive practices

This research article by Kirsten Lawson has been published on The Mental Elf website. It begins: “The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) is now 4 years old and within it there was laid out a 10-year plan for mental health services to be…
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Expanding the social cure: a mixed-methods approach exploring the role of online group dance as support for young people (aged 16–24) living with anxiety

This research article has been published by Frontiers. It begins: “There is an increased interest in whether online arts interventions support mental health and social connections. This study explored eight weeks of online group dance as support for young people (aged 16–24)…
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