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From therapeutic landscape to therapeutic ‘sensescape’ experiences with nature? A scoping review

This scoping review has been published in Wellbeing, Space and Society. The abstract says: “The therapeutic landscapes literature has evolved considerably since the concept was first proposed to understand how experiences of health and wellbeing unfold and develop through physical, social and…
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Single-dose psilocybin-assisted therapy in major depressive disorder: A placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomised clinical trial

This research paper has been published in eClinicalMedicine. The summary says: “Background Psilocybin has been suggested as a novel, rapid-acting treatment for depression. Two consecutive doses have been shown to markedly decrease symptom severity in an open-label setting or when compared to…
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Schizophrenia and Genetics: The End of An Illusion

This book comes from Jay Joseph. The publishers say: “Schizophrenia is a widely investigated psychiatric condition, and though there have been claims of gene ”associations,’ decades of molecular genetic studies have failed to produce confirmed causative genes. In this book, Joseph…
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Shamans Among Us: Schizophrenia, Shamanism and the Evolutionary Origins of Religion

This book comes from Joseph Polimeni. The publishers say: “Schizophrenia is one of the most enigmatic human experiences. While it can cause terrible distress, it doesn’t fit the mold of a classic medical disease. In Shamans Among Us, Joseph Polimeni shows…
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Rethinking healthy eating in light of the gut microbiome

The importance of a good diet to mental health and wellbeing is well-established. This paper – published in Cell Host & Microbiome – looks at role played by the gut microbiome and reviews the evidence as to what makes for a…
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Estimating Risk of Antidepressant Withdrawal from a Review of Published Data

This article – from Mark Abie Horowitz, Adele Framer, Michael P. Hengartner, Anders Sørensen & David Taylor – has been published in the journal CNS Drugs. The abstract says: “Adaptation of the brain to the presence of a drug predicts withdrawal…
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And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America

This article by Leah Harris has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams  announced  his administration’s 11-point  legislative agenda , which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws…
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The Effectiveness of an Intensive Inpatient Psychotherapy Program for Chronic Depression: A naturalistic comparison with wait list

This paper has been published by BMC Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Background Patients with chronic depression (CD) typically have an early symptom onset, more psychiatric comorbidities, more treatment attempts, and more frequent and longer inpatient hospitalizations than patients with major depressive…
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