Peter Simons

Searching for the “Psychiatric Yeti”: Schizophrenia Is Not Genetic

This report by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The decades-long attempt to locate the gene or genes for schizophrenia has failed, according to  a new article in Psychiat r ic Research  by prominent schizophrenia researcher E. Fuller Torrey. In the article, Torrey reviews…
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ADHD Tests Lead to Mass Overdiagnosis, Researchers Warn

This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “ADHD rating scales and screening measures lead to a high number of people inappropriately diagnosed with ADHD, according to a study in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Specifically, the…
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The Serotonin Zombie: Authors of New Study Try to Breathe New Life into the Dead

Peter Simons reports for Mad in the UK: “In June, Joanna Moncrieff and others had appeared to put the final dagger into the low serotonin theory of depression (the so-called ;chemical imbalance’ theory). They reviewed fifty years of research into the…
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Do not prescribe antidepressants for mild to moderate depression or at first visit

This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “In a new article in World Psychiatry, researchers suggest doctors shouldn’t be so quick to hand out antidepressants. They focus on primary care, which is where most…
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JAMA Psychiatry: No evidence that psychiatric treatments produce “successful outcomes”

This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “In a viewpoint piece published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers write that there is no evidence that psychiatric interventions lead to ‘successful’ outcomes. Successful outcomes, they write, include…
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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.“ This report by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “ In a new article in Lancet Psychiatry
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Researchers question the foundational assumptions of neuropsychology

This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “Why does psychology struggle so much to achieve meaningful findings? In what has been termed the  “replication crisis,”  psychology’s much-hyped positive findings typically  fail to replicate  in  later studies , leaving uncertainty about…
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