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People on antidepressants also tend to have trouble identifying their feelings

Eric Dolan, reporting for PsyPost : “People on antidepressant medication tend to also report experiencing diminished emotional awareness, a condition known as alexithymia, according to a preliminary study published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology . “In my experience, up to 10-20% of clinical…
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The effects of improving sleep on mental health

The full title of this paper – published Sept.  2017 in The Lancet Psychiatry – is “The effects of improving sleep on mental health (OASIS): a randomised controlled trial with mediation analysis”. “Background Sleep difficulties might be a contributory causal factor in the…
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All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence

The  All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prescribed Drug Dependence , in their own words: “… will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence (PDD). Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers….
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Liveable Lives: a summary of recent research on everyday help and kindness

In Liveable Lives, Ilona Haslewood writes : “A smile and ‘good morning’ in passing, taking in a parcel, sitting down and listening over a cup of tea, giving a lift, or babysitting for someone once a week… small acts of help and kindness…
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Drug trials ‘skewed by the pharmaceutical industry,’ GPs say

A report by Laura Donnelly in The Telegraph (June 2017) notes that: “Four in five GPs believe drug trials are skewed by the pharmaceutical industry, amid widespread mistrust in medical research, polling shows. A report by the Academy of Medical Sciences is…
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The biomedical model of mental disorder: A critical analysis of its validity, utility, and effects on psychotherapy research

This article from Brett J. Deacon (University of Wyoming) was published in 2013 in the Clinical Psychology Review . The article’s abstract says: “The biomedical model posits that mental disorders are brain diseases and emphasizes pharmacological treatment to target presumed biological abnormalities. A…
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