How did mental health become so biomedical? The progressive erosion of social determinants in historical psychiatric admission registers

This paper – available via Research Gate in the ‘History of Psychiatry’ category – is co-authored by Fritz Handerer, Peter Kinderman, Carsten Timmermann, and Sara J Tai. The abstract says: “This paper explores the historical developments of admission registers of psychiatric…
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Are antidepressants effective in the treatment of depression in the elderly? A critical umbrella review on reviews, methods, and future perspectives

This umbrella review from Dr. Michael F. Hvidberg has been published in the journal Mental Health Science. The abstract says: “The elderly are currently the most frequent users of antidepressants across ages, despite having a high risk of adverse effects (AEs). This literature…
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Beyond Symptom Reduction: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Gets Empirical Backing

This article by José Giovanni Luiggi-Hernández has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that dives deep into a person’s unconscious thoughts and feelings. It doesn’t just aim to ease symptoms but also foster…
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The art-gallery as a resource for recovery for people who have experienced psychosis

This paper from Susannah Colbert, Anne Cooke, Paul M. Camic, and Neil Springham has been published in The Arts in Psychotherapy. The abstract says: “Dominant personal and community narratives of psychosis can often be experienced as oppressive and stigmatising. An important…
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Expert-by-experience in psychiatric research and abstract science

This 1 hour video come from Sam Fellowes, who says: “‘How the lived experience of experts-by-experience relates to the abstract nature of science’. I consider how we should understand lived experience in psychiatric research given that science involves abstractions which…
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Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper

This article by Joanna Moncrieff and Mark Horowitz has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “We recently published a  paper  finding that the serotonin hypothesis of depression (the idea that depression is caused by low serotonin or reduced serotonin activity)…
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The Tyranny of Time: How Long Does Effective Therapy Really Take?

This article by Jonathan Shedler & Enrico Gnaulati has been published in Psychotherapy Networker. It begins: “It’s been a long time since a systematic study asked clients whether they were actually getting what they needed from their psychotherapy. To be precise,…
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Children and young people’s social prescribing: new evidence review

This review has been published by the National Academy for Social Prescribing. The overview says: “We have published a new evidence review about social prescribing for children and young people, alongside the results of a survey with professionals.  Social prescribing can…
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Trauma-Informed Care and PTMF reduce self-harm, seclusion, and restraint in acute inpatient psychiatric setting

This article by Richard Sears has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that adopting a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approach in inpatient psychiatric settings can significantly reduce self-harm and the use of seclusion…
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Framing depression as a functional signal, not a disease: Rationale and initial randomized controlled trial

This research paper – published in Social Science & Medicine – comes from Hans S. Schroder, Andrew Devendorf, and Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher. “Highlights Depression is often discussed as a medical disorder. This framework has some benefits but also has some drawbacks. We…
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