Suicide Rates and Prescription of Antidepressants

This study by Simone Amendola, Martin Plöderl, and Michael P. Hengartner has been published by Crisis (The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention). The abstract says: “Background: Previous ecological studies reported that increasing antidepressant prescriptions were associated with decreasing suicide rates. …
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Watchful waiting for depression using depathologization, advice and shared decision making

Highlights: Watchful waiting was shown to be an effective first line of treatment for non-suicidal patients with depressive symptoms Patients already arrive with expectations so depathologization should be addressed Expectation of pharmacotherapy before the arrival was the main driver of…
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Probiotics for adults with major depressive disorder compared with antidepressants: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

This review has been published in the journal Oxford Academic. The abstract says: “Context: Despite recent advances in antidepressants in treating major depression (MDD), their usage is marred by adverse effects and social stigmas. Probiotics may be an efficacious adjunct or…
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Undisclosed financial conflicts of interest in DSM-5-TR: cross sectional analysis

This study has been published in the British Medical Journal. The abstract says: “Objective: To assess the extent and types of financial ties to industry of panel and task force members of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,…
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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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Conflicts of interest in clinical guidelines, advisory committee reports, opinion pieces, and narrative reviews: associations with recommendations

“This study has been published in the Cochrane Database Syst Rev. The abstract says: “Background Treatment and diagnostic recommendations are often made in clinical guidelines, reports from advisory committee meetings, opinion pieces such as editorials, and narrative reviews. Quite often, the…
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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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The relationship between harsh parenting and adolescent depression

This research paper has been published by the National Library of Medicine. The abstract says: “Guided by Beck’s cognitive model of depression, this study comprehensively explores the mechanisms linking harsh parenting, rumination, and victimization to the development of adolescent depression. A total…
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Adverse childhood experiences: a meta-analysis of prevalence and moderators among half a million adults in 206 studies

This paper has been published in World Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including maltreatment and family dysfunction, is a major contributor to the global burden of disease and disability. With a large body of international literature on…
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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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