CBT for treating and preventing perinatal depression

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Sarah McDonald appraises a systematic review of CBT for treating and preventing perinatal depression. The meta-analysis finds that, when compared to control conditions, CBT resulted in significant reductions in depressive symptoms in both treatment and prevention studies.

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CBT for substance misuse in young people

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Eleanor Kennedy summarises a Campbell systematic review of CBT for substance misuse in young people in outpatient treatment, which is inconclusive in terms of CBT being more or less effective than other therapies.

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Alcohol use confounds the relationship between cannabis use and conversion to psychosis

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Kathryn Walsh presents a study of ‘high risk’ young people, which found that cannabis abuse or dependence significantly increased the risk of conversion to psychosis. The research also found that alcohol use weakened the relationship between cannabis use and conversion to psychosis.

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Dose equivalents of antidepressants: standardising prescribing between different drugs

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Andrew Shepherd summarises a meta-analysis, which looks at the dose equivalents of antidepressants by bringing together data from 83 trials of 23 different antidepressants.

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Coping with the avalanche of evidence-based mental health research

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Douglas Badenoch and André Tomlin present the results of their own literature review and information science study, which investigates the challenges facing anyone trying to keep up to date with reliable research. They explain how their work mobilizing a community of research-savvy bloggers, is breaking down these barriers and opening up new avenues for disseminating the best available evidence to those who need it.

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The effect of smoke-free psychiatric hospitals on smoking behaviour: more evidence needed

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Olivia Maynard appraises a recent systematic review, which investigates the impact of smoke-free psychiatric hospitals on patients’ motivations to quit and smoking behaviour.

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#ElfieSelfie Show your love for the Mental Elf

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There is great excitement in the woodland right now as we prepare for the relaunch of the Mental Elf and the official launch of the new National Elf Service website on Wed 20th May. So what better time to show your support for the elves by posting your #ElfieSelfie?

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