Treatment is uncommon for common mental disorders

photo-1422565167033-dec8fad92aba

Suzanne Dash reviews a cross-sectional study of the prevalence and treatment of common mental disorders in the English national population, which inspires her to host a mental health epidemiology quiz. Fingers on buzzers…

[read the full story...]

IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?

2701753359_1b8ef6a8d6_b

Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

[read the full story...]

Psychiatric disorders: what’s the significance of non-random mating?

7960674098_2070f1fe64_b

Marcus Munafo considers the implications of a recent Swedish population study, which explores patterns of non-random mating within and across 11 major psychiatric disorders.

[read the full story...]

Perinatal mental health difficulties: does the internet have the answer?

3731589418_c76d5b51df_b

Jane Iles summarises a recent systematic review of digital interventions for perinatal mental health, which highlights a mixed bag of heterogeneous studies in this field.

[read the full story...]

Cannabis and mental illness: it’s complicated!

9682828741_fb4d35f165_k

Suzi Gage considers the findings of a big new US cohort study, which investigates the relationship between cannabis use and various substance use, mood and anxiety disorders.

The blog also features a podcast interview with Suzi Gage talking about this new study and her own work in this field, plus a short conversation with Ian Hamilton highlighting his forthcoming #CannabisMatters event.

[read the full story...]

Implementation intentions: helping people achieve their goals

3500171739_3a41443b32_b

Alan Underwood highlights a new meta-analysis, which suggests that people with mental health problems can benefit if they are prompted to form if-then plans, which specify when, where and how they will achieve their goals.

[read the full story...]

Virtual reality as a treatment for persecutory delusions

14957020577_eb63ec69d5_o

Suzanne Dash considers the findings of a promising new small randomised controlled trial, which aims to reduce delusional conviction in people with schizophrenia who experience persecutory delusions.

[read the full story...]

The harms of psychotherapy: are BME and LGBT communities more at risk?

532076662_e80dbd8ec1_o

Keith Laws and Samei Huda mull over a recent national survey looking at patients experiences of the harms of psychotherapy. The study reports that both black and minority ethnic people and lesbian, gay and bisexual people reported higher rates of long-lasting negative effects of psychotherapy.

[read the full story...]

Psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities: the views and experiences of IAPT practitioners

A vulnerable person speaking with a counsellor

Reed Cappleman critiques a recent study of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Treatments) practitioners’ experiences of providing therapy to people with intellectual disabilities.

[read the full story...]

Collaborative care for depression: acceptable, effective and affordable

364375415_bbc9b74c4e_o

Ben Hannigan writes his debut blog on the CADET cluster RCT, which investigates the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of collaborative care for depression in UK primary care.

[read the full story...]