Time to stop prescribing antidepressants to young people with depression?


Andrew Shepherd considers the implications of a recent network meta-analysis of the efficacy and tolerability of antidepressants for children and adolescents with depression.

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iCBT may be an effective treatment for PTSD


André Tomlin explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Exercise in severe mental illness: barriers and motivating factors

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Joanne Wallace considers a recent systematic review of exercise in severe mental illness, which focuses on the factors that motivate people to exercise, and the barriers that can prevent physical activity.

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Fitness to practice: exercise for depression in adolescents


Dave Steele warms up for the winter triathlon season by reading a new systematic review on the effect of exercise on depressive symptoms in adolescents.

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Supported employment for people with severe mental illness


Raphael Underwood highlights a recent international systematic review of individual placement and support for people with serious mental illness who are seeking to return to work.

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What is the evidence for evidence-based guidelines?


Andrew Shepherd returns to the woodland with a blog about the evidence-practice gap in specialist mental healthcare; highlighting a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of guideline implementation studies.

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Maternal anxiety disorders in the postnatal period: what do we know?


Janes Iles and Annette Eneberi summarise a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of current research evidence on anxiety disorders and their prevalence amongst postpartum women.

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Adding antidepressants to antipsychotics in schizophrenia: do they work, for what, and are they safe?


Alex Langford explores the emerging findings from a recent meta-analysis looking at the efficacy and safety of antidepressants added to antipsychotics for people with schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis.

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Psychotherapy for depression: enhancing positive and reducing negative affect?


Carla McEnery publishes her debut Mental Elf blog on a recent systematic review, which looks at the effect of psychotherapies on positive affect and negative affect in depression.

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Acupuncture for mild cognitive impairment: rubbish in, rubbish out


Edzard Ernst shines a light on the unfounded claims presented in a meta-analysis published today on acupuncture for amnestic mild cognitive impairment.

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