Polypharmacy for major depression: is practice evidence-based?

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Jessica Bone reports on a recent cross-sectional study that looks at the clinical correlates of augmentation/combination treatment strategies in major depressive disorder.

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Family therapy for adolescent self-harm: SHIFT trial says it doesn’t reduce hospital visits and isn’t cost-effective

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Udita Iyengar and Dennis Ougrin consider the findings of the SHIFT trial, which explored the effectiveness of systemic family therapy versus treatment as usual for young people after self-harm.

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People with severe mental illness have more adverse outcomes from medical or surgical treatment

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Laoise Renwick considers the findings of a recent systematic review on the safety of service users with severe mental illness receiving inpatient care on medical and surgical wards.

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The long view: what has really changed with recovery?

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Simon Bradstreet explores a recent qualitative study looking at 20 years in the lives of a group of 20 people with psychosis in Ireland. The research provides evidence on the pros and cons of the adoption of recovery-based approaches from people who are uniquely placed to provide a long-term view.

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Staff training to improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient wards

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Danielle Lamb writes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT that investigates how staff training can improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient care.

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Preventing mental health problems: what can we do?

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Josefien Breedvelt explores a brand new review looking at preventive strategies for mental health problems, published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Man Up: using social media to tackle male suicide

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Jonny Benjamin blogs about a recent evaluation of the Australian Man Up multimedia campaign, which aimed to influence the online conversation about masculinity and suicide.

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Beyond thought and behaviour: is psychosis more than a brain disorder? 

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Shuichi Suetani writes his debut elf blog on a new meta-review that asks: Is psychosis a multisystem disorder? This blog explores central nervous system, immune, cardiometabolic, and endocrine alterations in first-episode psychosis and perspective on potential models.

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What do we know about women, cannabis and psychosis?

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Ian Hamilton and Suzi Gage explain why we know so little about the relationship between cannabis and severe mental illness in women.

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CBT may help to improve emotion regulation in children with autism

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James Cusack from Autistica writes his debut elf blog on a new RCT of CBT to improve emotion regulation in children with autism, published recently in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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