Ayahuasca-induced increases in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF) associated with reduced depression

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Pascal Immanuel Michael summarises a recent RCT, which looks at how a single dose of the psychedelic Ayahuasca may help people with severe depression who have not benefited from more traditional treatment.

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Home is where the therapist is: home-based family therapy for conduct disorder in young adolescents

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Akansha Naraindas summarises the findings of a small qualitative study of home-based family therapy for conduct disorder in teenagers.

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The ‘syndemics’ theory: a better explanation for ethnic disparities in the incidence and prevalence of psychosis?

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Today Bibire Baykeens looks into ethnic disparities in psychotic experiences explained by area-level syndemic effects; a brand new paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Alexithymia and suicide: can we find the right words to help each other?

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Hilary Norman summarises a novel systematic review and meta-analysis, which explores the relationship between alexithymia and suicide ideation and behaviour.

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Media reporting of suicide: do we need more than guidelines?

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Anna Sri summarises a recent systemic review and meta-analysis led by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, which explores the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour in the community; a phenomenon known as the Werther effect.

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Conspiracy theories and coronavirus: one in four people “endorse unequivocally false ideas about the pandemic”

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Ian Cummins considers the findings of a survey study published in May 2020 on coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England.

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Home treatment by crisis resolution teams can prevent hospital admission, according to Swiss research

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Emmeline Lagunes Cordoba and Magdalena Skowronska review a recent Swiss RCT, which found that crisis resolution teams led to fewer hospital days per patient, but did not prevent hospital admission entirely.

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Mental health services for medical students: are specialist university-based student mental health services the answer?

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Penelope Stavrou summarises a recent study on mental health services for medical students, which evaluates a clinical student mental health service in Cambridge.

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Enhanced CBT for eating disorders: new review suggests it’s no more effective than other treatments, but it may act faster

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Georgie Parker summarises a recent systematic review which finds that enhanced CBT is an effective treatment for eating disorders, but no more effective than other treatments. However, some research suggests that CBT-E may act quicker and therefore be most cost effective than other treatments.

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Digital interventions for suicidal thinking: a tale of two reviews

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In his debut blog, Wouter van Ballegooijen summarises two recent systematic reviews on digital interventions for suicidal thinking, which include more or less the same research, but come to quite different conclusions.

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