Family support and parenting interventions for youth anxiety and depression in low and middle income countries #ActiveIngredientsMH

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In their debut blog, Zill-e-Huma & colleagues explore a systematic review finding family interventions beneficial for child anxiety and depression in low and middle income countries.

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Exposure to air pollution increases mental health service use, according to new UK study

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Wajeeha Raza and Peter Coventry review a retrospective cohort study exploring the association between air pollution exposure and mental health service use among individuals with first presentations of psychotic and mood disorders.

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Hidden from the world: Out of area hospital placements for people diagnosed with personality disorder #NoOOA

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Andy Bell summarises a new BIGSPD report on out-of-area placements for people with a personality disorder published today, which confirms that discriminatory treatment of people diagnosed with personality disorders is costly both to the people concerned and their families and to the health and care system.

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Why don’t people receive a psychosocial assessment in emergency departments after self-harm?

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Amelia Talbot looks at a recent qualitative study of patient and carer perspectives, which explores the reasons why some patients do not receive a psychosocial assessment in emergency departments following self-harm.

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Lamotrigine in the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder

Lamotrigine, an anticonvulsant drug, is licensed in the United States for the maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder and in the UK to prevent depressive episodes in bipolar disorder. Hashimoto and colleagues (2021) performed a Cochrane Intervention Review to explore whether lamotrigine is effective and safe compared to the most established maintenance treatment, lithium, and placebo.

Michael Ostacher critically appraises and summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review, which presents the latest best evidence on the efficacy of lamotrigine in the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder.

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“It’s like putting a penguin on the floor”: what can the perspectives of youth with autism teach us about social inclusion? #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Xanthe Hunt and Jason Bantjes consider the perspectives of autistic young people affected by social exclusion, and present early findings from their new active ingredients review which looks at the role of social inclusion interventions in improving adolescent mental health.

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Why doesn’t parent involvement help treat children with anxiety?

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In her debut blog, Jeanne Wolstencroft summarises a systematic review finding that parental involvement in therapy doesn’t help treat children with anxiety.

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Supporting the supporters: peer support in early intervention in psychosis

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In her debut blog, Natalie Kashirsky explores a qualitative study finding valuable mechanisms of peer support in early intervention in psychosis services.

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Infrastructures fit for purpose? The complex challenges in sharing mental health data

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Louise Arsenault provides a fascinating overview on the challenges and complexities of sharing mental health data in the UK.

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