Antidepressants, autism diagnosis & self-harm #ElfNuggets – Oct 2021

Welcome to our first ever #ElfNuggets show!

This show will:

  • Help mental health practitioners keep up to date with the latest reliable research that they can use in practice
  • Each month we will discuss three recent studies that we’ve blogged about on the Mental Elf, which our panel think we should be using in practice

In this episode we discuss:

  • Antidepressants for young people with anxiety or depression
  • Autism and how a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can affect people
  • What young people who self-harm think of the help and support they get in primary care

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Our expert panel

Chair: André Tomlin, Founder, The Mental Elf

Carrie-Ann Black, Mental Health Nurse from Yorkshire, CAMHS Research and Implementation Nurse Lead in South London. Carrie-Ann’s job is all about building research capacity and capability across the mental health nurse workforce

Emmeline Lagunes-Cordoba, Psychiatrist from Mexico, where she trained in general adult psychiatry and psychotherapy. Emmeline moved to the UK in 2013 to do a PhD in mental health stigma at KCL. She now works in a crisis team in North London

Becca Read, Clinical Psychologist from Leicestershire. Becca recently completed her clinical psychology doctorate. Now working in the Recovery and Support Team in Richmond

General examples of using evidence in every day mental health practice

Carrie-Ann talks about a paper that was a catalyst for reviewing physical health needs on her CAMHS inpatient unit.
Carney R, Firth J, Pedley R, Law H, Parker S, Lovell K. The clinical and behavioral cardiometabolic risk of children and young people on mental health inpatient units: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2021;70:80-97. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.03.007

Becca talks about a paper that helped her and her early intervention in psychosis team colleagues think through the feelings of disengagement felt by young people in their service and how they could respond:
Davidson L, Roe D, Andres-Hyman R, Ridgway P. Applying stages of change models to recovery from serious mental illness: contributions and limitations. Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2010;47(3):213-21. PMID: 21149986.

Emmeline talks about a meta-analysis that she used when choosing medication to treat a patient:
Taylor, DM, Cornelius, V, Smith, L, Young, AH. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of drug treatments for bipolar depression: a multiple-treatments meta-analysis. Acta-Psych-Scand 2014

The world wide woodland

Emmeline talks about an article in The Guardian about the pandemic and psychosis

Becca talks about a BBC news story on Individual Placement and Support

Carrie Ann talks about a new report from The Wellcome Trust about an international survey on anxiety and depression

Elf Nuggets – science making a difference in mental health

Emmeline talks about antidepressants in young people

Becca talks about autism diagnosis and misdiagnosis

Carrie-Ann talks about self-harm in young people

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