Theo Kyriacou and Andie Ashdown explore a recent systematic review that brings together two decades of research, which suggests that digital health interventions for anxiety disorders may be a more effective alternative to inactive controls, such as waiting-list groups.[read the full story...]
Changing the game: how virtual reality treatment can help people with psychotic disorders get back into the world
Imogen Bell summarises the gameChangeVR trial of virtual reality for agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis.[read the full story...]
Diagnostic labels: helpful or harmful?
In her debut blog, Carla Kundert explores a systematic review which looks at how diagnostic labels affect social responses to people with mental illness.[read the full story...]
Revenge porn and social anxiety: how can we help victims? #SaferInternetDay
In her debut blog, Katie Masters summarises recent qualitative research, which finds that victims of ‘revenge porn’ can experience symptoms of social anxiety.[read the full story...]
IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?
Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.[read the full story...]
Psychiatric disorders: what’s the significance of non-random mating?
Marcus Munafo considers the implications of a recent Swedish population study, which explores patterns of non-random mating within and across 11 major psychiatric disorders.[read the full story...]
Lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders in people with bipolar disorder
Alan Underwood appraises a recent meta-analysis that finds anxiety disorders are three times more common in people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.[read the full story...]
CBT is more cost-effective than SSRI alone as treatment for panic disorder
In addition to its impact on quality of life, panic disorder can have a number of costly consequences such as lost productivity – particularly if also associated with agoraphobia. Cost-effectiveness is therefore an important consideration in choosing the optimal treatment for panic disorder, which might improve value via the cost side of the equation. A recent [read the full story…]
New evidence update from NICE on common mental disorders
The NICE guideline on common mental disorders (PDF) was published back in May 2011, which means that it only included evidence published up until the end of 2010. This is a fast moving field, so NICE have now put out an evidence update, which focuses on new evidence published from Sept 2010 to Oct 2012. This [read the full story…]