In his debut blog, Stephen Schueller critiques a study of ‘user-adjusted’ analyses, which aims to describe the content of mental health apps that are actually reaching people.[read the full story...]
Behavioural activation for depression and anxiety in young people #ActiveIngredientsMH
Kanika Malik appraises a recent systematic review relating to her own Wellcome Trust funded research on behavioural activation for youth mental health problems.[read the full story...]
Passive sedentary behaviours increase the risk of depression in adults
Susie Rudge highlights a recent paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry which suggests that people with depression should be encouraged to replace passive sedentary behaviours with mentally active ones for the best possible chance of symptom improvement.[read the full story...]
A review of Dementia Friendly Communities in England
Remco Tuijt writes his debut blog and summarises a recent scoping study on dementia friendly communities in England: what they are and what they want to achieve.[read the full story...]
Can a ‘personalised psychosocial toolbox’ help people reduce ‘on-top’ drug use during opioid substitution treatment?
Vicky Carlisle summarises a promising recent RCT on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an adjunctive personalised psychosocial intervention in treatment-resistant maintenance opioid agonist therapy.[read the full story...]
Psychotherapy for adult depression: is it as good as it’s cracked up to be?
Ellie Gant summarises a meta-analysis that asks: Was Eysenck right after all? A reassessment of the effects of psychotherapy for adult depression. The paper suggests that we seriously overestimate the benefits of psychotherapy by including biased trials in meta-analyses, and that there’s insufficient reliable research to be certain about the effectiveness of problem-solving therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and behavioural activation.[read the full story...]
Brief behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression
Mona Jones publishes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT of brief behavioural therapy for paediatric anxiety and depression in primary care.[read the full story...]
Collaborative care may help older adults with subthreshold depression: CASPER trial
Ben Hannigan summarises the new CASPER trial of collaborative care versus usual care for older adults with subthreshold depression.[read the full story...]
Behavioural activation not inferior to CBT for depression: the COBRA RCT
Ioana Cristea appraises the recently published COBRA randomised controlled trial, which concludes that behavioural activation is non-inferior to cognitive behavioural therapy for depression, and may offer significant cost savings.
This blog also features a podcast interview with the lead author: Professor David Richards from Exeter University.[read the full story...]
Perinatal mental health difficulties: does the internet have the answer?
Jane Iles summarises a recent systematic review of digital interventions for perinatal mental health, which highlights a mixed bag of heterogeneous studies in this field.[read the full story...]