Battle of the meta-analyses: is CBT becoming less effective over time?

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Suzanne Dash explores a recent meta-analysis that looks again at RCTs of cognitive behavioural therapy for depression, to ascertain whether or not the effects of CBT are systematically falling over time.

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Depression in later life: who benefits most from antidepressants plus exercise?

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Linda Gask explores an RCT of physical exercise for depression in later life, which considers the best way to customise the intervention for primary care.

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Probiotics for depression: robust and compelling evidence?

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A team from the Centre for Affective Disorders at King’s College London appraise a new systematic review on probiotics for depression, which claims to have found robust and compelling evidence that these supplements can alleviate depressive symptoms.

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CBT may help reduce anxiety and depression in people with diabetes, but standardised approach needed

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Ben Perry explores the findings of a recent systematic review looking at the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy on glycaemic control and psychological outcomes in adults with diabetes.

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Exercise and iCBT for depression: how do ‘alternative’ treatments compare to usual care?

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Bethan Davies publishes her debut blog on a recent Swedish RCT of exercise and internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression.

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Two-question screening for depression in older adults

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Andrew Sommerlad reviews a new systematic review and meta-analysis and asks: Can two questions identify depression in older people?

This is the second in a new series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Diet and depression: can we eat our way out of clinical depression? The ‘SMILES’ trial

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Murtada Alsaif chews over the SMILES RCT of dietary improvement for adults with major depression, which reports encouraging results for healthy diet in people with depression.

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Use of mental health services may reduce adolescent depression

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Jess Bone publishes her debut blog on a recent longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the reduction in adolescent depression after contact with mental health services.

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Antecedents of depression in children and young people

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Emily Stapley summarises a recent 4-year longitudinal study of the antecedents of new-onset major depressive disorder in children and adolescents at high familial risk.

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Work can make you mentally ill, but we still have a lot to learn about the links between employment and mental health

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Chris O’Sullivan explores a recent systematic meta-review of work-related risk factors for common mental health problems.

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