cCBT for people with learning disabilities: Pesky gNATs #MHNR2017

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Leen Vereenooghe presents the results of an RCT of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for people with learning disabilities, featuring the computer game “Pesky gNATs: The Feel Good Island”.

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Genetics of depression: risk factors and protective factors

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Marcus Munafò reports on a new genome-wide association study that identifies 44 risk variants and helps us to further refine the genetic architecture of major depressive disorder.

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Physical activity and depression: new review confirms high levels of sedentary behaviour

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Tayla McCloud summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, which found that more than two-thirds of people with depression did not comply with the recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

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Does cannabis influence depression?

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Rob Allison and Ian Hamilton summarise a recent retrospective twin cohort study that explores the links between cannabis use and depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

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CBT versus counselling for depression: it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it

CBT led to significant and modest improvements in subjective QoL and HRQoL from pre- to post-treatment and follow-up.

Mark Smith channels Ella Fitzgerald whilst reviewing evidence from the 2nd UK National Audit of psychological therapies, which compares CBT and generic counselling in the treatment of depression.

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Ecological momentary interventions: smartphones have changed everything and here’s how digital mental health might begin to catch up

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Mark Brown is feeling positive about the digital future on mental health after reviewing a new paper about ecological momentary interventions for depression and anxiety.

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Memory lane: the road to recovery in depression?

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Becci Strawbridge explores a prospective cohort study that looks at variation in the recall of socially rewarding information and depressive symptom severity.

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Investigating the link between loneliness and sleep quality in young people

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Ahmed Al-Shihabi and Farhana Mann report on a recent twin study that explores the links between loneliness and sleep quality in young adults.

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Trajectories of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents

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Jess Bone on a systematic review of longitudinal studies, which explores the different trajectories of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, and the factors that might help predict or protect young people.

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Preventing postnatal depression: let’s ask service users and service providers!

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Belinda Platt publishes her debut blog on a recent qualitative systematic review about the perceptions and experiences of interventions aimed at preventing postnatal depression.

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