Facing our inner voices: AVATAR therapy for auditory hallucinations in people with psychosis

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Joe Barnby summarises a recent RCT in The Lancet Psychiatry of AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis.

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Insomnia, paranoia and hallucinations: Sleepio CBTi at the OASIS


Jack Barton publishes his debut elf blog on the huge OASIS randomised controlled trial, which explores the effects that improved sleep can have on our mental health.

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It’s a jungle out there: the natural history of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia


Caroline Struthers scrutinises a systematic review on the longitudinal course of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation for schizophrenia


Joanne Wallace considers the findings of a new Cochrane systematic review on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for schizophrenia.

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CBT for insomnia in people with active psychotic symptoms


Sarah McDonald appraises the Better Sleep Trial (BEST), a pilot RCT which shows that CBT may be a promising treatment for insomnia in people with active psychotic symptoms.

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Are psychotic symptoms predictive of suicide attempts?


Over the past several years, there has been a lively academic debate about what it means to have psychotic symptoms. Although these symptoms (most commonly auditory hallucinations) can be part of the expression of a psychotic illness, on their own they are neither necessary nor sufficient for a diagnosis. In fact, researchers from many countries [read the full story…]

Simulated hallucinations increase empathy towards people with schizophrenia, but also increase the desire for social distance

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It’s well documented that people with severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, suffer from stigmatisation on a regular basis. Stigma can be caused by ignorance or a lack of knowledge about a disease. As the actress Shirley Maclaine once said: Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. Researchers have developed a number [read the full story…]