Social connectedness and mental health: measures and conceptual framework

ihor-malytskyi-417379-unsplash

Jingyi Wang summarises a recent systematic review and narrative synthesis, which proposes a conceptual framework for social connectedness and mental health.

[read the full story...]

Mental health stigma in schools: helping young people access support

banter-snaps-12845-unsplash

Lucinda Powell considers a recent systematic review of qualitative evidence on stigma related to targeted school-based mental health interventions. The review provides some interesting findings and useful strategies, given the recent UK government announcement that they are backing plans to make specialist mental health provision available in schools.

[read the full story...]

The impact of facial scarring: routinely assess for affective distress

monument-412941_1280

Andrew Thompson writes his debut blog on a recent systematic review that explores the associations linking facial scarring (largely caused by assaults or burn injuries) to depression and anxiety.

[read the full story...]

Improving antidepressant outcomes: what works for whom and why?

rawpixel-792222-unsplash

Thalia Eley and Gerome Breen explore a new systematic meta-review of predictors of antidepressant treatment outcome in depression, which looks at clinical and demographic variables, but also biomarkers including both genetic and neuroimaging data.

[read the full story...]

Adverse effects of psychotherapy for depression: new meta-analysis looks at deterioration rates

riccardo-mion-584741-unsplash

Edel Mc Glanaghy reacquaints us with the negative effects of psychotherapies for adult depression, through an impressive new meta-analysis of trials that measure deterioration rates in patients receiving psychotherapy compared with controls.

[read the full story...]

What causes emotional blunting in people taking antidepressants? Results from a survey

joshua-k-jackson-417419

Linda Gask looks at a recent survey of people with depression that explores their experiences of emotional blunting. The research finds that nearly half of depressed patients on antidepressants report significant emotional blunting, but it’s impossible to say whether this is caused by their medication or the depression itself.

[read the full story...]