How does age at onset affect outcomes in schizophrenia?

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Geoff Davies publishes his debut elf blog about a recent systematic review and meta-analysis looking at age at onset and the outcomes of schizophrenia.

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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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Antidepressants for depression in Alzheimer’s Disease

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The EQUATOR Publication School #EQPubSchool group summarise a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy of antidepressants for depression in Alzheimer’s Disease, which finds no statistical difference between antidepressants and placebo.

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Mindfulness based therapy: does (home) practice make perfect?

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Elena Marcus reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis of participants’ mindfulness practice and its association with outcomes, which found a small but significant association between practice and outcomes.

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Digital interventions for PTSD: meta-analysis suggests they may reduce symptoms

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Jazz Croft publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of digital interventions to treat the symptoms of post traumatic stress.

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Mindfulness for young people: to meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse?

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Sarah McDonald and André Tomlin consider another meta-analysis of mindfulness in young people, which finds “small effect sizes on a range of outcomes”. They conclude that we badly need more RCTs that reliably evaluate the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of mindfulness in young people.

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Digital interventions for stress: do they live up to their alleged potential?

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Josefien Breedvelt is encouraged by the findings of a recent systematic review of Internet-based and computer-based interventions for stress, which provides a positive case for offering stress management on a large scale.

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Prevention of eating disorders: where do we start?

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Sarah McDonald is impressed by this new systematic review of universal, selective and indicated prevention for eating disorders.

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Psychosocial interventions for negative symptoms in psychosis

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Rachel Upthegrove reviews a new systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological and psychosocial interventions for negative symptoms in psychosis.

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

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