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

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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.

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Gamification for health and wellbeing

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Sasha Danilina publishes her debut blog about a recent literature review on the effectiveness of gamification applied to health and wellbeing.

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Cannabis: what do we know and what do we need to know?

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Ian Hamilton considers a recent literature review published in JAMA Psychiatry, which explores the effects of cannabis use on human behaviour, Including cognition, motivation and psychosis.

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What motivates patients to seek orthognathic treatment?

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Satisfaction with orthognathic treatment for dentofacial deformity is generally high. However, an important minority of patients are dissatisfied with the outcome, often despite technically good results.  The aims of this study were to qualitatively explore and analyse the full range of impacts of dentofacial deformity, and to understand patients’ motivations for seeking orthognathic treatment. The [read the full story…]

Study findings challenge view that children with Down syndrome lack motivation.

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This study looked at 33 children with Down syndrome aged between 10–15 years along with a group of 33 typically developing 3–8 year-old children. The study authors measured motivation through observational assessments of curiosity, preference for challenge, and persistence, and also took reports from the children’s mothers. They found no significant group differences on motivation tasks. [read the full story…]