Imogen Bell summarises the gameChangeVR trial of virtual reality for agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis.[read the full story...]
Is virtual reality the future of schizophrenia spectrum therapy?
Stefanie Sturm blogs a systematic review which finds sparse, but promising support for the use of virtual reality to treat schizophrenia spectrum disorder.[read the full story...]
SlowMo: an app to improve thinking biases in people experiencing paranoia
Imogen Bell blogs about a recent randomised controlled trial of the SlowMo app, which aimed to slow down thinking patterns and correct interpretation biases in people experiencing paranoia.[read the full story...]
Conspiracy theories and coronavirus: one in four people “endorse unequivocally false ideas about the pandemic”
Ian Cummins considers the findings of a survey study published in May 2020 on coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England.[read the full story...]
Loneliness and the psychosis continuum: can loneliness be a target for mental health services?
Laurie Hare-Duke writes his debut elf blog on a recent meta-analysis on loneliness and the psychosis continuum, which finds that loneliness is associated with both positive and negative psychotic symptoms, and is more strongly associated with paranoia than with hallucinations.[read the full story...]
“It doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”: sexual minorities and paranoia
Sarah Carr explores a recent cross-sectional study on sexual minority status and symptoms of psychosis, which looks at the role of bullying, discrimination, social support and drug use.[read the full story...]
Do you have my back? Perceived social support, loneliness, and its impact on mental health outcomes
In the lead up to our Loneliness Mental Health Question Time on 3rd Dec 2018, Dr Michelle Lim summarises a recent systematic review on the associations between loneliness and perceived social support and outcomes of mental health problems.[read the full story...]
Can virtual reality CBT help people with psychosis be more sociable?
André Tomlin appraises a new RCT published today of virtual reality CBT versus waiting list control for paranoid ideation and social avoidance in people with psychosis.[read the full story...]
Bullying in childhood: cause or consequence of mental health problems? #AntiBullyingWeek
Stefan Brugger publishes his debut elf blog on a recent study, which looks at the role of vulnerability and resilience in relation to mental health and bullying in childhood.
Today marks the start of #AntiBullyingWeek, so look out for lots of activity around this theme on social media.[read the full story...]
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.[read the full story...]