Poorer cardiovascular screening, diagnosis and management if you have a mental illness

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Joanne Wallace summarises a systematic review that highlights disparities in the management of cardiovascular risk factors in people with mental illness.

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Mental health diagnosis: views and experiences of service users and clinicians

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Vanessa Pinfold and Jennie Parker from the McPin Foundation explore a recent systematic review of service user, clinician, and carer perspectives on mental health diagnosis.

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Which personality traits may protect us from alcohol use disorder?

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Andrew Jones summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of alcohol treatment outcome, which identifies a range of personality traits that are associated with relapse.

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Psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders: residential versus community treatment

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Keir Harding explores a recent study of community-based, step-down, and residential specialist psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders, which includes some surprising findings.

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Psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder: DBT and psychodynamic approaches do best

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Andrew Shepherd summarises a recent meta-analysis on the efficacy of psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder, which finds that dialectical behaviour therapy and psychodynamic approaches were effective versus control, but CBT and other talking treatments were not.

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Personality disorders and alcohol treatment: is there any hope?

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Ian Hamilton and Kelly Davies provide some optimism after reading a new systematic review about personality disorders and alcohol treatment outcomes.

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The state of personality disorder services in England #bigspd17

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Keir Harding publishes his debut elf blog on a recent national survey of personality disorder services, which finds continued exclusion, variability of practice and inconsistencies in the availability of services across England.

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A crisis map: charting the topography of home treatment

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Derek Tracy and Lisa Lloyd look back over the last 17 years of mental health crisis care and consider the findings of a new survey of Crisis Resolution Teams in England.

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Extremism and mental health: is there a link?

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Vishal Bhavsar considers the findings of a cross sectional survey of over 3,500 men, which measured the prevalence of extremist attitudes in the general population and any associations with mental illness.

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IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?

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Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

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