In his debut blog, Nick Meader tackles a huge umbrella review of youth mental health interventions, which presents the efficacy and acceptability of 72 different approaches to help children and young people.[read the full story...]
Psychotherapy for adult depression: is it as good as it’s cracked up to be?
Ellie Gant summarises a meta-analysis that asks: Was Eysenck right after all? A reassessment of the effects of psychotherapy for adult depression. The paper suggests that we seriously overestimate the benefits of psychotherapy by including biased trials in meta-analyses, and that there’s insufficient reliable research to be certain about the effectiveness of problem-solving therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and behavioural activation.[read the full story...]
Psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders: residential versus community treatment
Keir Harding explores a recent study of community-based, step-down, and residential specialist psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders, which includes some surprising findings.[read the full story...]
Psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder: DBT and psychodynamic approaches do best
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.[read the full story...]
IPT and CBT best for depression in children and young people, says network meta-analysis
Laura Hemming summarises a recent network meta-analysis of psychotherapies for depression in children and young people, which finds that Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) were significantly more efficacious than other psychotherapies at post-treatment and follow-up.[read the full story...]
Psychodynamic therapy: time for a new approach?
Mark Smith summarises a recent narrative review about the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy for depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, somatic disorders and other mental health conditions.[read the full story...]
Psychotherapies for depression in children and young people
Shirley Reynolds considers the findings of a recent network meta-analysis, which investigates the comparative efficacy and acceptability of psychotherapies for depression in children and adolescents.[read the full story...]
Psychotherapies for adult depression: the things we know we know, and those we know we don’t
Patrick Kennedy-Williams highlights a recent opinion piece by Pim Cuijpers, which summarises what we know and what we don’t know about the efficacy of psychotherapies for adult depression.[read the full story...]
Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for all common mental health disorders?
For his ninth Mental Elf blog, Mark Smith reports on a Cochrane systematic review of the effectiveness of short term psychodynamic therapies on common mental health disorders.[read the full story...]
CBT versus psychodynamic psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder: long live the dodo or time for a change in research emphasis?
Andrew Shepherd appraises a study of the long-term outcomes of psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in social anxiety disorder, which finds both therapies are efficacious in treating social anxiety disorder in the short- and long-term.[read the full story...]