The Trial: pharmacotherapy versus psychotherapy for schizophrenia – how do trials compare?

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Keith Laws looks at a systematic review of patient and study characteristics, which asks: are randomised controlled trials on pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for positive symptoms of schizophrenia comparable?

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Depression in later life: healthcare professionals’ views about referrals and management

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Alison McKinlay summarises a literature review of qualitative research exploring healthcare professionals’ views of depression in later life, which highlights the quandaries faced by healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly in areas where funding and access to services are limited.

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What role should psychoanalysis play in modern mental health practice?

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Camille Hart and Iain McDougall explore a recent narrative review by Jessica Yakeley and argue that psychodynamic psychotherapies should be made more widely available within UK mental health services.

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Youth anxiety and depression treatment not as good as we think? What should we tell the children?

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Ola Demkowicz writes her debut elf blog about a study that evaluates reliable improvement rates in depression and anxiety at the end of treatment in adolescents.

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Bipolar disorder and distress: systematic review of first-person accounts

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters Students summarise a meta-synthesis of qualitative research, which looks at what people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience as distressing.

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Social GGRRAAACCEEESSS: self-reflection for family therapists

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‘Which aspects of social GGRRAAACCEEESSS grab you most?’ Alex Skolnick blogs about the oddly named Social GGRRAAACCEEESSS exercise for a supervision group to promote therapists’ self-reflexivity.

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Anorexia therapies present and future: a 3-star review, or a 3-star field of research? #LEDC19

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Sarah McDonald writes a new blog to accompany the #LEDC19 conference, which explores established and emerging interventions for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adults and children.

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Psychotherapy for adult depression: is it as good as it’s cracked up to be?

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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.

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Preventing psychosis: no one intervention is better than the rest

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent network meta-analysis that highlights a lack of evidence about specific interventions for preventing psychosis.

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Adverse effects of psychotherapy for depression: new meta-analysis looks at deterioration rates

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Edel Mc Glanaghy reacquaints us with the negative effects of psychotherapies for adult depression, through an impressive new meta-analysis of trials that measure deterioration rates in patients receiving psychotherapy compared with controls.

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