Can SMS text messages help prevent relapse in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder?

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A group of UCL Mental Health MSc students summarise a recent pilot study, which explores the acceptability and feasibility of the Texting for Relapse Prevention (T4RP) programme for people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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Increased risk for physical illness in schizophrenia is not caused by genetic liability for the disorder: according to new data-linkage study

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Dolly Sud appraises a recent data linkage study on the impact of schizophrenia genetic liability on the association between schizophrenia and physical illness.

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Understanding atypical social reward anticipation in psychopathology

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Francesca Bentivegna summarises a meta-analytic review exploring atypical social reward anticipation as a transdiagnostic characteristic of psychopathology.

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Mental health: at what cost?

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In their debut Mental Elf blog, Martin Knapp and Gloria Wong summarise a systematic review of cost-of-illness studies, which explores the distribution of the costs between different mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Psychotic disorders among migrants and minority ethnic groups in Europe: a rising and concerning incidence

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Aggelos Stamos reviews findings from the multi-national EU-GEI study on the incidence of psychotic disorders among migrants and minority ethnic groups in Europe.

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Violence and mental illness: does ignoring this blog stigmatise some people who need our help?

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In his debut blog, Joseph Schwartz explores a systematic review finding that a range of psychiatric disorders are associated with an elevated risk of violence.

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Violent behaviour by people diagnosed with psychosis: what is good evidence?

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Vishal Bhavsar reviews a recent study examining correlates of future violent behaviour in people being treated for schizophrenia in US-based treatment centres.

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RESPECT! Find out what it means to me(ntal health services)

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Beccy White explores the recently published RESPECT trial – a feasibility RCT which finds that a sexual health promotion intervention was safe and acceptable for people with severe mental illness.

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Can we treat cognitive deficits in schizophrenia through electrical brain stimulation?

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Stefanie Sturm summarises a recent systematic review on improving cognitive deficits in schizophrenia using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a form of electrical brain stimulation.

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What influences mental health professionals to stigmatise people with schizophrenia?

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Charlotte Huggett explores a recent systematic review on schizophrenia stigma in mental health professionals and associated factors.

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