Individual, group and guided self-help CBT for panic disorder: most delivery formats equally effective, but more evidence needed

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Hannah Wallace summarises a network meta-analysis comparing four different formats of CBT for panic disorder, which finds “no efficacy differences between CBT delivered as guided self-help, or in the face-to-face individual or group format in the treatment of panic disorder”.

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Self Help Plus for refugees: we need effective, low-intensity and scalable interventions

41.2% of the refugees screened were found to have symptoms of psychological distress. The risk varied between sexes, nationalities and was suggested to be associated with reduced integration and accentuated by less favourable post migration conditions.

Alexis Low considers a meta-analysis which evaluates Self-Help Plus, a promising WHO intervention that could be scaled up to address the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

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Deciphering self-help: how do adolescents experiencing emotional difficulties cope?

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Nuria Gardia considers a scoping review on self‑management, self‑care, and self‑help strategies in adolescents with emotional problems.

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‘Hearing Voices’ and self-help groups: hope and support for people who hear voices

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Lorna Collins reflects on a systematic review exploring the benefits of Hearing Voices and other self-help groups for people with auditory hallucinations.

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Guided self-help for anxiety: the importance of choice

Only 7% of the participants accepted being randomised, while 93% chose their treatment, showing a preference for CAT-GSH; however, CAT-GSH and CBT-GSH were found to result in similar anxiety outcomes at the follow-up assessments.

In her latest blog, Francesca Zecchinato summarises findings from a recent pragmatic, partially randomised, patient preference trial on two forms of guided self-help for anxiety.

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If you’ve got a mental health problem, who you gonna call?

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In her debut blog, Cara McErlain summarises a recent qualitative systematic review exploring patients’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health support through primary care services in England.

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Menopause in the workplace: A blog to celebrate World Menopause Day 2023

If you go down to the woods today, you’ll find us discussing the last of our World Menopause Day 2023 papers

Today, 18th October 2023, is World Menopause Day. It’s the now annual discussion on the impact that menopause has for the individual in the workplace, in the family and in our communities.

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Internet-based psychotherapy may be cost-effective for anxiety and depression

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Ally Canaway blogs a systematic review which finds evidence of internet-based psychological interventions being cost-effective for depression and anxiety.

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BME communities and self-management of long term conditions

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Clarissa Giebel considers a systematic review on user-led self-management of long term conditions for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities and weighs up what the findings mean for BME people living with chronic conditions in the UK.

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Do mental health websites improve help-seeking in adolescents?

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Maxine Howard summarises the findings of a recent review of online mental health services for young people, which finds little evidence to suggest that websites increase help-seeking in adolescents.

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