Transgenerational trauma: maternal childhood maltreatment and perinatal outcomes

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Lucy Purnell explores a recent systematic review, which finds that maternal childhood maltreatment is associated with adverse perinatal mental health experiences, and this association is mediated by disruptions to maternal emotional functioning.

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Improving our understanding of the links between loneliness and mental health problems

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Zuva Dengu summaries a review of longitudinal studies investigating the relationship between loneliness and new onset of mental health problems in the general population.

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1 in 5 pre-school aged children develop PTSD symptoms following trauma exposure. Why are we still neglecting these children?

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In her debut blog, Mira Vasileva summarises a systematic review which suggests that the pooled prevalence of PTSD in pre-school children who have been exposed to trauma was 21.5%.

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Do different groups of people with schizophrenia respond differently to different antipsychotics?

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Murtada Alsaif considers a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Lancet Psychiatry exploring the response of different subgroups of patients with schizophrenia to different antipsychotic drugs.

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Oral health interventions for people with severe mental illness: what enables and prevents people from accessing them?

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Vishal Aggarwal considers the findings of a recent qualitative study, which looks at the contextual factors, barriers, and facilitators to accessing oral health interventions for people with severe mental illness.

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Can brain scans tell us how successful CBT for anxiety will be? Meta-analysis of task-based fMRI studies shows promise

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Millie Lowther, Isabel Luetkenherm, Carlos Mena and Alexandra Pike summarise a recent fMRI meta-analysis, which finds that activation in brain circuits related to salience, interoception and emotional processing were found to predict a positive response to CBT in anxiety disorders.

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Can gaming interventions help treat youth depression or anxiety?

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Theo Kyriacou and Andie Ashdown summarise a systematic review which finds that gaming interventions may be useful for depression, but not anxiety, in young people.

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Power, equality, diversity and systemic change: the theory, barriers and enablers for patient and public involvement

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In her debut blog, Layla Mofrad summarises an umbrella review exploring the theory, barriers & enablers for patient and public involvement in health and social care research and service delivery.

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Schizophrenia and educational attainment: mind the gap

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Ian Kelleher considers a new systematic review of papers from across the world, which looks at the enduring gap in educational attainment for people with schizophrenia.

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Half of all frontline health workers were mentally ill during early months of COVID-19 pandemic

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Kate Chartres and Dafni Katsampa summarise a systematic review exploring anxiety, depression, trauma-related, and sleep disorders among healthcare workers during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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