ADHD is a substantial risk factor for poor academic performance, according to a new study from Norway #CAMHScampfire

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Douglas Badenoch summarises a recent population-based study of ADHD deficit in school performance across sex and parental education, which has some interesting findings for parents, teachers and health professionals.

Join us around the #CAMHScampfire on Tuesday 27th September to discuss this paper.

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Critiquing the evidence behind the “evidence-based conclusions” about ADHD

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Shuichi Suetani and Gaj Panagoda explore the World Federation of ADHD International Consensus Statement published in 2021, which contains “208 evidence-based conclusions about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Can smartphone apps help female adolescents who self-harm?

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Natalie Kashirsky summarises a qualitative study finding that young people think “smartphone apps are cool”, but possibly unhelpful for coping with self-harm.

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Are trauma-informed treatments effective for justice-involved youth?

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Laura Hemming summarises a meta-analysis which struggles to make firm conclusions about the effectiveness of trauma programs for justice-involved youth.

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Sharing youth mental health lived experience: what impact does it have on young people?

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In her debut blog, Marianne Webb considers an Australian qualitative study evaluating a psychoeducation programme delivered by young people sharing their personal stories of mental health lived experience.

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Digital youth mental health interventions: will the evidence ever catch up?

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Robbie Fraser summarises an overview of systematic reviews, which finds that computerised CBT for anxiety and depression remains the best evidenced digital mental health intervention for young people.

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Can brief social contact videos reduce transphobia and increase treatment-seeking among adolescents?

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Talen Wright critically reviews a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of brief social contact video on transphobia and depression-related stigma among adolescents.

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iCBT for depression: reflections from university students

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Sharon Eager summarises a qualitative study conducted with university students in South Africa who identify the pros and cons of iCBT for depression.

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Just one shot at it: single session interventions for adolescent depression

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Maria Loades and Georgia Herring consider a randomised trial of online single-session interventions for adolescent depression during COVID-19.

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Do psychotherapies help children or adolescents with subclinical depression?

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David Hallford summarises a meta-analysis of psychotherapies for subthreshold depression, which suggests they may have positive acute effects in adolescents, but are not effective in children less than 12 years of age.

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