Thursday, November 26, 2020

Promising Preliminary Results from a Small Study of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

A new study offers promising results for psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for depression.

Researchers: Antidepressant Use in Children Increases Suicide, No Evidence of Benefit

Noted antidepressant researcher, Michael Hengartner, summarizes the latest research on the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents.

When Psychology Speaks for You, Without You: Sunil Bhatia on Decolonizing Psychology

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Sunil Bhatia about decolonizing psychology, confronting the field’s racist past, colonial foundations, and neoliberal present.

Increasing Numbers of Children Prescribed Multiple Psychiatric Medications

According to researchers, children are being increasingly prescribed multiple different psychiatric medications.

Researchers: It’s Time to Stop Recommending Antidepressants for Depression

Researchers review a new synthesis of the existing evidence and conclude that the harms of antidepressants outweigh any benefits.

Antidepressants Not Superior to Psychotherapy for Severe Depression

On Wednesday, JAMA Psychiatry released a meta-analysis comparing the results of cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressant medication in severely depressed populations. Currently, many practice guidelines suggest that antidepressants be used over psychotherapy for major depressive disorder. The analysis, however, found that “patients with more severe depression were no more likely to require medications to improve than patients with less severe depression.”

Antipsychotics Associated with Severe COVID-19 and Fatal Outcomes

A new study has found a strong association between antipsychotic drugs and higher rates of severe cases of COVID-19.

Antidepressants Blunt Ability to Feel Empathy

A new study suggests that taking antidepressants impairs empathy, while the experience of depression itself does not.

“I Found My Lion’s Roar”: Ro Speight on Combining Peer Support and Open Dialogue

MIA's Ana Florence interviews recovery advocate Ro Speight about her journey from receiving Peer Support to working as a facilitator in Peer Partnered Open Dialogue.

Psychology is Not What You Think: An Interview with Critical Psychologist Ian Parker

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Ian Parker about critical psychology, discourse and political action, and whether psychology has anything left to offer.

Very Slow Taper Best for Antipsychotic Discontinuation

An article in JAMA Psychiatry advises very slow tapering for best results when discontinuing antipsychotic drugs.

Psychiatry’s Top Experts Acknowledge Lasting Harms of Antidepressant Withdrawal

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ former president demands support for patients coming off antidepressants.

Involuntary Hospitalization Increases Risk of Suicide, Study Finds

New study finds that people who felt they were coerced into being hospitalized were more likely to attempt suicide later.

Review Documents Severe Withdrawal Effects of Psychiatric Drugs

Researchers find that most psychiatric drugs cause severe withdrawal despite attempt s to gradually decrease the dosage.

Does Facebook Use Improve Social Connections or Weaken Attention?

A network analysis of participants’ social media use and well-being reveals complex links with social capital but a minimal association with attentional control.

For People “At Risk for Psychosis,” Antipsychotics Associated with Worse Outcomes

Researchers studied whether antipsychotics could prevent transition to full psychosis and found that the drugs worsened outcomes.
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Antipsychotic Augmentation Increases Risk of Death

A new study finds that adding an antipsychotic to existing antidepressant treatment is associated with a 45% increased risk of early death.

Unblinding in Antidepressant Trials Biases Results

Studies that compare the effectiveness of different antidepressant drugs are unreliable, according to new research in BMC Psychiatry.

Addressing the Roots of Racial Trauma: An Interview with Psychologist Lillian Comas-Díaz

MIA’s Hannah Emerson interviews Comas-Díaz on the need for culturally competent care in a medicalized and individualistic society.

Greater Exposure to Antipsychotics Associated with Worse Long-Term Outcomes

A new study finds adverse long-term consequences associated with the increased use of antipsychotics in first-episode psychosis.

Long-term Use of Lithium Can Cause Kidney Failure

A third of patients who have taken the common psychiatric medication lithium for over ten years have developed "chronic renal failure" from the drug.

How Does the Soteria House Heal?

The alternative treatment model of Soteria helps individuals suffering from schizophrenia without relying on medication or coercion.

Tapering Strips Help People Stop Using Antidepressants, Study Finds

A new study by Peter Groot and Jim van Os investigated whether tapering strips can help people stop using antidepressants.

Researchers: Antidepressant Withdrawal, Not “Discontinuation Syndrome”

Researchers suggest that the pharmaceutical industry had a vested interest in using the term “discontinuation” in order to hide the severity of physical dependence and withdrawal reactions many people experience from antidepressants.

Fluoxetine Not Helpful for Children with Autism

A clinical trial finds Prozac no better than placebo for improving repetitive behaviors.

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