Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to “rethink psychiatry.”

An archive of research reports on psychiatric drugs can also be found here. 

Psychosis Patients Prioritize Non-Psychosis Issues in Therapy, Study Finds

In therapy for psychosis, most patients prioritize non-psychosis issues; over 20% didn't mention psychosis at all.

Lexapro for Children: Drug With No Meaningful Benefit and Increased Suicidality Gets FDA Approval

Response and remission rates were the same in the drug versus placebo groups, and Lexapro increased suicidality sixfold.

The Concept of Psychiatric Comorbidity is Overused and Poorly Understood

Danish psychiatrists argue that the concept of psychiatric comorbidity has been carelessly applied in psychiatry and should be re-thought.

Breaking Down Power Structures in Global Mental Health: A Call for Mutuality

Multinational research team advocates for mutuality and challenges existing power hierarchies in Global Mental Health.

Study Discovers Gender-Specific Links Between Childhood Trauma and Psychosis

Depressive symptoms in men and women with psychosis are linked to different types of childhood trauma.
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Self-Help or Self-Governance? The Role of the Psy-Disciplines in Neoliberalism

Roberto RodrĂ­guez-LĂłpez dissects the role of psychology and self-help culture in our individualized society.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Fails to Treat Depression

A rigorous, multi-center study uncovers the lack of efficacy of tDCS, sparking concerns about its use in the 'biohacking' community.

Beyond Symptom Reduction: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Gets Empirical Backing

Psychodynamic therapy fulfills stringent criteria for evidence-based treatment for common mental disorders.

How Theoretical Debates in Cross Cultural Social Work Miss the Point

Understanding how social work theories are applied is more critical than debating their superiority.
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Patients Express Anger at Doctors’ Ignorance About Antidepressant Withdrawal Effects

Antidepressant users share their frustrations towards a healthcare system that overprescribes but is ill-equipped to support with discontinuation and withdrawal symptoms.

Prolonged Negative Impacts of Benzodiazepine Use Revealed in New Study

Researchers find that adverse effects often last over a year, with many users experiencing substantial life changes.

Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Benzos All Increase Suicide Attempts in New Study

In a study of people with borderline personality disorder, only ADHD stimulants were associated with a decrease in suicide.

Overdose Prevention Sites: A Battleground for Public Space Policies

Ethnographic study of Overdose Prevention Sites reveals potential for mutual aid, but also constraints due to cultural and policy barriers
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Study Suggests Psychotherapy Is Not the Sole Solution for Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences

Personal and community practices like yoga and prayer may play a more significant role in the successful integration of ayahuasca experiences than individual psychotherapy.
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Pharma CEO, Others Attempt Contradictory Critiques of Serotonin-Debunking Study

Moncrieff et al. respond to the contradictory and, in some cases, false concerns raised by these critics of their serotonin review.

Involuntary Commitment for Substance Use Disorder Leads to Poor Outcomes

A new study found that patients involuntarily committed for substance use disorder relapsed within the first year after release.

Critical Psychology Needed to Combat Capitalism and Climate Change

Researchers suggest a vital role for critical psychology in the fight against climate change, urging a shift from individual actions to systemic anti-capitalist initiatives.

Our Brain’s Response to Trauma is Adaptive not Pathological, Researcher Argues

The Neuroplastic Narrative argues that the neurological and psychological impacts of trauma should not be characterized as pathology and illness.
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Psychologists can Lead Shift to Recovery-Oriented Mental Healthcare

Psychologists are uniquely positioned to drive transformational change by promoting recovery-oriented care and socially just practices, championing the rights of both patients and staff.
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Reframing Psychiatric History with Service-User Activist Accounts

Insights from service-user activists reveal a rich counter-history of challenging psychiatric authority, driving the quest for transformative change in mental health treatment and policy.

Probiotics Show Promise as Depression Treatment

Probiotics may be useful in treating the anxiety and somatic symptoms that antidepressants often fail to improve.

Unveiling Mental Health Patient Perspectives in Online Psychiatrist Reviews

Canadian researchers analyze the experiences of mental health patients in hundreds of online reviews for psychiatrists
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Diary Study Reveals Same Day Impact of LGBTQ+ Discrimination on Suicidality

When Sexual and Gender Minority Youth experience minority-related stressors, their suicidality intensifies that same day.
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Do Police Drug Interventions Spark Overdose Surges?

New research highlights the potential connection between police drug interventions and increases in opioid overdoses.
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Positive Parenting Can Mitigate Effects of Childhood Stress, Study Reveals

When youth report experiencing positive-parenting, they exhibit fewer stress-related behavioral problems and larger hippocampal volumes.
Age-standardized suicide mortality rate among males and females and the trend over time in the Region of the Americas, 2000–2019. Diamonds indicate identified points of inflection. AAPC: Average annual percent change; APC: Annual percent change.

Socioeconomic Factors are the Key Contributors to Surge in Suicide Deaths, Study Shows

Unemployment, education inequality, and a lack of medical care are among the factors linked to increases in suicide in latest study.
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Self-Labeling with Psychiatric Terminology May be Harmful for Youth

Despite the biomedical model’s claim that self-labeling is critical to the mental health treatment process, study shows that self-labeling can be harmful to youth self-esteem.

Risk of Schizophrenia Diagnosis Higher Following Cannabis-Induced Psychosis, Study Shows

Patients who experience substance-induced psychosis, particularly from cannabis, are at a significantly higher risk of transitioning to a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
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Preaddiction—A Helpful Term or Reactionary Misstep in Addiction Treatment?

Leaders of addiction and alcohol institutes look to create a new term, preaddiction, to increase the number of people in treatment. Others believe this move could increase stigma and forced treatment.
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Trauma-Informed Care and PTMF Reduce Self-Harm, Seclusion, and Restraint in Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

Implementation of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) and staff psychological stabilization training leads to a decrease in self-harm and restrictive interventions in one inpatient psychiatric unit.
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Cancer Risk Higher for Those on Clozapine

The antipsychotic clozapine, considered the “gold-standard” treatment for psychosis, was found to increase the risk of blood and lymph system cancers.
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Borderline Personality Disorder “No Longer Has a Place in Clinical Practice”

Researchers from the UK and New Zealand argue that Borderline Personality Disorder should be abandoned as a diagnostic category.
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A Call for Critical Approaches to Cognitive Psychology

Richard Prather asks fellow researchers in cognitive psychology to incorporate critical models and approaches into their practices.
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Human Rights Education can Shift Medical Students’ Perspectives on Psychiatry

A new study explores how training and education centered on human rights facilitates increased awareness and advocacy for change to psychiatry in medical students.
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Why Does Research Focus on Treating Depression Rather Than Preventing It?

Why Does Research Focus on Treating Depression Rather Than Preventing It?
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No Difference in Antidepressant Effectiveness After Genetic Testing

Genetic testing may help reduce the length of time people experience the harmful effects of antidepressant drugs, but it is not helpful for predicting efficacy.

What Psychosis Researchers can Learn from the Compassionate Approach to Psychedelic Experiences

Despite their similarities, psychedelic experiences are often met with care and compassion, while psychosis is treated with coercion.
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Mad Studies Needed to Decolonize Global Mental Health

Peter Beresford and Diana Rose explore the influence of Mad Studies, survivor movements, and experiential knowledge in global mental health discourse.
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Effective for LGBTQ Individuals with Trauma Histories

In a new clinical trial, researchers found psychodynamic psychotherapy to be a promising treatment for the reduction of PTSD symptoms in LGBTQ individuals.
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Digital Phenotyping in Mental Health is Radically Transforming our Pursuit of Self-Knowledge

By using data from digital devices to diagnose and treat mental illness, digital phenotyping could fundamentally change how we understand ourselves.
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Ketamine Fails to Beat Active Placebo for Depression

Ketamine “may actually be ineffective for the short-term treatment of MDD.”
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DSM-5 Faces Global Backlash: An International Call for Culturally Affirming and Decolonizing Mental Health...

Calls to decolonize mental health and replace the current DSM-5 diagnostic model gain momentum.

Social Mobility Causes Distress and So Does the Neoliberal Imperative to Pursue Wealth and...

Research finds that downward social mobility leads to distress but the pressure to move up in a neoliberal society also causes distress.
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Recovery Orientation Faces Challenges in Forensic Psychiatry Settings

Psychiatric staff in Switzerland express concerns about loss of authority and power if implementing recovery orientation in forensic settings.

Do Not Prescribe Antidepressants for Mild to Moderate Depression or at First Visit

World Psychiatry article challenges conventional antidepressant prescription practices.

Australia’s Billion-Dollar Question: Why Is Mental Health Not Improving With Better Access?

Amid growing mental health crisis, research raises questions about the mass rollout of brief psychotherapies in Australia.

Study Highlights Lack of Evidence for Antidepressants in Treatment of Chronic Pain

A new Cochrane review details the lack of evidence for antidepressants in the treatment of chronic pain.

Personal Narratives Offer Insight into Mental Health Recovery for Diverse Communities

An in-depth analysis of personal narratives of mental health recovery aims to improve treatment for marginalized communities.
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Therapist Trainings Needed on Disability to Counter Neoliberalism in Mental Healthcare

Disability scholar Joanne Hunt’s call for structural competence training around disability counters neoliberal ideologies in clinical training.

Hyperbolic Tapering off Antidepressants Limits Withdrawal

New research by Jim van Os and Peter Groot finds that using hyperbolic tapering to discontinue antidepressants reduces withdrawal effects.