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A monthly summary of newly published research findings in psychiatry, psychology and mental health. Presented by Mad in America's Peter Simons.

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A monthly summary of newly published research findings in psychiatry, psychology and mental health. Presented by Mad in America's Peter Simons.

    Science News: No Link Between Serotonin and Depression - What Does That Mean for Antidepressants?

    Science News: No Link Between Serotonin and Depression - What Does That Mean for Antidepressants?

    In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in conventional research news and to help listeners understand how to interpret the findings.
    This month, Peter Simons covers in detail a new systematic review that debunks the widely popularized myth of low serotonin in depression, the “chemical imbalance theory.” He then follows up with a study that found less than 25% of people respond to depression treatment in real life, and a study that found that screening for depression in adolescents is ineffective.
    No Evidence Low Serotonin Causes Depression Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper Less Than a Quarter of Those with Depression Respond to Treatment in Real Life Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality Screening for Depression in Adolescents Does Not Prevent Hospitalizations or Suicide Attempts

    • 31 min
    Science News: Pharma Corruption, Dangers of Antidepressants, And More

    Science News: Pharma Corruption, Dangers of Antidepressants, And More

    In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in conventional research news and to help listeners understand how to interpret the findings.
    Articles covered in this podcast include:
    How the mental health app Cerebral is facing accusations of dangerous and unethical practices; How Biogen withdrew its European application for failed Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab; How pharma company Cassava was the subject of a New York Times exposé on its Alzheimer’s research and outcome data; How social media influencers are the new pharma marketers; Researchers document how psychiatric textbooks and reviews endorsed the chemical imbalance myth; A study finding that antidepressants don’t improve quality of life; A study on antidepressants’ dangerous effects on the fetus if taken during pregnancy; A paper explaining the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and relapse; A paper on the dangers of benzodiazepine withdrawal; A study finding that a sense of meaningfulness in life protects against mental distress; and A paper by Joanna Moncrieff on the ties between the commodified mental health system and neoliberal capitalism.

    • 31 min
    Science News: Psychology: Flawed as a Science and as Evidence-Based Medicine

    Science News: Psychology: Flawed as a Science and as Evidence-Based Medicine

    In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in conventional research news and to help listeners understand how to interpret the findings.
    Articles covered in this podcast include:
    Researchers write that “psychology is fundamentally incompatible with hypothesis-driven theoretical science”; Researchers suggest that “evidence-based medicine” is more corporate gimmick than reliable science; Psychiatrists deliver the lowest-quality healthcare of any medical specialty; A report by the Council of Europe promotes non-coercive mental health treatment; Black patients in the US were more than twice as likely to be described negatively in electronic health records; A peer-supported Open Dialogue program shows early success in the UK; Antipsychotics are often prescribed without informed consent; Antidepressants are ineffective for children and adolescents; Psychiatric drugs increase dementia risk threefold after COVID in 65+ population; and Official guidelines on antidepressant discontinuation fail practitioners and patients.  

    • 32 min
    Science News: Brain Imaging Results False; Unpublished and Missing Trials; Why Meditation May Not Work for You

    Science News: Brain Imaging Results False; Unpublished and Missing Trials; Why Meditation May Not Work for You

    Peter Simons covers a study in Nature finding that the positive results of psychiatry’s brain imaging studies are false; a study demonstrating that more than half of negative antidepressant trials remain unpublished or are misleadingly “spun” as positive; an article that may explain why some people don’t find meditation to be helpful; and more!

    Nature: Brain Imaging Studies Are Most Likely False Negative Antidepressant Trials Still Unlikely to Be Published Did Pharma Companies Hide Failed ADHD Drug Studies From Regulators? Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research Esketamine: Dangers and Lingering Questions Antipsychotics Worsen Cognitive Functioning in First-Episode Psychosis Your Mindset Matters When You Meditate

    • 27 min
    Science News: How Effective Are Therapy and Medication, and What Do They Treat?

    Science News: How Effective Are Therapy and Medication, and What Do They Treat?

    Peter Simons covers a study that found both therapy and medication to have very limited effectiveness; an article suggesting that general practitioners need to prescribe fewer antidepressants; a study that concluded no brain imaging test has been able to identify a meaningful brain difference in depression; and more!

    Major Review Finds Limited Effectiveness for Medication and Therapy Family Physicians Must Change Antidepressant Prescribing Practices SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke Clinicians and Patients Often Disagree on Mental Health Outcomes No Meaningful Brain Differences in Depression Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

    • 29 min
    Science News: Lithium, Antidepressants, Esketamine—All No Better Than Placebo?

    Science News: Lithium, Antidepressants, Esketamine—All No Better Than Placebo?

    Peter Simons covers a clinical trial that found lithium ineffective at preventing suicide attempts, an essay by Allen Frances on the overdiagnosis of depression and overprescription of antidepressants, a review of the ineffectiveness and dangers of antidepressants, and an analysis that revealed that esketamine failed five of its six clinical trials.

    Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts New Review: Antidepressants Come with Minimal Benefits, Several Risks Allen Frances Takes on the Over-Prescription of Antidepressants Esketamine Failed in Five of its Six Efficacy Trials Ketamine Withdrawal Has Severe Consequences New Study of Ayahuasca Users Shows Placebo Effect in Action
     

    • 32 min

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