Do antidepressants work better than placebo?

Scientists have been debating the efficacy of antidepressants for decades. The latest paper to throw its hat into the ring concludes that there is little evidence to show that they perform better than placebos.

In 2017, around 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced an episode of major depression.

Alongside talking therapies such as psychotherapy, many people with depression take antidepressants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 2011–2014 survey found that 12.7% of U.S. individuals aged 12 or above had taken antidepressant medication in the previous month.

Full story at Medical News Today

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New Online CEU Courses

NEW QUANTUM LOGONew! Meditative Psychotherapy

This brief course was developed using Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin’s book, Meditative Psychotherapy: The Marriage of East and West. Dr. Rubin is one of the leading integrators of the Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic traditions, and the creator of meditative psychotherapy. The author discusses how the “marriage” of these two disciplines promises a way to illuminate human suffering and offer paths to healing and transformation. The book includes examples from Dr Rubin’s practice that illustrate his reflections and perspective.

New! Preventing and Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems – A Handbook for Clergy

This course is intended to increase awareness of the family consequences when the disease of addiction is present, enhance the ability to support people in faith communities who are struggling with addiction, and provide some strategies to help prevent alcohol and drug use by the youth in the community. It is based on the core competences published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2004. With a better understanding of addiction and the untreated family consequences, the reader may be more comfortable and effective in helping affected families obtain necessary help, and in adopting strategies that can reduce the number of people who will be hurt by these diseases in the future.

New! Identifying Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems of Children and Youth

This course is intended to promote the early identification of children and adolescents with mental health and substance use problems. It addresses the approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youth (persons whose ages are between birth and 22 years) in settings that serve either a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.

New! Effective Treatment for People in Homelessness Rehabilitation

This course is an extraction from Treatment Improvement Protocol #55 – Effective Treatment for People in Homelessness Rehabilitation. This course focuses on several people with behavioral health disorders who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Each case demonstrates effective approaches to treatment for people who are in different phases of homelessness rehabilitation and who have substance use and/or mental disorder.

New! Stroke Rehabilitation

The guideline is relevant to all healthcare professionals providing or directing treatment services to patients recovering from a stroke, in any healthcare setting (primary care, specialty care, and long-term care) and in community programs.

For these CEU courses and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New CEUs

NEW QUANTUM LOGONew! Substance Use Disorders and Child Maltreatment

This manual, Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders, provides a basis for understanding parental substance use disorder and its relationship to child maltreatment. The manual encourages enhanced collaboration between CPS and alcohol and drug abuse treatment agencies.

New! Breastfeeding Support and Promotion

This intermediate level continuing education course describes how supporting mothers and babies who are breastfeeding will increase the public health impact of everyone’s efforts, reduce inequities in the quality of health care that mothers and babies receive, and improve the support that families receive in employment and community settings.

New! Psychotherapy and Video Games (e-book format)

In this e-book, psychotherapist Mike Langlois takes a fresh look at video games and technology, their impact on our lives, and what they could mean for the future of psychotherapy. *

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‘Protecting’ Psychiatric Medical Records Puts Patients at Risk of Hospitalization

Protecting Medical Records for Psychiatric PatientsMedical centers that elect to keep psychiatric files private and separate from the rest of a person’s medical record may be doing their patients a disservice, a Johns Hopkins study concludes.

In a survey of psychiatry departments at 18 of the top American hospitals as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in 2007, a Johns Hopkins team learned that fewer than half of the hospitals had all inpatient psychiatric records in their electronic medical record systems and that fewer than 25 percent gave non-psychiatrists full access to those records.

Strikingly, the researchers say, psychiatric patients were 40 percent less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within the first month after discharge in institutions that provided full access to those medical records.

"The big elephant in the room is the stigma," says Adam I. Kaplin, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and leader of the study published online in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. "But there are unintended consequences of trying to protect the medical records of psychiatric patients. When you protect psychiatric patients in this way, you’re protecting them from getting better care. We’re not helping anyone by not treating these diseases as we would other types of maladies. In fact, we’re hurting our patients by not giving their medical doctors the full picture of their health."

Full story of psychiatric medical record protection at Science Daily

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In the Mind of the Psychopath

The Mind of a PsychopathIce cold, hard and emotionless. Such is the psychopath — we think. Until we get a glimpse behind the mask. Researchers have for decades been almost unanimous in their accord with the popular perception that psychopaths are made in a certain way, and will forever remain that way.

But Aina Gullhaugen, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, disagrees.

Nature or nurture?

"A lot has happened over the past few years in psychiatry," Gullhaugen says. "But the discipline is still characterized by the attitude that a certain group of people are put together in such a way that they cannot be treated. There is little in the textbooks that says that these people have had a hard life. Until now the focus has been directed at their antisocial behaviour and lack of empathy. And the explanation for this is based on biology, instead of looking at what these people have experienced."

Through her experience as a psychologist, Gullhaugen has found, in fact, that there is a discrepancy between the formal characteristics of psychopathy and what she has experienced in meeting psychopaths.

Full story of a psychopath’s mind at Science Daily

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