A new insight into phobias

Could a fear of spiders, snakes (or even orcs) actually be an inherited defence mechanism laid down in a family’s genes by an ancestors’ frightening encounter with one of these terrifying beasts? New research suggests that memories can be passed down through the generations as a result of chemical changes in DNA that allow offspring […]

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Antipsychotic drugs

A German study just published by Moritz and colleagues provides an interesting insight into antipsychotic drugs used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. Data was collected by asking psychiatric patients to complete a questionnaire about their experiences in taking antipsychotic medication for their mental disorder. The conclusion was that such drugs are effective […]

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DSM 5

The American Psychiatric Association are preparing the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, due for release May 2013. They are currently testing some of their new criteria in field trials. This involves clinicians using the list of proposed clinical characteristics to diagnose patients. Comparisons are then made between clinicians to […]

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Useful AO2 point

Some recent research reported here  suggests the fMRI studies may present a misleading picture of brain activity. Such studies are used to provide evidence that certain areas of the brain are active when a person is engaged in a target task. However the new research has demonstrated that, while certain areas may be especially active, it […]

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Success of Psychoanalysis

There is increasing evidence that psychoanalysis may be an effective therapy. A landmark review by Shedler (2010)  included a number of randomised control trials* where psychodynamic therapies proved as effective as other forms of therapy. Midgley and Kennedy (2011)  conducted another review, this time of studies relating to children and young adults and again found strong evidence of the value of […]

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