Category Treating Mental Disorders

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th June, 2018

1) Romanian Orphanages One criticism of the English And Romanian Adoptees study is that it only deals with the children who were adopted, not those left behind. It therefore gives a more optimistic picture of recovery because the children picked for adoption may have been more resilient. This article describes research done on children who have […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 16th, 2018

1) The Genetics Of Depression There are two articles here. This one just out from the EDIT Lab looks at a paper published last year. It focuses on 44 genetic variations associated with depression. It makes the claim that “depression is largely a disorder of the brain”. In our course, we are encouraged to think […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th June 2018

1) Individual Differences Here is the latest blog from the EDIT Lab on individual differences. There is a reference in there to t tests and distributions which is relevant to us.   2) Depression And Inflammation When we study depression, we focus on depression as a disorder of thought. For evaluation, we consider whether depressions […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd June 2018

1) The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs I happened to watch the second episode of this two part series. It is here. A substantial amount of the programme is devoted to the use of antidepressant drugs for adolescents. The programme features some important arguments from experts in this area and explains how clinical guidelines are […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 27th May, 2018

1) Narrow Vocabulary This news article looks at the claim that children are held back by a lack of vocabulary. This is seen as a consequence of being in homes where there are few books and where conversation is limited. This goes back to research originally done at the University of Kansas in the 1990s. As […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

A few days late, due to the mock exams. 1) Maslow’s Hierarchy This piece from the BPS Digest looks at some common misconceptions about Maslow’s hierarchy. It points out that Maslow did not think that all needs have to be met at one level before moving on to the next level, nor did he think […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th April, 2018

1) Genetics Of Depression A new study has come out, identifying 44 genetic variants as risk factors for depression. Here is an account from the Institute Of Psychiatry, Psychology And Neuroscience where some of the researchers on the study were based. Here is an account from The Guardian. There are two salient points. Firstly, there […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st April 2018

1) Genes For OCD This research came out in October last year but I only just found it. There’s a brief article here. The problem with understanding OCD to this point is that the evidence has been fragmentary. We know about genes, brain areas and serotonin but don’t know how they fit together. By isolating […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th April 2018

1) Educational Achievement And Genes When we study the nature-nurture debate, we look at the idea that the heritability of a trait depends on the quality of environment. In an environment with no food, genetic differences in vulnerability to obesity do not matter. In an educational environment where everyone has the support and the facilities […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th April 2018

1) Steve Silberman On Autism Here is Steve Silberman writing powerfully about acceptance of autism. Along the way, he deals with issues of holism and reductionism.   2) Loneliness Study The BBC has been promoting an online study of loneliness. I did the survey on Friday. Here is the information screen. On a previous screen, there […]