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Perceptions of mental health: how helpful are biological models of eating disorders?

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Anorexia nervosa is an extremely debilitating eating disorder, and has the highest mortality of any psychiatric disorder. Shockingly, a review of the Prevalence and Incidence of Eating Disorders estimated that only one third of patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, and about 6% from bulimia nervosa, receive adequate mental health care. Here, Jenny…

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Callous? Unemotional? Chances are you won’t be losing any sleep over it

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If you’ve ever suffered from problems with your emotions or behaviour, you might have struggled with disturbed sleep, too. But are emotional or behavioural difficulties always associated with poor sleep? Are some types of people with difficulties actually better sleepers than your average person? New research from our team suggests…

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Data: real or reified?

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Data are perceived by some as a kind of currency, a source of boundless knowledge, with the potential to prevent suffering and death. However, taking a closer look at the etymology of the word prompts careful reconsideration of our assumptions about – and uses of – data in the context of psychiatry.

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Does D-cycloserine enhance effects of exposure-based cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders? Findings from a recent meta-analysis

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When it first emerged just over a decade ago, D-cycloserine (DCS) enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for anxiety was hailed as one of the best examples of translational research in psychiatry. But does this apparent wonder drug really enhance the effects of exposure-based CBT? A recently published meta-analysis attempts to…

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