Quick Thoughts

How APA’s rating of acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis got downgraded from “strong” to “modest” efficacy

My blog post a few years ago caused a downgrading of ACT for psychosis that stuck. This shows the meaninglessness of APA ratings of psychotherapies as evidence-supported.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) comes to high schools

  A relatively large scale cluster-randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy was implemented in Dutch high schools. Across 11 outcome variables, there were no significant effects in main or subgroup analyses. Transparent reporting of a thoroughly null trial was marred only by a non sequitur statement in the last sentence of the abstract […]

What Jon Kabat-Zinn’s trademarking of MBSR means for mindfulness training.

Jon Kabat Zinn trademarked the acronym for mindfulness-based stress reduction. This could be worth millions in training drone pilots.

On receiving an offer to become a certified quack Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Therapist

How could resist an offer to be certified as being able to gently and rapidly collapse recent and long-standing clinical issues?

What can we learn from an expensive but futile trial of interventions to improve child mental health?

Why is no one speaking out against wasteful mental health interventions in schools that are already underfunded and lacking in mental health services?

Anti-stigma campaigns as a solution to the crisis of mental health care

UK Prime Minister advocates anti-stigma campaign, not more funds to solve crisis of mental health care.

Use of scales to assess risk for a suicide attempt wastes valuable clinical resources

Standardized tools for assessing risk of suicide did not perform very well in a new study.

A study of adolescent depression in Lancet Psychiatry that simply doesn’t make sense

The numbers from a study of teen depression in Lancet Psychiatry don't add up

Airplane pilot mental health and suicidal thoughts: Original article generated bad media coverage

Investigating exaggerated claims in the media about an article on mental health and suicidal thoughts and airline pilots I discovered the source of the distortions were the original article.

Storing the mentally ill and suicidal persons in the new asylums

Without adequate inpatient beds or intensive supportive mental health services in the community, increasingly jails and prisons have become the new asylum .

Means restriction to prevent suicide in the LA County Jail: the safety smock

The anti-suicide smock is the new straitjacket to prevent suicide in jails