December 19, 2014

5:05 AM | SuppleMENTAL Information on Suicide: Are Our Genes Suicidal
Caption: Do You Have A Pair Of Suicidal Genes? Suicide Holiday|Suicide Ideation|Suicidal thoughts |Suicide Genes If you need to talk to someone now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you’ll be connected with a trained counselor. They can also connect you to mental health services in your area.  The line is available 24/7 and is […]

December 18, 2014

9:42 AM | Dividing up the pie in relation to REF2014
OK, I've only had an hour to look at REF results, so this will be brief, but I'm far less interested in league tables than in the question of how the REF results will translate into funding for different departments in my subject area, psychology. I should start by thanking HEFCE, who are a model of efficiency and transparency: I was able to download a complete table of REF outcomes from their website here. What I did was to create a table with just the Overall results for Unit of Assessment 4, […]

December 16, 2014

1:03 AM | An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong
There was an interesting array of topics at last week’s Advancing Ethical Research conference sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR), ranging from basics of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ethics of Ebola trials, which was excellent. Given my ongoing interest in the Markingson case at the University of Minnesota (UMN) (see below), [...]

December 04, 2014

6:58 PM | Is Therapy The Right Choice For You?
When should you consider therapy? There is no one right answer, but if you have frequent and/or ongoing instances of the following, you should get an evaluation from a skilled psychotherapist.
4:30 PM | Psych paper falls afoul of journal’s plagiarism policy (hint: don’t plagiarize)
The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology has retracted a 2011 paper on depersonalization disorder by a pair of authors in Azerbaijan who got a bit too familiar with their source material without proper attribution. And the journal has offered its readers a handy — if depressingly obvious — admonition about publication ethics. The article, “Lamotrigine in […]The post Psych paper falls afoul of journal’s plagiarism policy (hint: don’t plagiarize) appeared […]

December 03, 2014

4:04 PM | Category Fail
I’ve written a lot of stories about autism research, and I’d say one of the biggest scientific developments …

November 30, 2014

11:45 AM | What I Wish People Knew about Depression
Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin William’s suicide. Here’s my response. I wish people knew that depression is complex, that it is a physiological condition with psychological and spiritual components, and therefore can’t be forced into any neat and tidy box, that healing […]

November 28, 2014

9:57 PM | Fat Talk Free Zone: What is the Impact of Fat Talk on Body Dissatisfaction?
There has been a veritable explosion of “anti-fat talk” movements in the body image and eating disorder prevention realms over the past few years. Indeed, campaigns like the Tri-Delta Sorority Fat Talk Free week have become relatively well known. Events like the “Southern Smash,” where participants literally smash scales are other iterations of this social phenomenon encouraging a more positive conversation around bodies. I am, of course, a fan of the idea that we […]

Sharpe H, Naumann U, Treasure J & Schmidt U (2013). Is fat talking a causal risk factor for body dissatisfaction? A systematic review and meta-analysis., The International journal of eating disorders, 46 (7) 643-52. PMID:


November 27, 2014

4:11 PM | Talking about ‘the gap’
In a previous post, I described the thoughts Clinical Psychology Forum 261 – a special about the gap between clinical psychology and psychiatry.  A letter summarising those thoughts was published along with other responses to CPF 261 in this month’s Forum, which is somewhat poignantly a special about ‘Remembering the bio in biopsychosocial’. I was […]
3:33 PM | “Malformed” Is the Best Brain Book I Read This Year (and Maybe Ever)
Of all the glossy photo books to showcase on your coffee table, your first choice might not be …

November 24, 2014

6:47 PM | We Are Capable Of Far More Than The Limitations Most People Accept
Do you have bipolar disorder or know somebody who does? What would change if you could learn how to turn depression and mania on and off whenever you wanted to? The entire way we look at bipolar disorder would change in profound ways. Some of them are beyond most people’s imagination, but a simple illustration […]
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