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What makes a mental health app work?

Clinicians I talk to often say that they recommend mental health apps all the time, but they find that even the most enthusiastic users seem to disengage pretty quickly.

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Menopause and Depression – who and why?
Menopause and Depression – who and why?
Dr Janette Randall

In the Dealing with Depression workshop we talk about gender differences for depression, noting that women have a higher incidence of depression than men. While some of this difference may be explained by the way we screen for and diagnose depression, there are also likely to be biological differences. Depression associated with hormonal changes is commonly seen in women – premenstrual dysphoric disorder, postnatal depression, and perimenopausal mood changes are issues regularly dealt with in a general practice setting.

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Resilience enhancing drugs - good news or another can of worms?
Resilience enhancing drugs - good news or another can of worms?
Dr Jan Orman

Dr Brachman discusses the development of what is referred to as a new class of drugs that have been shown in her research to prevent PTSD and depression in mice.

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Men are from Mars… or are they?
Men are from Mars… or are they?
EMHPRAC

Men and women are different from each other. What a profound statement that is! Also one that could get me into a lot of trouble, particularly if it led to a discussion about whether that difference was genetically or culturally determined. I’m going to say it anyway, because I’m thinking about depression and suicide and the ways in which men and women express their distress differently.

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Bots and ‘digital humans’ in mental healthcare – the next wave of technology?
Bots and ‘digital humans’ in mental healthcare – the next wave of technology?
Julia Reynolds

Are you having difficulty getting your head around the use of technology in mental health care? The idea that computer programs might interact with humans in a humanlike way has been around for decades but ideas about implementation are getting more and more sophisticated.

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The Status Symbol of Being ‘Busy’ Comes at a Cost to Our Wellbeing
The Status Symbol of Being ‘Busy’ Comes at a Cost to Our Wellbeing
Dr Carol Newall

I was called in by my Head of Learning and Teaching to discuss my ‘workload’ recently. My first thought was “oh no, they will add more to my workload as they’ve discovered that I’ve been working under my contracted hours”.

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Better than a Thousand Words
Better than a Thousand Words
Dr Jan Orman

A friend of mine came to have coffee with me recently. She was very anxious and upset about her husband’s upcoming prostatectomy. He had developed a fairly aggressive cancer that needed immediate action.

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Professional identities – where do they come from, and why are they important?
Professional identities – where do they come from, and why are they important?
Dr Janette Randall

Our professional identities play out in tangible ways such as our language, clothes and everyday behaviour. Our identity is the external representation of our inner feelings, beliefs, experiences and values. We all have a number of identities – personal, professional, social which reflect our day to day experiences and the environments within which we operate.

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EVERYBODY can be happy
EVERYBODY can be happy
Dr Jan Orman

Have you ever spoken to someone and thought “OMG! I would be depressed too if I were in their shoes”? Of course you have! But have you ever met someone who despite all the bad luck and set backs has remained optimistic and been able to make the best out of what would be for others an impossible and unbearable situation?

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What’s Your Superpower?
What’s Your Superpower?
Dr Jan Orman

So much medical focus is on the deficits in people that those of us who work within the medical model tend to forget to look for people’s strengths. We may eventually even fail to see and value our own strengths as they become, in our own minds, just things that everybody has.

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