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The Mental Health & Social Care Current Awareness Bulletin is produced at
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News from all corners of
the world

Department of Health

Consultation on changes to the allocation formulae for the Learning Disability
Commissioning Transfer Grant, Preserved Rights Grant and AIDS Support Grant


National News

Will anyone be normal?
Diagnosis and the DSM-5: Proposed Changes to Diagnostic Best Practice Offer a Staggering
Range of 'New' Conditions. Sir Terry Pratchett and Others Weigh in on the Impact of Mental
Health Diagnosis and the Ever-Shrinking Idea of Normalcy

Khyra Ishaq death due to lack of information sharing, says SCR
The death of Khyra Ishaq was "preventable" and largely due to a lack of information sharing,
according to the serious case review published today

Adass reorganises to meet adult care policy challenges
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has reorganised itself to respond to the
current policy and economic challenges facing adult social care and exert greater influence on

“Legal high’ Naphyrone to be a Class B drug from Friday
Naphyrone (often called ‘NRG1’) and its related compounds will become Class B drugs from
Friday July 23, 2010

MPs look to save integrated care schemes from NHS overhaul
MPs will probe how existing integrated health and social care schemes can be protected during
the government's radical overhaul of the NHS in the coming years

Autism charity aims to set legal precedents
A national charity is hoping to bring about changes in the law to help the half a million people in
the UK who are affected by autism

People With Mental Health Problems Must Be Heard On Welfare Reform
Mind's Chief Executive Paul Farmer has joined a scrutiny group which will advise and challenge
the independent review set up to look at the fairness and accuracy of the Work Capacity

Free personal care here to stay, says Scottish government
The Scottish government is insisting it will preserve its free personal care policy for older people
- rejecting the recommendations of an independent review of public expenditure in the country

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Early intervention: Key to giving disadvantaged children the opportunities they deserve
An independent commission into early intervention, which aims to ensure that children at
greatest risk of multiple disadvantage get the best start in life, will be chaired by Graham Allen
MP, confirmed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith and Children’s
Minister, Sarah Teather, in an announcement today

Mental illness project proves success
A project tackling childhood mental illness by training parents to support others to improve
communication and parenting skills has seen a significant reduction in the severity of reported
mental health problems


International News

New Investments In Mental Health Care Will Pay Dividends, Say Psychologists
Australia: New investments in mental health care announced by the government today will pay

Mental Health America Launches Online Support Community
Mental Health America announced it has launched the Mental Health America Support
Community-a new online community that connects families, friends, and caregivers for support
and inspiration

Seaside Therapeutics Reports Data From Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Phase 2
Study In Fragile X Syndrome

2 Potent New Predictors Of Suicide Risk Developed By Psychologists
Two powerful new tests developed by psychologists at Harvard University show great promise
in predicting patients' risk of attempting suicide

Survey, 30 Percent On Gulf Coast Suffer From Mental Illness In Wake Of Oil Spill
The oil spill ravaging the Gulf of Mexico has inflicted widespread psychological distress among
coastal residents of Louisiana



Insomnia In Children Receiving Mental Health Treatment
A new survey of child psychiatrists indicates that insomnia is a major problem among children in
mental health treatment and at least a quarter of these patients are given sleep medication

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Substance abuse, alcoholism,

Evaluating the Risk of Relapse for Adolescents Treated for Substance Abuse
The purpose of this research is to explore the relationship between sociodemographic,
psychologic and treatment variables and successful outcomes of adolescents treated for
psychoactive substance use disorder

Success in a Canadian Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program
Past research on the efficacy of methadone maintenance therapy as a treatment for opiate
addiction has generally been very encouraging, but the literature shows that effectiveness
varies from study to study (ie, clinic to clinic).

Anxiety Disorders

The pharmacologic treatment of anxiety disorders: a review of progress
Anxiety disorders, as a group, are among the most common mental health conditions and
frequently cause significant functional impairment

Efficacy of self-administered treatments for pathological academic worry: A randomized
controlled trial
Research on treatments for reducing pathological worry is limited. In particular, academic worry
is a common theme in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) samples as well as non-clinical
student samples


Study warns against use of anti-psychotic drugs for dementia
More than one in six elderly patients across Scotland with dementia are being prescribed anti-
psychotic drugs, a study claimed

Education 'helps brain compensate for dementia changes'
People who stay in education for longer appear to be better able to compensate for the effects
of dementia on the brain, a study suggests

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Bipolar disorders, Suicide

Could A Diagnostic Blood Test Be Created For Depression?
An article in Biological Psychiatry reports that Dutch researchers may eventually generate blood
tests for psychiatric conditions, such as depression

Only some epilepsy drugs may raise suicide risk
While all epilepsy drugs carry a warning about an increased risk of suicidal behavior, it may only
be certain newer medications that are connected to the hazard

People With Severe Depression 'Find It Harder To Judge Facial Expressions'
New research shows people with severe depression find it harder to interpret facial expressions
than healthy people - particularly expressions of disgust

Emergency departments 'fail to spot suicidal patients'
Emergency departments may be failing to identify patients at risk of suicide, a new study

Previous bipolar disorder episodes exacerbate functional disability
Among bipolar disorder patients living in the community, previous manic episodes appear to
impair disability at work and in family life, whereas previous depressive episodes seem to
impact on social life disability

DocGuide TopAbstracts in Depression

Clinical characteristics of prodrome to a first episode of mania identified
Researchers have identified several clinical characteristics that could help predict the onset of a
first episode of psychotic mania in patients who have risk factors for or are vulnerable to bipolar

Sustained attention deficit a potential endophenotye for bipolar disorder
Researchers suggest that sustained attention deficit is an endophenotype for bipolar disorder
that is maintained during asymptomatic states

Dual Diagnosis

A Comparison Between Patients Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder With Versus Without
Comorbid Substance Abuse
The purpose of the study was to compare hospitalized individuals with bipolar disorder with and
without comorbid substance abuse, on demographic, hospital-related data, symptom severity,
and severity change during hospitalization

Cannabis use in patients with a first psychotic episode and subjects at ultra high risk of
psychosis: impact on psychotic- and pre-psychotic symptoms
Co-morbidity with cannabis use disorder is common in patients with a psychotic disorder and is
associated with adverse outcome

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Eating Disorders

DocGuide TopAbstracts in Eating Disorders

The use of a vodcast to support eating and reduce anxiety in people with eating disorder:
A case series
Individuals with eating disorders have difficulty controlling obsessive intrusions and ritualistic
behaviours relating to food and exercise

A mediational model of self-esteem and social problem-solving in anorexia nervosa
Poor problem-solving and low self-esteem are frequently cited as significant factors in the
development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa

What does uncertainty mean to women with anorexia nervosa? An interpretative
phenomenological analysis
The objective of this study was to explore the construct of intolerance of uncertainty in patients
with anorexia nervosa through focus groups

Learning Disabilities

New Epigenetic Player Implicated in Mental Retardation and Facial Birth Defects
A subtle mutation affecting the epigenome -- a set of dynamic factors that influence gene
activity -- may lead to an inherited form of mental retardation that affects boys

The role of support staff in promoting the social inclusion of persons with an intellectual
Past studies have found that people supported in more individualised housing options tend to
have levels of community participation and wider social networks than those in other
accommodation options

Social reasoning skills in adults with Down syndrome: the role of language, executive
functions and socio-emotional behaviour
Although the prevalence of mental illness and behaviour problems is lower in adults with Down
syndrome than in other populations with intellectual disabilities, they do present emotional and
relational problems, as well as social integration difficulties

Link Between Western Diet And ADHD
A new study from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research shows an association
between ADHD and a 'Western-style' diet in adolescents

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Obsessive Compulsive

Generic and Illness-Specific Quality of Life in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a chronic and disabling disorder. It profoundly compromises
various aspects of patients' everyday life, thus affecting their quality of life

The Genetics of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome: An
Epidemiological and Pathway-Based Approach for Gene Discovery
Genetic discovery in obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette’s syndrome has made
significant progress in the past decade

Olanzapine as treatment for children and adolescents with tourette’s syndrome

Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder

Intensive Cognitive Therapy for PTSD: A Feasibility Study
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of anxiety disorders is usually delivered
in weekly or biweekly sessions

Effects of Acute Psychological Stress on Glucose Metabolism and Subclinical
Inflammation in Patients with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
During acute psychological stress, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic
nervous system are activated

The combined effect of gender and age on post traumatic stress disorder: do men and
women show differences in the lifespan distribution of the disorder?
The aim of the study was to examine the combined effect of gender and age on PTSD in order
to describe a possible gender difference in the lifespan distribution of PTSD


Motherly love 'does breed confidence'
Being lavished with affection by your mum as a young child makes you better able to cope with
the stresses and strains of adult life, say researchers

Confronting Prejudice More Likely When There Is Belief That Personalities Can Change
Confronting someone who makes a prejudiced remark can be a good thing - but not everyone
does it

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Prefrontal function and dopamine activity linked in early psychosis
Individuals at high risk for psychosis display prefrontal cortex dysfunction during a working
memory task, a phenomenon that is directly correlated with elevated dopamine in the striatum

Common genetic risk links premorbid social and personality deficits to schizophrenia
Children and adolescents who later develop schizophrenia present with abnormalities of social
adjustment and personality that are influenced by a common genetic risk

Disorganization should be distinguished from reality distortion in schizophrenia
Disorganization may represent a separate set of positive symptoms from reality distortion that is
independently linked to neurocognition in schizophrenia patients

Social Work

Approved social worker to approved mental health professional: evaluating the impact of
changes within education and training
The Mental Health Act 2007 (HM Government, 2007) replaced the approved social worker with
the approved mental health professional (AMHP), opening up the role to some nonsocial work

The association between childhood physical abuse and heart disease in adulthood:
Findings from a representative community sample
Although, the relationship between childhood physical abuse and adult heart disease has been
documented, very few studies have controlled for many of the known risk factors for heart


Books, Conferences,
Websites & Journal Tocs

Books and reports hot of the press
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Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2009/10 British Crime Survey: England and
Home Office

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective

Assertive Community Treatment: Evidence-based Practice or Managed Recovery

A Clinician's Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Treating Sexual Desire Disorders: A Clinical Casebook

Child-centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships
with Children

The Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum

Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact

Generalized Anxiety Disorders


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