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Social psychiatry, therapy and provision of mental health care

Section edited by Linda Davies

This is a broad section which covers general aspects of mental healthcare. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, internet in psychological research, behavior surveillance, epidemiology, psychiatric rehabilitation, health behavior, community mental health, work and mental health, occupational psychiatry and psychosocial risk factors. Epidemiology, assessment, and treatment/rehabilitation issues related to specific disorders covered by other sections are dealt with in the disorder specific sections.

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  1. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between adult ADHD screening scores and hospitalization due to pedestrian injuries in a sample of Iranian pedestrians.

    Authors: Alireza Sadeghpour, Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani, Saber Ghaffari-fam, Shaker Salarilak, Mostafa Farahbakhsh, Robert Ekman and Amin Daemi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:444

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  2. This longitudinal study identified risk factors for frequency of hospitalization among patients with any medical condition who had previously visited one of six Quebec (Canada) emergency departments (ED) at le...

    Authors: Louise Penzenstadler, Lia Gentil, Guy Grenier, Yasser Khazaal and Marie-Josée Fleury

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:431

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  3. Depression is associated with major patient burden. Its treatment requires complex and collaborative approaches. A stepped care model based on the German National Clinical Practice Guideline “Unipolar Depressi...

    Authors: Christian Brettschneider, Daniela Heddaeus, Maya Steinmann, Martin Härter, Birgit Watzke and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:427

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  4. The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological status of the general population in mainland China during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and to explore the factors influenc...

    Authors: Hua Yu, Mingli Li, Zhixiong Li, Weiyi Xiang, Yiwen Yuan, Yaya Liu, Zhe Li and Zhenzhen Xiong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:426

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  5. Mental illnesses pose a significant burden worldwide. Furthermore, the treatment gap for mental disorders is large. A contributor to this treatment gap is the perceived stigma towards mental illness. Besides i...

    Authors: Gregory Tee Hng Tan, Shazana Shahwan, Chong Min Janrius Goh, Wei Jie Ong, Ker-Chiah Wei, Swapna Kamal Verma, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:422

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  6. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation. It has been used in many mental health institutions to treat mental disorders worldwide. However, comprehensive k...

    Authors: Jiahui Deng, Yimiao Gong, Xiao Lin, Yanping Bao, Hongqiang Sun and Lin Lu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:416

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  7. Young people have a higher prevalence of loneliness than other age groups, and they are also at risk of depression. Quantitative studies describe a bidirectional association between loneliness and depression, ...

    Authors: Louis Achterbergh, Alexandra Pitman, Mary Birken, Eiluned Pearce, Herman Sno and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:415

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  8. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with a high risk of involuntary psychiatric in-patient hospitalization both on the individual level and on the level of mental health services and t...

    Authors: O. Karasch, M. Schmitz-Buhl, R. Mennicken, J. Zielasek and E. Gouzoulis-Mayfrank

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:401

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  9. Since its legalisation in 2002, the number of times euthanasia has been carried out in response to requests from adults with psychiatric conditions (APC) has continued to increase. However, little is known abo...

    Authors: Monica Verhofstadt, Kurt Audenaert, Kris Van den Broeck, Luc Deliens, Freddy Mortier, Koen Titeca, Koen Pardon, Dirk De Bacquer and Kenneth Chambaere

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:400

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  10. In 2016, the Western Norway Regional Health Authority started to integrate more evidence-based psychosocial interventions into the existing mental health care, emphasizing the right for persons with psychosis ...

    Authors: Christine H. Oedegaard, Larry Davidson, Brynjulf Stige, Marius Veseth, Anne Blindheim, Linda Garvik, Jan-Magne Sørensen, Øystein Søraa and Ingunn Marie Stadskleiv Engebretsen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:399

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  11. Considering the prevalence of endometriosis and consequent depression and anxiety as well as the resultant effects on the body, mind, and quality of life of patients, this study aimed to determine the effects ...

    Authors: Nooshin Farshi, Shirin Hasanpour, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Khalil Esmaeilpour

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:391

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  12. The development of child psychiatric services in China has been slow and very limited resources have been allocated to support its growth. This study set out to investigate the child and adolescent inpatient p...

    Authors: Feng Geng, Feng Jiang, Jeffrey Rakofsky, Tingfang Liu, Yuanli Liu, Huanzhong Liu and Yi-lang Tang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:398

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  13. To date, the psychological impact of COVID-19 epidemic among family members of health care workers (HCWs) in China has been neglected. This cross-sectional study investigates the mental health status and relat...

    Authors: Yuchen Ying, Liemin Ruan, Fanqian Kong, Binbin Zhu, Yunxin Ji and Zhongze Lou

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:379

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  14. More than 120,000 refugees and asylum seekers are currently living in Switzerland. The prevalence of mental disorders among this population is significantly higher than that in the general population. While ef...

    Authors: Nikolai Kiselev, Naser Morina, Matthis Schick, Birgit Watzke, Ulrich Schnyder and Monique C. Pfaltz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:378

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  15. Although the Belgian assessment pathway for legal euthanasia requires the engagement of at least one psychiatrist, little is known about psychiatrists’ attitudes towards euthanasia for adults with psychiatric ...

    Authors: Monica Verhofstadt, Kurt Audenaert, Kris Van den Broeck, Luc Deliens, Freddy Mortier, Koen Titeca, Koen Pardon and Kenneth Chambaere

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:374

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  16. Contemporary health policy is shifting towards remotely delivered care. A growing need to provide effective and accessible services, with maximal population reach has stimulated demand for flexible and efficie...

    Authors: Cintia L. Faija, Janice Connell, Charlotte Welsh, Kerry Ardern, Elinor Hopkin, Judith Gellatly, Kelly Rushton, Claire Fraser, Annie Irvine, Christopher J. Armitage, Paul Wilson, Peter Bower, Karina Lovell and Penny Bee

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:371

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  17. Befriending is a popular form of volunteering in healthcare, and research suggests that it can be beneficial for people with mental illness. This study aimed to explore the experiences of a large sample of vol...

    Authors: Erin Burn, Agnes Chevalier, Monica Leverton and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:368

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  18. Employment is good for physical and mental health, however people with severe mental illness (SMI) are often excluded from employment. Standard Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is effective in supporting...

    Authors: Susan Prior, Donald Maciver, Randi W. Aas, Bonnie Kirsh, Annika Lexen, Lana van Niekerk, Linda Irvine Fitzpatrick and Kirsty Forsyth

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:361

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  19. Recently, many studies have investigated the role of migration on mental health. Nonetheless, only few focused on the consequences of childhood trauma, hopelessness, and resilience on migrants’ psychopathology...

    Authors: Eleonora Gambaro, Martina Mastrangelo, Marco Sarchiapone, Debora Marangon, Carla Gramaglia, Camilla Vecchi, Chiara Airoldi, Concetta Mirisola, Gianfranco Costanzo, Silvia Bartollino, Francesca Baralla and Patrizia Zeppegno

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:358

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  20. In the past decades, considerable global attention has been drawn to recovery services that seek to promote the personal recovery journey of consumers with mental illness. However, in most settings, including ...

    Authors: Naomi Gyamfi, Eric Badu, Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah and Isaac Mensah

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:355

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  21. Pathological social withdrawal, named “Hikikomori,” is a Japanese culture-bound syndrome and a serious social problem in Japan. The number of Hikikomori cases in Japan was estimated at about 563,000 in 2016 ac...

    Authors: Hissei Imai, Toko Takamatsu, Hideaki Mitsuya, Hajime Yoshizawa, Hidehiko Mitsuya and Toshi A. Furukawa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:352

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  22. A high number of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) do not receive cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention, which is the most effective treatment for OCD. Therefore, M...

    Authors: Franziska Miegel, Cüneyt Demiralay, Steffen Moritz, Janina Wirtz, Birgit Hottenrott and Lena Jelinek

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:350

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. High rates of mental distress, mental illness, and the associated physical effects of psychological injury experienced by ambulance personnel has been widely reported in quantitative research. However, there i...

    Authors: Sharon Lawn, Louise Roberts, Eileen Willis, Leah Couzner, Leila Mohammadi and Elizabeth Goble

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:348

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  24. Health services utilization for mental health disorders is reported to increase sharply in many countries. The aim of this study was to report trends in all aspects of mental health care utilization in a total...

    Authors: T. Forslund, K. Kosidou, S. Wicks and C. Dalman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:328

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  25. Little is known about the public stigma on mental illness and mental health knowledge (MHK) in China, public stigma and low MHK can negatively affect patients’ health and increase the burden of mental disorder...

    Authors: Huifang Yin, Klaas J. Wardenaar, Guangming Xu, Hongjun Tian and Robert A. Schoevers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:323

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  26. Patients within psychiatric rehabilitation services have multiple, complex and enduring difficulties, and are frequently described as ‘treatment resistant’. This group have diagnoses of major mental health con...

    Authors: Audrey Millar, Liesbeth Tip, Ruth Lennon, Marlene Macinnes, Beata Michalska, Stephen M Lawrie and Matthias Schwannauer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:322

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  27. Social inclusion is essential for an adequate rehabilitation process for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Various supported housing settings aim to promote housing competencies and social inclusion in...

    Authors: Christine Adamus, Sonja Mötteli, Matthias Jäger and Dirk Richter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:319

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  28. Refugee populations have particularly high rates of mental health problems, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. However, uptake of mental health care may be low even when severe depr...

    Authors: Shameran Slewa-Younan, Molly McKenzie, Russell Thomson, Mitchell Smith, Yaser Mohammad and Jonathan Mond

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:314

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  29. Families can experience the postpartum period as overwhelming and many report a special need for support. The Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) aims to promote a positive parent-infant relationship by sensi...

    Authors: Ragnhild Sørensen Høifødt, Dag Nordahl, Inger Pauline Landsem, Gábor Csifcsák, Agnes Bohne, Gerit Pfuhl, Kamilla Rognmo, Hanne C. Braarud, Arnold Goksøyr, Vibeke Moe, Kari Slinning and Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson Wang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:300

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  30. Telemedicine is a strategy for overcoming barriers to access evidence-based psychotherapy. Digital modalities that operate outside session-based treatment formats, such as ongoing two-way messaging, may furthe...

    Authors: Thomas D. Hull, Matteo Malgaroli, Philippa S. Connolly, Seth Feuerstein and Naomi M. Simon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:297

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  31. Improving education level was evidenced to decrease the risk of schizophrenia, but whether this strength of education role depends on gender is not. This study aimed to investigate whether there was gender dif...

    Authors: Yanan Luo, Lihua Pang, Yihao Zhao, Chao Guo, Lei Zhang and Xiaoying Zheng

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:296

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  32. Involuntary treatment for individuals who lack sufficient capacity to make informed decisions regarding treatment has been associated with increased rates of injectable antipsychotics, antipsychotic polytherap...

    Authors: Amanda J. Wheeler, Jie Hu, Caitlin Profitt, Sara S. McMillan and Theo Theodoros

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:294

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  33. This study aimed to identify predictors and perceived facilitators of positive change and posttraumatic growth in persons with a first episode of psychosis using a mixed methods convergent design.

    Authors: Gerald Jordan, Ashok Malla and Srividya N. Iyer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:289

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  34. There is a need of comprehensive standardized diagnostic assessment tools of psychopathology that match recent changes in diagnostic classification systems, such as the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statis...

    Authors: Jana Hoyer, Catharina Voss, Jens Strehle, John Venz, Lars Pieper, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Stefan Ehrlich and Katja Beesdo-Baum

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:280

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  35. The underestimation of depression among men may result from atypical depression symptoms and male help-seeking behaviour. However, higher suicide rates among men than among women indicate a need for gender-spe...

    Authors: Maja Stiawa, Annabel Müller-Stierlin, Tobias Staiger, Reinhold Kilian, Thomas Becker, Harald Gündel, Petra Beschoner, Achim Grinschgl, Karel Frasch, Max Schmauß, Maria Panzirsch, Lea Mayer, Elisa Sittenberger and Silvia Krumm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:276

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  36. Consumer peer workers are individuals with lived experience of mental health issues and recovery who are employed to use their lived experience to support others. The consumer peer workforce has expanded subst...

    Authors: Justin Newton Scanlan, Megan Still, Jae Radican, Daya Henkel, Tim Heffernan, Peter Farrugia, Jemima Isbester and Jessica English

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:270

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  37. Pregnancy and parenthood have been associated with physical and mental health. Previous literature concerning the impacts of parity on mental health was inconsistent and lack epidemiolocal evidence. China, wit...

    Authors: Hanyu Wang, Minne Chen, Tong Xin and Kun Tang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:267

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  38. Whilst any type of bereavement can be traumatic, bereavement through violent or sudden causes is associated with more severe negative health and wellbeing outcomes compared to other types of loss. Social suppo...

    Authors: H. R. Scott, A. Pitman, P. Kozhuharova and B. Lloyd-Evans

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:265

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  39. Depression is considered a mental health-related disability that affects approximately 350 million people worldwide. On the other hand, it is estimated that 15% of the world’s population lives with some form o...

    Authors: Joshuan J. Barboza, Anderson N. Soriano-Moreno, Anthony Copez-Lonzoy, Josmel Pacheco-Mendoza and Carlos J. Toro-Huamanchumo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:253

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  40. Loneliness has not until recently been a prominent focus in research on outcomes of mental illness. The aim of this study was to determine whether loneliness at baseline predicts poor outcomes at 4-month follo...

    Authors: Jingyi Wang, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Louise Marston, Farhana Mann, Ruimin Ma and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:249

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  41. Collaborative interprofessional practices are essential in caring for people with complex mental health problems. Despite the difficulties of demonstrating positive impacts of interprofessional education (IPE)...

    Authors: Michael Marcussen, Birgitte Nørgaard, Karen Borgnakke and Sidse Arnfred

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:236

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  42. The implementation of evidence-based interventions for borderline personality disorder in community settings is important given that individuals with this diagnosis are often extensive users of both inpatient ...

    Authors: Daniel Flynn, Mary Joyce, Conall Gillespie, Mary Kells, Michaela Swales, Ailbhe Spillane, Justina Hurley, Aoife Hayes, Edel Gallagher, Ella Arensman and Mareike Weihrauch

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:235

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  43. Socioeconomic inequality in mental health in Iran is poorly understood. This study aimed to assess socioeconomic inequality in poor mental health among Iranian adults.

    Authors: Farid Najafi, Yahya Pasdar, Behzad Karami Matin, Satar Rezaei, Ali Kazemi Karyani, Shahin Soltani, Moslem Soofi, Shahab Rezaeian, Alireza Zangeneh, Mehdi Moradinazar, Behrooz Hamzeh, Zahra Jorjoran Shushtari, Mansour sajjadipour, Saeid Eslami, Maryam khosrojerdi, Sahar Shabestari…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:229

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