“Apps May Promote Overdiagnosis of Mental Health Conditions” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Lets start this week with another edition of Best 5 Reads. I hope you will find them useful.

1) Apps May Promote Overdiagnosis of Mental Health Conditions

Mobile apps that offer advice on managing mental health may ‘medicalize’ normal ups and downs and encourage the overdiagnosis of certain conditions, the results of a new study suggest.

2) Depression Screening Rates Up, but Still Fall Far Short

The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all primary care patients for depression. Have these recommendations improved screening rates? Yes, but not nearly enough.

3) To be resilient, face tragedy with humour and flexibility

People who are resilient tend to be flexible – flexible in the way that they think about challenges, and flexible in the way that they react emotionally to stress. They are not wedded to a specific style of coping. Instead, they shift from one coping strategy to another depending upon the circumstances. Many are able to accept what they cannot change; to learn from failure; to use emotions such as grief and anger to fuel compassion and courage; and to search for opportunity and meaning in adversity.

4) Putting Patients in the Physician’s Seat

Apple recently rolled out a new addition to its Health app, granting hundreds of patients access to their medical history.

5) Electroconvulsive Therapy Improves Global Cognition in Bipolar Disorder

These data confirm the efficacy of ECT in treating mania and indicate that ultrabrief right unilateral ECT specifically may be useful for improving the symptoms and global cognition of patients with bipolar disorder.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for another edition of Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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