“Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone!

I hope all of you had a nice weekend and recharged your batteries. Lets start our long week ahead with Best 5 Reads!

1) Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice

Researchers at the University of Sydney have found that many popular mHealth apps designed to help people with mental health concerns aren’t giving the right device on how and when to seek treatment.

2) Therapy dogs effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD, study finds

Researchers have found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

3) The Genetic Epidemiology of Treated Major Depression in Sweden

In a large national sample, the heritability of major depression was similar when estimated from twin and full/half-sibling designs. The heritability of major depression was greater in women than in men, with the two sexes sharing most but not all genetic risk factors. In affected individuals, genetic risk for major depression could be meaningfully assessed from commonly available clinical indices.

4) Omega-3 Fatty Acids Offer No Therapeutic Advantage Over Placebo for Adolescent Depression

These results challenge existing conceptions that omega-3 fatty acids may be effective in treating adolescent major depressive disorder.

5) Reward System Abnormalities in Anorexia Nervosa Navigating a Path Forward

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is associated with the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness as well as significant health care costs and lost wages. While there have been notable advances in understanding biobehavioral mechanisms of AN, the brain systems that underlie the illness remain poorly understood. Clinically, it is widely accepted that the critical first step in treatment is renourishment—that is, restoring individuals to a healthy body weight.

Yet knowing that the primary medical intervention is simply to eat does not, in itself, change behavior. In fact, even after full weight restoration, individuals with AN continue to restrict caloric and fat intake, which is associated with poor longer-term outcomes. The severity and persistence of this illness makes understanding the pathophysiology and neural mechanisms of AN a research priority.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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