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New evidence this month on trauma and psychotic experiences, antipsychotic combinations for schizophrenia, and what happens before, during and after coercion.
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Trauma and psychotic experiences
1st December 2017

Trauma and psychotic experiences: results from a transnational survey

Today Marcus Tan and William Lee publish their debut elf blog on a new paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which investigates the association between traumatic events and subsequent psychotic experiences.
Popular Blogs This Month
Psychiatrists and psychologists: who are they and what do they do?

Pamela Jacobsen and Golnar Aref ask themselves "Who do they think we are?" as they reflect on a recent qualitative study about public perceptions of psychiatrists and psychologists.
Antipsychotic combinations for schizophrenia: safe and effective?

Elena Marcus presents the findings of an updated Cochrane review on antipsychotic combinations for schizophrenia.
“Treat me with respect”. What happens before, during and after coercion?

John Baker takes a look at a recent systematic review and thematic analysis, which explores psychiatric patients’ reported perceptions of the situations associated with the process of coercion.
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