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This is primarily so I can link to the reading I am doing, and blog posts I have made on these papers. It is in the form of a serial notebook.


January 2018.

There is a discussion of the genetics of schizophrenia in the main blog. On the health blog, there is a note that the Ketogenic diet is going to move to RCT trials against other diets. The British Journal of Psychiatry has a paper showing that less than half of those with Depression by DSM IV criteria get adequate treatment. In the first world: it is more like a quarter of people in the third world.


Genetics of Schizophrenia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry2003;60(12):1187-1192. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.60.12.1187

Ketosis paper:

JAMA. 2018;319(3):215-217. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20639

Treatment of MDE adequacy
The British Journal of Psychiatry Feb 2017, 210 (2) 119-124; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.188078

February 2018.

One of my students published a paper. A brief note of an editorial on suicide I wrote. A discussion of DSM 5 depression — noting the correlations with divorce and singlness were not discussed.


Baby M Gale C Swain N Communication skills training in the management of patient aggression and violence in healthcare, Aggression and Violent Behavior, 2018; 39: 67-82
Gale C Glue P (2018) How comprehensive is suicide risk assessment in the emergency department? [Editorial] New Zealand Medical Journal 131(1470) https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2018/vol-131-no-1470-23-february-2018/7490
Hasin DS, Sarvet AL, Meyers JL, Saha TD, Ruan WJ, Stohl M, Grant BF. Epidemiology of Adult DSM-5 Major Depressive Disorder and Its Specifiers in the United States. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online February 14, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4602

March 2018

I found one of those Finnish studies about risk factors that require the kind of data registers that simply don’t exist out of scandinavia, that found a sighificant correlation between cannabis and psychosis.


Mustonen, A., Niemelä, S., Nordström, T., Murray, G., Mäki, P., Jääskeläinen, E., & Miettunen, J. (2018). Adolescent cannabis use, baseline prodromal symptoms and the risk of psychosis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7. doi:10.1192/bjp.2017.52

April 2018

The suicide lecture, as usual triggered students. Badly. So I went and looked up the published rates for LGBTI suicide. There is, to my knowledge, no good data for New Zealand. (Multiple papers).

May 2018

I started May by looking at the correlation between creativity, particularly visual arts, and psychosis.


MacCabe, J., Sariaslan, A., Almqvist, C., Lichtenstein, P., Larsson, H., & Kyaga, S. (2018). Artistic creativity and risk for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and unipolar depression: A Swedish population-based case–control study and sib-pair analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7. doi:10.1192/bjp.2018.23