“Men and Mental Health” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) Men and Mental Health

In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem.1 However, men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health problems to loved ones.

While many of the same difficulties are experienced by both men and women, some difficulties and influences on mental health may be especially relevant for men.

2) Why are we surprised that therapy has its downsides?

Get help and get happy!” runs a tagline for one of the new generation of e-counselling services, offering psychotherapy by text, phone and video chat. Except it turns out that getting happy is by no means guaranteed to be therapy’s only outcome. One recent paper (which I found via the excellent Research Digest blog) estimates that, when it comes to cognitive behavioural therapy, 43% of clients will experience unwanted side-effects like distress, a deterioration in their symptoms, or strained family relations.

3) Happy with a 20% chance of sadness

Researchers are developing wristbands and apps to predict moods — but the technology has pitfalls as well as promise.

4) A Brief History of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy represents one of psychiatry’s most effective treatments—yet its use is widely.

5) Kanye West, Elon Musk, and the Complexities of Armchair Psychiatry

Commenting on the actions of public figures: Dr Jeffrey Lieberman discusses the 25th Amendment and the Goldwater Rule.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for some weekend quotes.

Best Regards,


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