Why are therapists slow to adopt outcomes measures?

What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know: Big data as transformed everything from sports to politics to education. Entrance for mental health treatment, to-if only psychologists would stop ignoring it was published by the Atlantic magazine in the April, 2017 issue. This article, written by a therapist, discusses her very personal efforts, in response to the tragic death of a patient, to try to make her therapy more effective. She goes on to review use of outcomes measurement tools in therapy, including “psychotherapy metrics” which are used to create algorithms predicting when patients are at risk of deterioration.

International group begins work on alternative to DSM system

“Researchers proposed new diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders” reports on the work of a consortium of 50 psychologists and psychologists around the world who are developing a new diagnostic model to replace the DSM 5.  They view the SM five as “far too conservative” and as failing to “recognize and incorporate important scientific evidence.”

Study questions long term benefits of ADHD medications

Study questions benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications was posted by Medical News Today on 3-15-17. This study followed more than 500 children with ADHD into adulthood and found that long-term use of stimulant medication was associated with “suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD.”  The study concluded that “short-term treatment of ADHD was stimulant medication is well justified by benefits that outweigh costs, but long-term treatment may be associated with growth related costs that may not be balanced by symptom related benefits.”