At his Furious Seasons blog, Philip Dawdy raises lots of issues about a recent research paper in Archives of General Psychiatry on the subject of child bipolar disorder. While he calls his points “quibbles”, they are illustrative of some wider issues corroding research into mental health.
Key failings in the research paper include the omission of important detail about the study, the extrapolation of limited findings to broadly-drawn conclusions, and the lack of adequate control by editors and peer reviewers who allowed publication.
You can read the entire article here (with a link to the research paper): 14 Problems With Geller Study Of Child Bipolar Disorder
I’m planning to highlight research that’s badly designed, badly performed, or badly reported on a regular basis here in the future, but meanwhile, it’s time to add a blogroll to this site, with Furious Seasons as the first entry in it.
Describing his blog’s objectives, Philip Dawdy explains:
What I am trying to do is get Americans of every stripe to think about mental illness in a different way. I am also hoping to get the mentally-ill to think about their own plight in more expansive ways that they will ever hear from their doctor or therapist.
Much of what Philip writes is important here in the UK, too, and for therapists as well as patients.