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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Groundbreaking research making a difference to healthcare and policy

These pieces of research were selected from 'Research and psychiatry - making an impact'

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Dealing with the psychiatric symptoms of dementia

Newcastle University research discovered a type of drug to treat two types of dementia, for which there previously had been no effective treatment.

Treating depression in people with cancer

Edinburgh University research on major depressive disorder faced by cancer patients has influenced 2010 NICE guidance and improved the quality of life for thousands of patients.

Improving the treatment of personality disorder

Imperial College research on diagnosing personality disorder has led the WHO and the UK Government to rethinking their policies and directing resources to improving patient services. 

Protecting the wellbeing of UK armed forces

King's College research into the mental health consequences of deployment helped secure a pay increase for members of the UK’s armed forces and influenced a top-level military decision not to extend the length of operational tours.

Reducing the use of antipsychotics in dementia

King's College research on prescribing antipsychotics to patients with dementia, found serious physical side effects and dramatically reduced prescription rates by 52% between 2008-2011.

Stopping suicide and self-harm: changing painkillers on our shelves

Oxford University research discovered that hundreds of lives could be saved by simply changing the size of a pack of paracetamol.

Developing treatment for anxiety disorders

Oxford University research into panic and social anxiety disorder has been pivotal in developing new cognitive therapies to help sufferers.

The evidence behind psychological therapies

UCL research has supported fast access to evidence-based psychological therapies to adults with depression and anxiety, which represent the largest portion of mental health problems in the UK.

Understanding recreational drugs: public, policy and psychopharmacology

UCL research into recreational drugs kick-started the biggest online debate from a Channel 4 programme - “Drugs Live: the ecstasy trial” and has influenced policymakers around the world.
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