Where to Find Scientific Research Papers (And How to Tell if They’re Legit), Part I

A note from Brooke: This post is taking longer than anticipated, so I’m splitting it into two parts. This post will focus on where to find relevant research papers, while Part II will focus on the quality and legitimacy of those articles.   For most of my life, I struggled with the assumption that people…
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How to Read a Scientific Journal Part 2: What is “n”?

Part of the reason why I’m able learn what I’m learning is because my partner, Justin, is an academic. He’s built his career on reading, writing, and analyzing journal articles, which means he’s my first stop on the understanding research train. This is both great and terrible for me. On the one hand, I have…
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How to Read a Scientific Paper, Part 1: Systematic Review vs. Research vs. Meta-Analysis

When I first began speaking openly about long term antidepressant use and antidepressant withdrawal, it didn’t take long for me to be faced with a wall of academic journals and research papers. At first, my instinct was to read the abstract, get the gist of what I was trying to understand and move on. But…
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We need to learn how to be our own advocate.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am not a doctor. I am also not a researcher, pharmacist, or psychologist. I don’t have a PhD. Or a Masters. My Bachelor’s degree is in history. Not a specific part of history, but of all time. I’ve also got a culinary degree that ultimately…
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