Mental Health

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Suicide prevention: restricting access to lethal means is effective

Suicide prevention: restricting access to lethal means is effective

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While many suicide prevention techniques are effective, others have not been proven to be beneficial.

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

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Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.

CBT in primary care settings benefits adolescents diagnosed with depression

CBT in primary care settings benefits adolescents diagnosed with depression

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Teenagers assigned to receive CBT treatment recovered 8 weeks faster than those receiving only standard care.

Caring for veterans with PTSD

Caring for veterans with PTSD

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Post traumatic stress disorder can occur in anyone, but is most common among military veterans, who experience PTSD at a staggering rate.

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

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Female veterans who served in Vietnam developed PTSD at a significantly higher rate than women who served at bases near Vietnam or in the US, says JAMA Psychiatry.

Same-day mental health services improve PTSD treatment for vets

Same-day mental health services improve PTSD treatment for vets

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Veterans with PTSD who are screened with same-day integrated mental health services are more likely to be treated appropriately, says research published in Psychiatry Services.

Modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

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Research reveals that focus on diet, mental health, and lifestyle may help lower the number of new cases of Alzheimer's disease.

Diagnosing anxiety 
disorders in primary care

Diagnosing anxiety 
disorders in primary care

The challenge associated with assessing for anxiety disorders is that the clinical features of one disorder can closely resemble those of another.

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Use of a new designer drug, a synthetic version of cathinone, appears to be on the rise.

Understanding the 
changes in DSM-5

Understanding the 
changes in DSM-5

The latest revision of the diagnostic manual does away with the complex 
multiaxial organization in favor of a simpler chapter order of disorders.

White House strengthens insurance coverage for mental illness

White House strengthens insurance coverage for mental illness

Enforcement of 2008 law will require insurers to treat mental illness the same as physical illness.

Be specific when screening teens

Be specific when screening teens

Teenagers often give vague answers when asked about sensitive topics like substance abuse or suicide.

Providing appropriate mental health care for low-income patients

Providing appropriate mental health care for low-income patients

How do I do what is best for the patient if the patient cannot afford a higher level of treatment?

Recognizing and treating PTSD in primary care

Recognizing and treating PTSD in primary care

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As more military personnel return to the United States with PTSD symptoms, now is the perfect time to refresh our knowledge on treating this disorder.

Combating patient stress in primary care

Combating patient stress in primary care

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Many patients are so overwhelmed with the day-to-day activities of life that health takes a back seat.

Stress counseling 
lacking in primary care

Stress counseling 
lacking in primary care

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Stress-management counseling is the least common type of counseling provided by primary-care clinicians, study shows.

FDA withdraws generic Budeprion

FDA withdraws generic Budeprion

In head-to-head study, Budeprion XL 300 mg not therapeutically equivalent to brand-name Wellbutrin XL 150 mg.

Sadness increases subjective experience of pain

Sadness increases subjective experience of pain

Patients that experienced pain in a sad emotional context reported higher subjective pain scores than in neutral or happy contexts, results of a small study show.

Common etiology ID'd for autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Common etiology ID'd for autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Having a first-degree relative with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder increases risk for autism spectrum disorders.

Eating disorder symptoms evident in older women

Eating disorder symptoms evident in older women

As many as 71.2% of women aged 50 years and older who participated in an online survey reported that they were trying to lose weight and 13% reported at least one eating disorder symptom.

Asking teens about uncertainties helps ID depression

Asking teens about uncertainties helps ID depression

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Assessing mental health in primary care can be daunting, especially if community resources are scarce and your patient has limited finances.

Treating the complete patient

Treating the complete patient

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With our heavy schedules, it is often easier to focus on the task at hand. But is this really providing our patients with the best care?

Antidepressants during pregnancy can be perfectly safe

Antidepressants during pregnancy can be perfectly safe

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Patients must understand that depression during pregnancy can be more risky to the mother and child than antidepressant use.

Treating sleep disorders with bright light therapy

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Try bright light therapy before sleep medications or stimulants for patients with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.

Anxiety, depression prevalent in patients with arthritis

Anxiety, depression prevalent in patients with arthritis

One-third of U.S. adults with physician-diagnosed arthritis report having anxiety or depression.

AHA: Depression linked to PAD

AHA: Depression linked to PAD

Patients with depression are significantly more likely to have peripheral artery disease (PAD), and PAD-related events, research shows.

Choosing an SSRI

What are the differences in side effects and responses to the available SSRIs?

Vets with PTSD more likely to receive opioids

Vets with PTSD more likely to receive opioids

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder are more likely to be prescribed opioids for pain and are at higher risk for adverse events with the medications than veterans without a mental health diagnosis.

Maternal antidepressants up infant pulmonary hypertension risk

Maternal antidepressants up infant pulmonary hypertension risk

Pregnant women who take antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be increasing their child's risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.

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