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Psychiatric comorbid conditions may impact quality of life in bipolar disorder

Psychiatric comorbid conditions may impact quality of life in bipolar disorder

Patients with greater clinical symptom severity had lower quality of life and higher functional impairment.

News Mobile apps for bipolar disorder may not address consumer needs

Mobile apps for bipolar disorder may not address consumer needs

Reviews containing "wishlists" indicate that consumer needs are not adequately addressed by the apps that are currently available.

News Monotherapy and combined therapy for bipolar II disorder have similar responses

Monotherapy and combined therapy for bipolar II disorder have similar responses

The findings show no significant difference among sertraline monotherapy, lithium monotherapy, or a combination of the 2 medications.

News Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Serum concentration levels of several antidepressants were lower in cigarette smokers compared with nonsmokers.

News Lithium not linked to increased cancer risk in patients with bipolar disorder

Lithium not linked to increased cancer risk in patients with bipolar disorder

No difference was observed in risk of overall cancer in patients with bipolar disorder who use lithium, compared with the general population.

News Off-label antidepressant prescriptions not supported by strong scientific evidence

Off-label antidepressant prescriptions not supported by strong scientific evidence

For many off-label indications, the prescribed drug is often not supported by strong evidence for the respective indication.

Healthday Ketamine may benefit certain patients for treatment of mood disorders

Ketamine may benefit certain patients for treatment of mood disorders

Appropriate patient section for ketamine treatment should include diagnostic considerations and assessment of other medical, psychological, and social factors.

Healthday Patients with a mental health disorder more likely to refuse pharmacotherapy

Patients with a mental health disorder more likely to refuse pharmacotherapy

Differences in refusal rates for pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy were particularly evident for depressive disorders, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

News Postpartum depression incidence declining

Postpartum depression incidence declining

Reducing postpartum depression involves universal screening and appropriate referral and treatment by clinicians.

Feature Schizophrenia: a clinical overview

Schizophrenia: a clinical overview

A better understanding of this complicated condition is key to helping patients reduce symptoms, maximize quality of life, and improve adaptive functioning skills.

News Prestroke psychosocial factors linked to poststroke depression risk in women

Prestroke psychosocial factors linked to poststroke depression risk in women

Women with a good recovery after stroke and a moderate level of optimism had a 0.40‐fold reduction in the odds of developing new-onset poststroke depression.

News Atypical antipsychotic therapy with mood stabilizers effective after bipolar episode

Atypical antipsychotic therapy with mood stabilizers effective after bipolar episode

Atypical antipsychotic adjunctive therapy and mood stabilizers may be a more effective treatment than mood stabilizer monotherapy.

Healthday Depression is often untreated in dialysis patients

Depression is often untreated in dialysis patients

Depression is common in patients receiving chronic hemodialysis but seems to be ineffectively treated.

News Anxiety and depression may have predictive role in cancer mortality

Anxiety and depression may have predictive role in cancer mortality

Researchers measured vital status records to ascertain death from 16 site-specific malignancies.

Feature Managing bipolar disorder: pharmacologic options for treatment

Managing bipolar disorder: pharmacologic options for treatment

Lithium has been the mainstay of treatment for decades, but several other classes of medication have recently been used with varying degrees of success.

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