Psychiatric Disorders

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.

Smoking while pregnant increases risk of schizophrenia in offspring

Smoking while pregnant increases risk of schizophrenia in offspring

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Mothers who heavily used tobacco during pregnancy increased the risk of their children developing schizophrenia.

Antidepressants regularly prescribed for off-label indications

Antidepressants regularly prescribed for off-label indications

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Antidepressant use for anxiety, panic, and ADHD has increased.

Clozapine use and neutropenia

Clozapine use and neutropenia

Low dose lithium can bring return absolute neutrophil count (ANC) to normal levels.

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.

CBT, antidepressants equally effective in treating major depressive disorder, per ACP guideline

CBT, antidepressants equally effective in treating major depressive disorder, per ACP guideline

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Moderate-quality evidence shows that both methods are efficacious in treating MDD.

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.

Overweight, obesity more likely in women with PTSD

Overweight, obesity more likely in women with PTSD

Body mass index gains more rapid among women with at least four symptoms of PTSD.

Critics question DSM-5 methodology, transparency

Critics question DSM-5 methodology, transparency

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Widespread over-diagnosis of certain conditions with new criteria among top concerns.

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.

Depression during pregnancy increases depression risk in offspring

Depression during pregnancy increases depression risk in offspring

Maternal education moderates the effects of postnatal, but not antenatal depression.

FDA investigating death of two patients on Zyprexa

FDA investigating death of two patients on Zyprexa

The FDA is looking into the cause of death of two patients who died several days after receiving injections of Zyprexa Relprevv.

CDC: Mental disorders on the rise in U.S. youth

CDC: Mental disorders on the rise in U.S. youth

As many as one-in-five U.S. children and teens experience a mental disorder.

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.

ADHD symptoms stable in early life despite meds

ADHD symptoms stable in early life despite meds

Medication status does not predict change in symptom severity among young children with moderate-to-severe ADHD.

Treating a paranoiac for dementia

Treating a paranoiac for dementia

What is the recommended treatment for patients diagnosed with dementia who are suffering with paranoia and/or hallucinations?

Postpartum depression in a primary-care setting

Postpartum depression in a primary-care setting

Experienced by up to one in five mothers, postpartum depression often goes untreated. Learn what risk factors to be alert for.

ADHD & antisocial personality disorder: Minimizing the risks

ADHD & antisocial personality disorder: Minimizing the risks

Around 20% of pediatric patients with ADHD will develop antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.

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.

Options for treating an anxious and depressed alcoholic

What is the best treatment option for a 50-year-old woman with major depression, alcoholism and general anxiety disorder.

Antipsychotic meds increase MI risk in dementia patients

Antipsychotic meds increase MI risk in dementia patients

Modest, time-limited risk for myocardial infarction observed in older patients taking antipsychotic medications and cholinesterase inhibitors for dementia.

Choosing an SSRI

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

Depression treatment in an overweight recent ex-smoker

Which antidepressant would you recommend for a woman aged 47 years who presents with depressed mood, low energy, decreased motivation and hypersomnia?

Chantix linked to cardiovascular, psychiatric adverse events

The FDA recently announced a labeling change for the smoking-cessation aid varenicline (Chantix) concerning cardiovascular risks.

Antipsychotic causes severe allergic reactions

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The FDA is warning health care providers about reports of type 1 hypersensitivity reactions among patients taking the antipsychotic asenapine maleate (Saphris), with some cases occurring at first dose.

Arrhythmia risk with high-dose citalopram, FDA warns

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The FDA lowered the maximum dose of the antidepressant citalopram hydrobromide (Celexa) from 60 mg per day to 40 mg per day, after concerns that higher doses of the medication increase the risk for cardiac arrhythmia without offering therapeutic benefits.

FDA warns against combining methylene blue, linezolid with SSRIs

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Clinicians should not administer methylene blue or linezolid, two reversible monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs), to patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) due to risk for serious central nervous system reactions.

Salvia: A treatment option for depression and mental illness?

Salvia: A treatment option for depression and mental illness?

Despite salvia's growing notoriety as a hallucinogenic drug abused by teenagers, the herb has medicinal properties and has been used to treat various ailments including diarrhea, headache, rheumatism and mental illnesses.

Advice for switching selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

When switching selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), what is the best way to wean off of one before starting a new prescription?

Primary care settings front line in battle against military children's psychosocial issues

For the first time in the history of war, the number of psychological injuries has exceeded physical wounds. Primary care clinicians should be on guard for signs and symptoms of behavioral problems in returning troops and their children.

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