Psychiatry

Electroconvulsive therapy effective for major depressive disorder

Electroconvulsive therapy effective for major depressive disorder

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Electroconvulsive therapy is effective for depression in patients with suicidal ideation and resistance to other treatments.

AAP recommendations for behavioral and emotional problems in young children

AAP recommendations for behavioral and emotional problems in young children

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Most young children with an emotional, behavioral, or relationship problem receive no interventions for their disorder.

Dementia rates decline over the last decade in the United States

Dementia rates decline over the last decade in the United States

The prevalence of dementia dropped about 24% between 2000 and 2012.

Depression limits adherence to COPD maintenance medications

Depression limits adherence to COPD maintenance medications

Older adults with depression are less likely to adhere to COPD maintenance medications regimens.

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.

Most antidepressants may be ineffective for children, adolescents

Most antidepressants may be ineffective for children, adolescents

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For children and teens diagnosed with depression, the benefits of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants may not outweigh the risks.

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

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Probuphine is the first buprenorphine implant approved for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.

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.

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

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Since 2002, the number of hospitalizations due to opioid abuse and dependence has increased by 72%.

Clozapine use and neutropenia

Clozapine use and neutropenia

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

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Young adults with sleep problems have increased risks of developing chronic pain and experiencing worsening in pain severity.

SSRIs and cardiovascular events—Is there a connection?

SSRIs and cardiovascular events—Is there a connection?

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A large study found that use of SSRI medications to treat depression does not increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients 20 to 64 years of age.

Link between obesity and depression in college-educated women

Link between obesity and depression in college-educated women

Women considered obese were more likely to have depression than women of a normal weight.

Ketamine treatment may benefit patients with depression

Ketamine treatment may benefit patients with depression

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Researchers saw improvement in 80% of patients treated with ketamine infusion therapy.

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

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The rate of misuse of prescription stimulants has risen among young adults despite the rate of prescriptions remaining the same.

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for autism screening in all children

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for autism screening in all children

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The USPSTF has found insufficient evidence to support screening all young children for autism spectrum disorder if a parent or clinician has no expressed concerns.

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

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Patients administered low doses of benzodiazepines have an elevated risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease compared with patients who received higher doses.

USPSTF recommends screening all adults for depression

USPSTF recommends screening all adults for depression

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The USPSTF has updated its 2009 depression screening guidelines, now recommending that all adults be screened for depression.

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

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For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.

Depression on the rise in residents and interns

Depression on the rise in residents and interns

Nearly 30% of medical residents and interns reported suffering from depression or depressive symptoms.

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase autism risk

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase autism risk

The offspring of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy had an 87% increased risk of developing autism.

When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

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In sleep studies, a partner's report of the patient's symptoms can be invaluable, but what if they're lying?

Pioglitazone may be beneficial for adults with depression

Pioglitazone may be beneficial for adults with depression

Insulin resistance and prediabetes may be an underlying cause in some cases of depression, according to a new study published in Psychiatry Research.

When suicide becomes personal

When suicide becomes personal

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Experiencing the grief of losing someone to suicide can bring a new perspective on the importance of suicide prevention resources.

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.

ADHD diagnosis 3 times as likely for children in foster care

ADHD diagnosis 3 times as likely for children in foster care

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Children in foster care are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and are more likely to have a comorbid disorder.

Depression is underdiagnosed in adolescents with diabetes

Depression is underdiagnosed in adolescents with diabetes

In adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the rates of diagnosed depression are lower than the number of patients reporting depressive symptoms.

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