After 30 years, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy continues to gain support as a beneficial treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions, especially post-traumatic stress disorder.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is commonly observed in medical settings, with a prevalence of up to 14% compared with 2% to 4% in the general population.1 Various studies have found rates of 12% to 18% in patients with diabetes, 15% to 23% in those with coronary heart disease, 23% to 54% in patients with multiple…
Currently, there is an unmet need for the development of rapid-acting antidepressants aimed at treatment-resistant patients with either major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar disorder. A review of existing treatment options, as well as future possibilities, was published in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.1 Approximately 320 million people worldwide are affected by MDD, with a noted…
Peer support is recognized by such bodies as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the American Psychiatric Association as a valuable component of recovery-oriented services within systems of care.
Researcher data showed that the boundaries to successful treatment in depression in patients who are minorities are varied, but that there are certain predisposing factors such as adverse childhood events and genetics.
Researchers in Germany found that metacognitive intervention is effective in schizophrenia, specifically for patients with schizophrenia who make quick conclusions with their thoughts that in turn reinforce their delusions. They have created and implemented the use of a computer application to facilitate metacognitive intervention, which they believe is effective for patients with mental illness.
The number of deaths by suicide in spring 2019 highlighted the ripple effects of violence and sparked reports that a phenomenon called “suicide contagion” may have been a contributing factor in these incidents.
Researchers found that there a many factors that contribute to nonadherence to antipsychotic medication in patients with schizophrenia, including the patient’s perception that the physician is in alliance with their family, rather than listening to what he or she wants. Physicians who were interviewed by Psychiatry Advisor recommend listening to what is important to the patient. Weight gain associated with medications might be unacceptable to some patients, or medication-induced somnolence, which to some could be intolerable, might help severe insomnia in others.
Researchers found data to support the benefits of proactively helping patients with schizophrenia quit smoking, including the idea to try to create a substitute that would give patients the benefits that they find by self-medicating with cigarettes, but without the unhealthy adverse effects.
As rates of physician burnout continue to climb, a diverse group of researchers weigh in on enhancing resilience and particularly emphasize enlightening educators about how resilience develops during residency.
When combined with other serotonergic agents, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can lead to a potentially fatal condition called serotonin syndrome, the incidence of which is likely underestimated.
A team of investigators from both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed data on thousands of inactive ingredients in approved medications to further characterize them and enhance our knowledge of their safety.
Researchers believe that data show stress impairs the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and sympathetic nervous system, causing inflammation that is the link between type 2 diabetes mellitus and depression.
In a draft report issued December 28, 2018 by the US Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, recommendations for a multidisciplinary approach to pain management were formulated.
The complexities of today’s high-tech methods of communication, data sharing, and data storage lay practices open to unforeseen and constantly changing threats, requiring vigilance and training of medical staff.