Suicide Behavior to Be Included as a DSM-5 Diagnosis Paul King, MD Parkwood Behavioral Health System, Olive Branch, Mississippi The DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group is looking into including suicide behavioral disorder (SBD) in the forthcoming DSM-5.1 The goal of including this diagnosis is to increase awareness of the need to improve clinicians’ ability to […]
The Current Crisis of Confidence in Antidepressants Two recent events in the field of psychiatry have captured the attention of the lay media: (1) the results of research examining the efficacy of antidepressants for patients with mild-to-moderate depression and (2) the FDA requirement that antidepressants carry a black box warning regarding suicidal thinking and behavior […]
Epidemiology of Pain and Physical Symptoms in Patients With Depression Prevalence of Chronic Painful Physical Condition (CPPC) by Age Group in People With Major Depressive Disorder Individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) often present with a variety of somatic symptoms in addition to the common emotional symptoms.1 Somatic symptoms include not only fatigue […]
Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania Guidelines for Treating Manic Episodes When the American Psychiatric Association (APA) last revised their guidelines for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder in 2002,1 the recommended first-line treatment for more severe manic or mixed states was a combination of lithium or valproate and an atypical antipsychotic.
Predictors of Psychiatric Inpatient Suicide: A National Prospective Register-Based Study Objective: To study the incidence and risk factors of psychiatric inpatient suicide within a national cohort representing all psychiatric hospital admissions. Method: This national prospective register-based study followed all psychiatric hospital admissions in Denmark from the date of patient admission until patient discharge or inpatient […]
Chronically Depressed? What to Do When Antidepressants Don’t Work The range of options includes cognitive behavioral therapy and brain stimulation techniques like ECT By SARAH BALDAUF Posted: November 6, 2009 Last winter, confined to bed by intense sadness, exhaustion, and headaches, the University of Kansas student found herself considering suicide. Desperate after a years-long […]
Mental Illness Affects Women, Men Differently, Study Finds Women tend to exhibit depression, anxiety; men may develop substance abuse, antisocial disorders Certain types of mental illnesses affect either men or women more often, a new study indicates. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with substance abuse or antisocial disorders while women are […]
Depression is one version of hell on earth, and Americans have a lot of it. A recent international study of 18 countries found America near the top, with 19.2 percent of the population having experienced depression — only France, at 21 percent, ranked higher. With our tottering health care system and vigorous arguments that antidepressants […]
DEPRESSION TAKES TOLL AT WORK, TOO Depression can affect all aspects of a person’s life, but a recent analysis shows that even slight signs of the condition can chip away at productive hours at work.