Medication Helps Some With Mild Depression People with mild depression may benefit from antidepressants, suggests a new meta-analysis. Some earlier reports had suggested that antidepressants generally only improve mood in people with severe depression. But that might be because those studies weren’t precise enough to pick up on smaller changes in symptoms that can […]
Anyone working in the mental health field will recognize that in patients with extreme irritability, explosive behavior, or quick mood changes, bipolar disorder (BD) is often unquestionably diagnosed. Thus, it is no surprise that a recent US study indicated a 10-year 40-fold increase in BD diagnosis in pediatric patients.1 A mental health monster Three […]
Best Antidepressant May Depend on Patient: Study Large evidence review finds newer brands work equally well Newer antidepressants seem to be about as effective as one another, a new analysis indicates. This suggests that the choice of which drug is appropriate for which patient should be made on the basis of such considerations […]
Psychodermatology: When the Mind and Skin Interact Psychodermatology is a relatively new discipline in psychosomatic medicine. It is the interaction between mind and skin. The two disciplines are interconnected at the embryonal level through ectoderm. There is a complex interplay between skin and the neuroendocrine and immune systems. Skin responds to both endogenous and […]
Deaths From Abuse of Painkillers Triple in a Decade: CDC Almost two-thirds of overdose deaths are from opioid pain relievers, agency says The number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses has tripled in a decade, hitting a peak of 36,000 fatalities in 2008, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
Children With Head Injuries Can Face Lifetime of Problems Children can face a lifetime of problems after suffering head injuries from falls, car accidents and other mishaps, according to a new study. From communication deficits to trouble with daily self-care, the effects of moderate to severe brain injuries can lead to “substantial long-term […]
What Citalopram Tells Us About Prescribing Practices With all the justifiable concerns about our next DSM, I frankly have more concerns about treatment. After all, diagnosing is really most important as far as it leads to the necessary treatment to help the patient. Maybe what we really need is a Diagnostic and Treatment Manual, […]
Issues in Treating Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy Understanding the Causes to Make Better Treatment Decisions Anxiety disorders are a frequent occurrence in pregnancy. While some worries and anxiety are experienced by more than 50% of pregnant women, a full-blown anxiety disorder involves risk to both mother and fetus and increases the risk of postpartum depression
Responding to a Diagnosis of Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s college basketball coach, announced this week that she would continue coaching after her diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 59. She has set an example for thousands of others who are diagnosed with the degenerative cognitive disease during the height […]
FDA Approves Tapentadol for Chronic Pain The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved tapentadol extended release (Nucynta, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) for moderate to severe chronic pain. The drug, already approved for acute pain, has now been given the okay for long-term use, the company announced today. In Europe, tapentadol is marketed as Palexia.