Free Online Course: Psychological First Aid

21Aug
2017

Study: energy drink consumption and subsequent drug use during young adulthood

21Aug
2017

Talking therapy given by parents shows promise for childhood anxiety disorders

16Aug
2017

Risk Factors for Post-stroke Depression

15Aug
2017

Car crashes in older adult drivers using Zolpidem

15Aug
2017

Online parental training may help to improve behaviour in children

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course – Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

14Aug
2017

Regulatory control of highly hazardous pesticides to prevent self-poisoning

13Aug
2017

Causes of death after self-inflicted, drug-related or alcohol-related, or violent injury during adolescence

11Aug
2017

Lithium Associated With a Higher Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults

11Aug
2017

Lithium Use, but Not Valproate Use, Is Associated With a Higher Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults With Mental Illness – The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (link to abstract -$ for full-text)

Case-control study suggests Lithium is associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease.

 

Depression and risk of death following coronary artery disease diagnosis

10Aug
2017

Strategies to prevent death by suicide

10Aug
2017

Suicide Prevention in an Emergency Department Population

10Aug
2017

Suicide Prevention in an Emergency Department Population: The ED-SAFE Study – JAMA Psychiatry (link to abstract – Free Full Text PDF via @unpaywall)

Commentaries: Intervention Phone Calls May Save The Lives Of Suicidal Patients, Reduce New Attempts, Trial Finds – Medical Daily (free) AND National study shows interventions like telephone calls can reduce suicides – EurekAlert (free) AND Intervention Curbs New Suicide Attempts in At-Risk ED Patients – Medscape (free registration required)

Source: Psychiatry Research Review

“Patients who received a multifaceted intervention that included follow-up telephone calls resulted in a 30 percent reduction in future suicide attempts” (from Medical Daily)

 

Antipsychotic drugs for the acute treatment of patients with a first episode of schizophrenia

10Aug
2017

The effect of multiple adverse childhood experiences on health

10Aug
2017

What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare?

10Aug
2017

What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare? – F1000 Research (free)

Source: Hospital Medicine Virtual Journal Club

“A best estimate is that U.S. costs of hypnotic harms to healthcare systems are on the order of $55 billion, but conceivably might be as low as $10 billion or as high as $100 billion”.

 

Effect of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality

10Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

7Aug
2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

4Aug
2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic (free)

Long read… very interesting.

 

Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

3Aug
2017

Opioid Use in Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Childhood Outcomes

3Aug
2017

Internet Searches for Suicide Following the Release of “13 Reasons Why”

1Aug
2017

Sugar intake from sweet food and beverages, common mental disorder and depression

28Jul
2017

Antipsychotics in Acute Schizophrenia

27Jul
2017

Sixty Years of Placebo-Controlled Antipsychotic Drug Trials in Acute Schizophrenia: Systematic Review, Bayesian Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression of Efficacy Predictors – American Journal of Psychiatry (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Antipsychotic Response Rates Through the Prism of 60 Years – Psychiatric Times (free)

Source: EvidenceAlerts (free resource to find articles of interest)

Twice as many patients improved with antipsychotics as with placebo, confirming the benefits of antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia.

 

 

Psychosis relapse, medication non-adherence, and cannabis

25Jul
2017

Abuse of online games

25Jul
2017

Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide?

25Jul
2017

Study: Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme

23Jul
2017

Report: Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use

23Jul
2017

Three psychological therapies are effective for adolescent depression

22Jul
2017

Simultaneous Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine New Use and Subsequent Long-term Benzodiazepine Use in Adults With Depression

22Jul
2017

Simultaneous Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine New Use and Subsequent Long-term Benzodiazepine Use in Adults With Depression, United States, 2001-2014 – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Benzodiazepines With Antidepressants May Spark Long-term Use – Medscape (free registration required) AND Antidepressants plus benzos: Is it worth the risk? – Pharmacy News (free)

In this large cohort, patients who were treated with benzodiazepine associated with antidepressants in the beginning of the treatment for depression didn’t seem to have a clinical benefit, and 12.3% of patients who began treatment with both agents had long-term (6-month) benzodiazepine use. Due to the observational nature of this study, it may be that these patients had more severe depression, but caution is advised nonetheless.

 

Risk of Irritability With Psychostimulant Treatment in Children With ADHD

22Jul
2017

Risk of Irritability With Psychostimulant Treatment in Children With ADHD: A Meta-Analysis – Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“MPH decreased risk of irritability vs PLA (RR=0.89), whereas amphetamines increased the risk (RR=2.90)” (RT @psychopharmacol see Tweet)

 

Helping Those Who Hoard

22Jul
2017

Helping Those Who Hoard – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

 

The Regulation of Alcohol Marketing: From Research to Public Health Policy

22Jul
2017

Mental health should be a priority for WHO’s new director-general

22Jul
2017

Antidepressants during pregnancy and autism in offspring

21Jul
2017

Patient Outcomes in Dose Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy

20Jul
2017

Efficacy of Tramadol Extended-Release for Opioid Withdrawal

13Jul
2017

Antidepressant Switching vs Augmentation in Resistent Depression?

12Jul
2017

Effect of Antidepressant Switching vs Augmentation on Remission Among Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Unresponsive to Antidepressant Treatment: The VAST-D Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Study Compares Switching Meds vs an Additional Med for Patients Unresponsive to an Antidepressant – The Jama Network (free) AND For Treatment-Resistant Depression, Add an Antipsychotic or Switch Antidepressants? – Physician’s First Watch (free)

Augmentation with aripiprazole led to a modestly increased likelihood of remission, but with more adverse effects. “Given the small effect size and adverse effects associated with aripiprazole, further analysis including cost-effectiveness is needed to understand the net utility of this approach”.

 

Deutetrabenazine for treatment of involuntary movements in patients with tardive dyskinesia

11Jul
2017

Vasomotor symptoms are associated with depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older women

9Jul
2017

Lithium Reduces Suicide Risk in Bipolar Patients

7Jul
2017

Autism spectrum disorder and epileptic encephalopathy: common causes, many questions

7Jul
2017

Pain and Psychology – A Reciprocal Relationship

7Jul
2017

Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia

7Jul
2017

Treating Anxiety in 2017: Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes

5Jul
2017

Treating Anxiety in 2017: Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes – JAMA (free)

“Exercise, mindfulness-based stress reduction = 1st-line treatments for anxiety; move on to SSRIs and CBT as needed” (RT @JAMA_current see Tweet)

 

Prevalence and risk factors for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in people with severe mental illness

5Jul
2017

Depression following traumatic brain injury: prevalence, impact, and management challenges

3Jul
2017

Association of Electroconvulsive Therapy With Psychiatric Readmissions

3Jul
2017

Association of Electroconvulsive Therapy With Psychiatric Readmissions in US Hospitals – JAMA Psychiatry (free)

Editorial: Modern Electroconvulsive Therapy: Vastly Improved Yet Greatly Underused – JAMA Psychiatry (free) (RT @JAMA_current see Tweet)

In this observational study, electroconvulsive therapy was associated with reduced 30-day readmission risk among psychiatric inpatients with severe affective disorders (RR=0.54;0.28-0.81).

 

Practice: I am your trans patient

2Jul
2017

Practice: I am your trans patient – The BMJ (free)

Related infographic: Managing disclosure of gender dysphoria – The BMJ (free PDF)

“Five transgender authors share their experiences of healthcare & the important messages they’d like doctors to know” (RT @bmj_latest see Tweet)

 

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

30Jun
2017

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem – New York Times (10 articles month are free)

Related: Managing Anxiety in the Medically Ill – Psychiatric Times (free)

“Very 1st differential before making a psych diagnosis should be – is this due to medical problem? 2nd question – medication/substance/alcohol? (RT @AllenFrancesMD see Tweet)

 

Trial of Electrical Direct-Current Therapy versus Escitalopram for Depression

29Jun
2017

Trial of Electrical Direct-Current Therapy versus Escitalopram for Depression – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: A New Brain-Stimulation Treatment Disappoints – Physician’s First Watch (free)

“For depression, new transcranial direct current stimulation treatment is not as effective as escitalopram” (RT @JWatch see Tweet)

 

Spasticity Drug Cuts Alcohol Consumption in High-Risk Drinkers

23Jun
2017

Spasticity Drug Cuts Alcohol Consumption in High-Risk Drinkers – Medscape (free registration required)

Unpublished results, presented at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, suggesting baclofen is an effective alternative for high-risk alcohol consumption.

 

Co-morbid OSA and insomnia increases depression prevalence and severity in men

23Jun
2017

Why are doctors killing themselves

19Jun
2017

Social media and mental health

16Jun
2017

Lithium Markedly Cuts Hospital Readmission in Depression

16Jun
2017

Doctors are prone to burn-out and depression. We need to take care

16Jun
2017

Real-World Effectiveness of Antipsychotic Treatments

15Jun
2017

Real-World Effectiveness of Antipsychotic Treatments in a Nationwide Cohort of 29 823 Patients With Schizophrenia – JAMA Internal Medicine(link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Oral clozapine, long-acting injectables tied to lower relapse risk in schizophrenia – Clinical Psychiatry News (free registration required) AND Long-Acting Antipsychotics Tied to Superior Outcomes – Medscape (free registration required)

“The risk of rehospitalization is about 20% to 30% lower during long-acting injectable treatments compared with equivalent oral formulations”

 

More Treatments on Deck for Alcohol Use Disorder

14Jun
2017

Medical News & Perspectives: More Treatments on Deck for Alcohol Use Disorder – JAMA (free)

 

Guidelines for the recognition and management of mixed depression

13Jun
2017

Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline

8Jun
2017

Prenatal antidepressant use and risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring

7Jun
2017

Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

4Jun
2017

The high cost of childhood disruptive behavior disorders

4Jun
2017

Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster

1Jun
2017

Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster – The Conversation (free)

“Students used to take drugs to get high. Now they take them to get higher grades” (RT @ConversationUK see Tweet)

 

Eating disorders: recognition and treatment

26May
2017

Position Paper – Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

19May
2017

Socioeconomic status as an effect modifier of alcohol consumption and harm

12May
2017

Mortality risk during and after opioid substitution treatment

28Apr
2017

Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save More on Crime Reduction

25Apr
2017

Why Physician Burnout Is Endemic, and How Health Care Must Respond

24Apr
2017

Survey and commentaries: Why Physician Burnout Is Endemic, and How Health Care Must Respond – NEJM Catalyst (free)

Increased in clerical burden seems to be one of the leading causes, heavily influenced by expanded and more comprehensive use of electronic health records. More on the burden of administrative tasks in healthcare in our April 21 issue, see #5.

 

Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and management of physical complications

20Apr
2017

Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being

17Apr
2017

Screening for Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

10Apr
2017

Antipsychotics May Boost Respiratory Failure Risk in COPD – MedPage Today

7Apr
2017

Cancer patients have 55% greater risk of suicide

6Apr
2017

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

5Apr
2017

“Depression: let’s talk” says WHO

2Jun
2017

Press release: “Depression: let’s talk” says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health – World Health Organization (free)

See also: Depression: let’s talk – WHO campaign (free) AND Depression updated factsheet (free) AND Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates (free)

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to The World Health Organization.

 

Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system

31Mar
2017

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

29Mar
2017

Alcohol and cardiovascular disease

27Mar
2017
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