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Tele-psychiatry reaches rural kids in need

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that as many as 1 in 5 children in the United States have behavioral health issues. However, of these children, only 20 percent receive mental health services. Of those...Show More Summary

Low maternal thyroid hormone during pregnancy increases schizophrenia risk in offspring

Philadelphia, PA, June 21, 2016 - A study published in Biological Psychiatry reveals a new link between low levels of the thyroid hormone thyroxine during pregnancy and risk of schizophrenia in the offspring. Low levels of free thyroxine...Show More Summary

Precision medicine introduced to psychiatry

New research is highlighting the potential merits of using precision medicine in prescribing antidepressants. Eleven percent of Americans 12 years and older have been prescribed antidepressant medication, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2005-2008. Show More Summary

The Perils Of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy was once the exception in psychiatry, now it seems to have become the rule. Patients frequently are taking 3,4, even 5 psych meds at one time. And often it's primary care doctors, not psychiatrists, who are doing the prescribing...Show More Summary

Mayo Clinic Introduces Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

Mayo Clinic highlights the potential merits of using precision medicine in prescribing antidepressants. Details appear in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Eleven percent of Americans 12 years and older have been prescribed antidepressant medication, according to CDC data from 2005-2008.

Cannabis Use During Pregnancy May Affect Brain Development in Offspring

Cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with abnormal brain structure in children, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry.

What Does It Mean to Be Called 'Crazy' in a Crazy World?

A call to rethink madness and our responses to it. It has become increasingly mainstream to criticize psychiatry for its corruption by drug companies, invalid diagnoses, lack of long-term treatment effectiveness, and other scientific failings. Show More Summary

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry – May 2016

At Brainblogger we publish monthly roundups of the most interesting findings in psychology and psychiatry research. For some reason or other, May was particularly packed full with studies producing important and actionable findings with regard to mental health and wellbeing, covering diverse populations, from metal heads to military personnel. Show More Summary

The Big Divide in US Psychiatry

Peter Kramer just brought out a new book, Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. The book is fluently written, interestingly argued and deserves wide sales.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SOVIET PSYCHIATRY: Study showing conservatives showed signs of ‘psychoticism’ turns…

GREAT MOMENTS IN SOVIET PSYCHIATRY: Study showing conservatives showed signs of ‘psychoticism’ turns out to be bunk. Perhaps instead of “psychoticism,” the “researchers” at Virginia Commonwealth University should have simply used the phrase “philosophical intoxication” — I’m sure they’d concur that it has an excellent pedigree. “By the way, your tax dollars paid for this […]

Replicating Psychiatrists' Expertise to Prevent Inpatient Suicide

A new study on a tablet-based tool offers a potential solution for hospitals facing shortages of time and psychiatry staff while aiming to meet The Joint Commission's mandate for suicide risk assessment.

Collaborating with Madness: Former Johns Hopkins Chief of Psychiatry Speaks Out Against Transgenders

Wow. This is a brave doctor. The former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at the university, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, just came

Book Review: Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants by Peter Kramer

My post for today is a review of Peter Kramer's new book over on Clinical Psychiatry News. You may remember him from Listening to Prozac, and he's back now with more on the science that supports the use of anti-depressants. The review...Show More Summary

Food Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

In my last post, Mental Health: Where Nutrition Meets Psychiatry, I point out the increasing evidence that nutrition plays a fundamental role in our mental health. Treatment that combines nutrition with psychiatry is a critical component...Show More Summary

A Resident’s Reflections from within the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN)

Most residents have a very limited understanding of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and understandably so. I myself thought of the ABPN as a large, bureaucratic, governmental organization that spent most of its time siphoning money from hapless residents in order to administer board certification examinations. I was therefore surprised, and a […]

A Complicated Legal Battle Over Sumner Redstone’s Mental Acuity

The determination of the media mogul’s competence exists at a ragged intersection of psychiatry, geriatric medicine and the law.

Number Of Teens With Marijuana-Related Problems Declines, Study Shows

As more states legalize the use of marijuana, the number of teens with cannabis-related problems is declining, new research suggests. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the study revealed a 24% decline in marijuana-related problems—such as becoming dependent on the drug or having trouble [...]

Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Examines Suicide Attempt Risk Factors, Methods and Timing, Related to Deployment Among Active Duty Soldiers

Suicide attempts, like suicides, have increased in the U.S. Army over the last decade. To better understand and prevent suicidal behavior, researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the University...Show More Summary

The Early, State-Sanctioned LSD Experiments in Communist Bulgaria

Prof. Marina Boyadjieva (first row, second right) with colleagues from the Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment in Neurology and Psychiatry St. Naum in Sofia, Bulgaria. (All Photos: Jordan Todorov) LSD is usually associated with the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s. Show More Summary

Mental Health: Where Nutrition Meets Psychiatry

"Mental disorders -- major depression and anxiety in particular -- have been described as an impending global epidemic." -- Nutritional psychiatry research: an emerging discipline and its intersection with global urbanization, environmental...Show More Summary

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