Schizophrenia is not just one single disease but rather eight different genetic disorders, which all manifest in their own ways, according to a new study in the Sept. 15 issue of American Journal of Psychiatry.
Oh, so much to talk about, but let me begin by sending you over to Clinical Psychiatry News to read ClinkShrink's latest article on Suicide and Sunshine. Other things we could talk about are the op-ed piece in the New York Times about how in areas where there are trace amounts of the element Lithium in the water, there are lower suicide rates. Show More Summary
Columnist Charles Krauthammer slammed President Obama for his self-obsession and for surrounding himself with “sycophants” in an interview set to broadcast on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” “I decided when I left psychiatry never to use my authority. Show More Summary
New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes work together to cause complex disorders. Read more...
One of the most important tricks of the trade that I learned in medical school was what some might have considered a little throwaway bit of advice. During my psychiatry clinical rotation the preceptor advised that, when applying the stethoscope to the patient’s back, one should rest the other hand gently on his or her […]
Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry.
If you work in mental health, you could do much worse than reading the editorial in today’s Lancet Psychiatry about unpleasant debates and how to avoid them. Unfortunately, debates in mental health tend to get nasty quite quickly – but I’ve seen no part of the debate spectrum which has a monopoly on bigotry or […]
Please surf over to the Clinical Psychiatry News website to see my post on Psychiatry and First Amendment Rights as they Pertain to School Violence and Cannibalism. Also, blogger Pete Earley wants to know how to find a good psychiatrist. Show More Summary
Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are over 60% less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared to those who have never used the drug, new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal shows. Show More Summary
Mike Magee This week, a study, from the Department of Psychiatry at the UC Davis Health System, offered hope to parents of children with autism. The small study of seven children revealed that intervention begun at six months of life resulted in improved outcomes at three years of life. The children included “exhibited marked autism [...]
A recent article in the American Journal of Psychiatry sheds light on the vexing challenge of treating depression in individuals who have an underlying bipolar disorder: For many people with bipolar disorder, depression occurs more frequently...Show More Summary
Washington D.C., September 2, 2014 – A study published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children and adolescents diagnosed with a psychiatric diagnosis had an increased risk of developing diabetes if they were exposed to antipsychotics. read more
The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of time as a mental illness. This pathologizing of grief has ancient roots extendingShow More Summary
Three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment programme is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care. read more
Professor Neil Greenberg of March on Stress at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, visited the Philippines to assess the competencies of mental
We hear over and over again that stress is unhealthy. And all that talk makes us, well, stressed. But getting worked up isn’t always a bad thing, says Richard Shelton, MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Birmingham; after all, the body’s fight-or-flight response is meant to…
By Kenneth Pittman: Background: I am a physician (currently practicing Child Psychiatry, also board certified in Pediatrics) and part-time investor. I invest in several biotech companies and was invested in Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CYTX) for over a year until recently. Show More Summary
A new head-to-head comparison of screening questionnaires for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, shows a worrying discordance between the previous version of the PTSD definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—fourth edition (DSM-IV) and DSM-5, released in 2013. read more
By Kenneth Pittman: Background: I am a physician (currently practicing Child Psychiatry, also board certified in Pediatrics) and part-time investor. I invest in several biotech companies, including Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ:DVAX), the main subject of this article. Show More Summary