General Psychiatry

Part 2: Adolescent Tech Use & Mental Health: Expert Perspective

Part 2: Adolescent Tech Use & Mental Health: Expert Perspective

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For part 2 of this article, Psychiatry Advisor interviewed Dr Brenda L Curtis, whose research focuses on "big data" generated from social networking sites, technology-based interventions for substance use disorders and related issues, and Internet research ethics.

Electronic Referrals and Social Workers Improve Use of Mental Health Services for Adolescents

Electronic Referrals and Social Workers Improve Use of Mental Health Services for Adolescents

Both electronic referral and care management by social workers increase the effective use of mental health services for adolescents in the United States significantly.

Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Mood in Middle-Age, Older Adults

Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Mood in Middle-Age, Older Adults

Mindfulness meditation training may reduce negative affect variability in middle-age and older adults.

Examining Imbalanced, Inefficient Government Mental Health Spending in the Americas

Examining Imbalanced, Inefficient Government Mental Health Spending in the Americas

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Governments in the Americas tend to underfund and misallocate spending on mental health.

LGBT Youths at Substantially Increased Risk for Attempted Suicide

LGBT Youths at Substantially Increased Risk for Attempted Suicide

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Sexual minority youths have a significantly higher risk for life-threatening behavior compared with their heterosexual peers.

The Intersection of Eating and Alcohol Disorders: Detecting and Managing "Drunkorexia"

The Intersection of Eating and Alcohol Disorders: Detecting and Managing "Drunkorexia"

Drunkorexia is a term referring to limiting food intake prior to alcohol consumption, which may lead to eating disorders in college students.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

The American Medical Association hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among physicians-in-training.

Transgender Boys, Nonbinary Adolescents Face Highest Suicide Risk by Gender

Transgender Boys, Nonbinary Adolescents Face Highest Suicide Risk by Gender

Although the disproportionate suicide rate among transgender youth may be daunting, family acceptance and support are associated with reduced disparities in depression between transgender and cisgender children.

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

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Approximately 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or dementia.

FDA Committees Vote on Opioid System Modulator for MDD Treatment

FDA Committees Vote on Opioid System Modulator for MDD Treatment

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In the meeting documents, the panel presented a scenario which illustrated their concerns regarding potentially complex drug interactions that may occur in the population for which the drug is intended.

Institutional Rearing Associated With Psychopathology Risk in Children

Institutional Rearing Associated With Psychopathology Risk in Children

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Children reared in an institution are found to have increased vulnerability to psychopathology diagnoses between childhood and adolescence.

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

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Educators' mental health and well-being is associated with their students' mental well-being or feelings of distress.

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

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Patients unable to give informed consent displayed insufficient understanding of the study risks and benefits and the difference between research and individualized care.

The Relationship Between Highpoint Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts

The Relationship Between Highpoint Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts

These findings point to the need to continue and expand clinical understanding of the variables contributing to suicidal behavior and the role of suicidal ideation.

Smartphone-Based Psychoeducational Programs May Be Effective for Bipolar Disorder Management

Smartphone-Based Psychoeducational Programs May Be Effective for Bipolar Disorder Management

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This research supports the efficacy of smartphone-based educational programs in the management of bipolar disorder.

Is Mandatory Reporting of Child Maltreatment in the Best Interests of the Child?

Is Mandatory Reporting of Child Maltreatment in the Best Interests of the Child?

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The complexities and ambiguities associated with reporting suspected cases of child abuse can contribute to confusion and the potential for harm.

Exclusion Criteria for Bipolar Trials Cast Doubt on Generalizability

Exclusion Criteria for Bipolar Trials Cast Doubt on Generalizability

Eligibility criteria employed in clinical trials assessing pharmacologic treatment of bipolar disorder typically preclude many affected patients, casting doubt about the generalizability of their results.

Mobile-Based Application Shows Benefits for Young Patients With Schizophrenia

Mobile-Based Application Shows Benefits for Young Patients With Schizophrenia

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Utilizing technology, such as smart phones, for behavioral interventions may improve mood and motivation in young patients with schizophrenia.

Is There a Link Between Familial Religiosity and Suicidal Ideation in Offspring?

Is There a Link Between Familial Religiosity and Suicidal Ideation in Offspring?

Overall, girls showed a significant decrease in the odds of suicidal ideation or attempts with increasing belief in religious importance. Boys showed no significant association.

Psilocybin Study Gets Green Light From FDA for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Psilocybin Study Gets Green Light From FDA for Treatment-Resistant Depression

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The trial will be a Phase 2b dose-ranging study (N=216) with patients from 12-15 research centers across Europe and North America.

Prototype Google Glass for Social-Affective Learning May Benefit Children With Autism

Prototype Google Glass for Social-Affective Learning May Benefit Children With Autism

Of the 14 families, 12 reported observing increased eye contact and greater social acuity in the children.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

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The potential consequences of providing cosmetic treatment to a patient with BDD can extend beyond ethical concerns.

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

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Abilify MyCite adds a digital sensor to the medication aripiprazole. The sensor, an ingestible event marker, is activated by contact with stomach acids and transmits a signal to a skin patch the patient wears, which then transmits to an app.

Off-Label Prescribing Common With Certain Psychiatric Medications

Off-Label Prescribing Common With Certain Psychiatric Medications

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Using data from the 2012 and 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys, researchers looked at all adult outpatient visits to psychiatric practices for chronic care management in which ≥1 psychiatric medication was prescribed.

Early Interventions Effective in Reducing Psychosis Duration in Military Personnel

Early Interventions Effective in Reducing Psychosis Duration in Military Personnel

These data have implications for the efficacy of the US military healthcare system as a whole in treating psychosis in service members.

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

Sex workers already operate at the social and economic margins. SESTA-FOSTA makes it increasingly difficult for them to advertise and screen clients safely, deeply cutting into their incomes and threatening their livelihoods.

Remission of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Veterans Depends on Close Clinical Observation

Remission of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Veterans Depends on Close Clinical Observation

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This study supports the effects of close clinical observation and the use of combined treatment interventions including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for achieving remission in veterans with treatment-resistant depression.

From Abused Child to Serial Killer: Investigating Nature vs Nurture in Methods of Murder

From Abused Child to Serial Killer: Investigating Nature vs Nurture in Methods of Murder

Not all abused children become serial killers, and not all serial killers are victims of childhood abuse. However, the connection between the two cannot be dismissed as just coincidence.

Medical Clearance of Psych Patients in the ED: Consensus Recommendations

Medical Clearance of Psych Patients in the ED: Consensus Recommendations

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An AAEP task force created recommendations for medical evaluation of psychiatric patients presenting to the ED.

US Police Killings Harm Mental Health in Black Americans

US Police Killings Harm Mental Health in Black Americans

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Police killings of unarmed black Americans may have a negative impact on the mental health of this population.

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