Mood Disorders

CDC Report Outlines Antidepressant Use in the U.S. by Sex, Race

August 16, 2017

The researchers found that 12.7% of individuals (8.6% of males and 16.5% of females) took antidepressants in the past month during 2011 to 2014.

Cannabis Efficacy Examined in Patients with Chronic Pain, PTSD

August 15, 2017

The researchers found low-strength evidence that cannabis alleviates neuropathic pain based on 27 chronic pain trials; insufficient evidence was found in other pain populations.

Withdrawal Syndrome Following Online Purchase of 'Cognitive Enhancer'

By August 14, 2017

He was able to find an online health store that sold tianeptine and over three months continued to use the drug, increasing the dose on stressful days. During this time, he also began to experience withdrawal symptoms.

Recall: Antidepressant Tablets Found in Bottle Labeled for Cholesterol Med

By August 10, 2017

While side effects of bupropion are typically minor, some patients may be at greater risk for adverse effects.

Lithium, Divalproex Efficacy Examined in Older Bipolar Patients

By August 09, 2017

Results demonstrated that lithium was more effective in controlling manic signs and symptoms, as defined by a change from baseline Young Mania Rating Scale.

Neuroanatomic Abnormalities Identified in Those at High Risk for Autism

August 09, 2017

"In two genetically related cohorts at high risk for autism spectrum disorder, reciprocal neuroanatomic abnormalities were found and determined to be associated with cognitive and behavioral impairments," the authors write.

Does Aspirin Protect Against Symptoms of Depression?

By August 08, 2017

Research on whether aspirin (which has both anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic properties) has an impact on depression has been limited.

Vortioxetine Effectiveness Evaluated for Depression in Adults

By August 04, 2017

When compared to individual antidepressants, vortioxetine may be less effective than duloxetine in terms of response rates and depressive symptoms scores.

Neonatal Drug Withdrawal Risk Up with In Utero Exposure to Opioids, Psychotropics

August 03, 2017

The researchers observed variation in the absolute risk for neonatal drug withdrawal from 1.0 to 11.4% for infants exposed in utero to prescription opioids alone and opioids co-prescribed with gabapentin, respectively.

Study: Netflix Show Ups Suicide Awareness, But Also Suicidal Ideation

By July 31, 2017

Some of the searches were positive; 'suicide hotline' (up 12%) and 'suicide prevention' (up 23%), however there was a jump of 26% for the phrase 'how to commit suicide', and 'commit suicide' (up 18%), and 'how to kill yourself' (up 9%).

Abilify Maintena Gains New Bipolar I Disorder Indication

By July 28, 2017

The study's primary endpoint showed Abilify Maintena significantly delayed the time to recurrence of any mood episode in adults having a manic episode at screening vs. placebo.

Demystifying Conversion Disorder: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

By July 26, 2017

Assessing conversion disorder and distinguishing it from other conditions can be challenging.

Maternal Antidepressant Use May Contribute to Offspring Autism

July 21, 2017

"Importantly, the absolute risk of autism was small, and, hypothetically, if no pregnant women took antidepressants, the number of cases that could potentially be prevented would be small," wrote the authors of the study.

Maternal Antidepressant Use and Offspring Disability: What's the Link?

July 13, 2017

No significant association for use of antidepressant in pregnancy, child's intellectual disability

Treatment Approaches Compared for MDD Unresponsive to Antidepressants

July 12, 2017

The augment-aripiprazole group had greater response compared with the switch or augment-bupropion groups (74.3 versus 62.4% [relative risk, 1.19] and 65.6% [relative risk, 1.13], respectively). There were no significant treatment differences for relapse.

Large Number of Opioid Rxs Written for Patients with Mental Illness

July 10, 2017

Those with psychological conditions more likely to overdose or have other problems tied to opioid use

Brain Stimulation vs. Escitalopram for Depression

June 29, 2017

After 10 weeks, patients receiving tDCS fared no better than those taking escitalopram. Patients receiving tDCS, however, experienced more side effects, the researchers found.

OTC Supplement Found to be Effective for Mild to Moderate Depression

By June 28, 2017

Compared to no treatment, consumption of magnesium chloride for 6 weeks was associated with a significant net improvement in PHQ-9 scores and Generalized Anxiety Disorders-7 scores.

From Treatment to Training: 5 Uses of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

June 27, 2017

Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment, it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications.

IV Lipid Emulsion for Bupropion Poisoning: Is it Beneficial?

By June 26, 2017

Researchers examined electronic records from one regional poison center for cases of intentional bupropion ingestion between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2015. Reports that cited IV lipid emulsion administration or death as an outcome were further evaluated.

Guided, Self-Help Approach to Exercise Effective for Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

June 26, 2017

Two hundred eleven chronic fatigue syndrome patients did workouts for 12 weeks with phone or online video support from a physical therapist.

Back Pain, Depression and Opioids: Research Uncovers Rx Pattern

June 23, 2017

The analysis of nationwide data from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid.

Tablet-Related Issue Prompts Recall of Antipsychotic Agent

By June 15, 2017

If two or more consecutive doses include the affected product, therapeutic levels may not be maintained and may result in a resurgence of symptoms.

One Third of Those With Serious Mental Illness Not Receiving Care

June 13, 2017

The report indicates that almost 10 million American adults have serious mental illness, and the number has increased significantly among adolescents although marijuana abuse has gone down slightly.

Risks Associated with Lithium Use in Pregnancy Reevaluated

June 09, 2017

The study included information on 1,325,563 women enrolled in Medicaid. They gave birth between 2000 and 2010.

Does Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure Affect Newborn Behavior?

June 08, 2017

Newborns aren't more likely to be irritable, hard to feed, or sleepless, researchers say

'Social Jet Lag' May Contribute to Acute Health Outcomes

June 08, 2017

Researchers found the disrupted sleep pattern to be linked with cardiovascular disease, depression, fatigue, and daytime sleepiness.

Antidepressant Linked to Accelerated Bone Loss

June 06, 2017

The researchers found that during venlafaxine treatment there was an increase in CTX and a decrease in P1NP, which was consistent with accelerated bone loss.

Sleep Duration Linked to Tx Response in Depressed Patients with Insomnia

By June 05, 2017

Findings from the study suggest that a shorter sleep duration may be a risk factor for refractory depression.

Brain Changes in MS Linked to Social Cognition Impairment

June 02, 2017

Diffuse normal-appearing white matter damage may create disconnection in social brain network