‘Concerning’ Rate of Benzo/Z-Drug Use in IBD

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are 70% more likely to use benzodiazepines and “Z-drugs” than are the general population, a large study from Canada suggests. Mood/anxiety disorders and sleep disorders are common in patients with IBD, but few studies have looked at use of benzodiazepine and Z-drugs (such as zolpidem, zaleplon, and eszopiclone) in … Read more

the History and Future of Psychosurgery

In the early 20th century, there were a few psychiatrists ― perhaps intrepid, perhaps deluded ― who, despite no formal surgical training, were impelled to breach their patients’ skulls. Inspired by the surgical innovations of the day, they were curious about the physical nature of the psyche and whether invasive surgical procedures might be a … Read more

Schizophrenia Raises Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Patients with schizophrenia are at increased risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) compared with the general population, according to a large study from Taiwan that provides more evidence of a gut-brain link. The study also shows that patients with schizophrenia develop IBD at a younger age and that the risk increases with inadequately controlled … Read more

Patients Struggle With Mental Health, Work Presenteeism

Anxiety and depression are common among individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are in remission, and the conditions are linked to unemployment and presenteeism, according to a prospective study. Previous studies have found a heightened risk of anxiety and depression in IBD, as well as an association with poor treatment compliance and greater morbidity. … Read more