Neuropsychiatric Risks of COVID: New Data

The neuropsychiatric ramifications of severe COVID-19 infection appear to be no different than for other severe acute respiratory infections (SARI). Results of a large study showed risks of new neuropsychiatric illness were significantly and similarly in adults surviving either severe COVID-19 infection or other SARI, compared with the general population. This suggests that disease severity, … Read more

Do Psychotropic Meds Raise or Lower COVID Risk?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Different psychotropic medications are associated with different risks of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients with serious mental illness, a new study suggests. Investigators found that second-generation antipsychotics were associated with a 48% lower risk of COVID-19, while valproic acid was associated with … Read more

A Little-Known Option for Depression

Standard therapies for depression are antidepressants and psychotherapy. In particularly severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) may also be indicated. VNS is an approved, effective, well-tolerated, long-term therapy for chronic and therapy-resistant depression, write Christine Reif-Leonhardt, MD, and her team of researchers from the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in … Read more

Higher ‘Chemical Restraint’ Rates in Black Psych Patients in the ED

Black patients presenting with psychiatric disorders to hospital emergency departments (EDs) across the US have significantly higher rates of chemical restraint than their white counterparts, new research shows. Results of a national study showed Black patients presenting to the ED were 63% more likely to receive chemical sedation than white patients. The investigators also found … Read more

Psychiatrist Steps Up to Deliver Precious Cargo to Ukraine

Just days after Russia invaded Ukraine, child and adolescent psychiatrist Dennis Ougrin, MBBS, PhD, and his wife Roxanne Litynska, who are both originally from Lviv, drove their car full of critical cargo from London to Przemyśl — a Polish border town that was experiencing a huge influx of refugees fleeing the war. The vehicle was … Read more

‘Staggeringly High’ Rates of Psychiatric Symptoms After COVID-19

DENVER — Neurocognitive and psychiatric symptoms of mental illness, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are alarmingly high among patients who have previously had COVID-19 — even among those who were not hospitalized with the virus, new research shows. The findings are from an online survey of more than 800 respondents. “Regardless of how long ago … Read more

Calls for Caution on Gender Reassignment in Adolescents

France — Demand for gender reassignment surgery in children and adolescents has increased in the United States and Europe over the past few years. For its part, the French National Academy of Medicine has urged that caution be exercised when it comes to the therapies involved and advised that the psychological support phase be extended. … Read more

Suicide Attempts Now ‘Huge Problem’ Among Preteens

Suicide attempts spurring calls to poison control centers more than quadrupled among US children aged 10–12 years from 2000–2020, according to research published today in JAMA Pediatrics. For all children older than age 9, the proportion of suicide attempts increased as misuse or abuse of potentially poisonous substances declined. Only very young children (aged 6–9) … Read more

HIV and Schizophrenia: Partners in Disparities

“People don’t think about schizophrenia when they think about HIV,” Christina Mangurian, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry and vice chair for diversity and health equity at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), told Medscape Medical News. The problem is complicated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, … Read more

What Is the Psychological Impact of Type 1 Diabetes?

France — “Living with diabetes is not smooth sailing…From the onset of the disease in a child or adolescent through all the days that follow, there is nothing ordinary about it,” according to Aide aux Jeunes Diabétiques (AJD), a French association providing support for children and adolescents with diabetes. What is the psychological impact of … Read more