Higher PTSD, BPD in Transgender vs Cisgender Psych Patients

Transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) individuals with mental illness appear to have higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared with their cisgender counterparts, new research shows. Although mood disorders, depression, and anxiety were the most common diagnoses in both TGD and cisgender patients, “when we compared the diagnostic profiles [of … Read more

Digital Mental Health Training Acceptable to Boarding Teens

ANAHEIM, CALIF. A modular digital intervention to teach mental health skills to youth awaiting transfer to psychiatric care appeared feasible to implement and acceptable to teens and their parents, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Dr Samantha House “This program has the potential to teach evidence-based mental health … Read more

‘U-Shaped’ Relationship Between Bipolar Risk and Parental Age

VIENNA — Individuals born to younger or older parents are at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder, new research suggests. Results from a meta-analysis of more than 210,000 patients with bipolar disorder and over 13 million healthy individuals showed that children of mothers younger than 20 years had a 23% increased risk for bipolar disorder … Read more

‘Disturbing’ Lack of Follow-up Care After a Psychiatric Crisis

There is a concerning lack of follow-up care for young people who experience a mental health crisis, new research suggests. Results from a large database study showed less than half of youth and young adults hospitalized for a psychiatric event received follow-up care within 7 days. The follow-up rate was less than 30% for those … Read more

Poor Visual Acuity Linked to Depression, Brain Structure Changes

Poor visual acuity, defined as difficulty discerning letters or numbers at a given distance, is associated with depression in middle-aged and older individuals, new research suggests. After multiple adjustments, analysis of data from more than 114,000 participants in the UK Biobank Study showed that visual impairment was linked to a 19% higher risk for depression. … Read more

Commission Calls for Urgent Action to End Mental Illness Stigma

An international commission has developed a roadmap to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness by 2030, and calls on a massive response by governments, industry, the media, employers, and others. The Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health recommends aggressive steps to address stigma, which authors say is often … Read more

The Hunt for N-Acetylcysteine: Medicine or Dietary Supplement?

Medicine or dietary supplement? N-acetylcysteine ​​(NAC) is marketed as both and in 2021, the supplement abruptly became difficult to find, causing distress to people who had been using it for a variety of conditions. The story behind its disappearance is one of a cat-and-mouse chase between manufacturers, advocacy agencies, and the Food and Drug Administration. … Read more

Why Do We Want to Tough It Out?

We physicians come to the noble profession to heal and help others. Over years of education and training, we learn to be compassionate and empathic not only toward our patients but also to people around us. Patients’ safety and care become our priority. And at some point, we forget about ourselves. We forget that we … Read more

Jury Awards $77M in Suit Against Addiction Treatment

Nick Carusillo, left, with his mother, Tina Carusillo, center, and his sister, Jessica Long. ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Carusillo died when he was hit by multiple vehicles on a Georgia interstate, just days after he was abruptly discharged from an addiction treatment center. Now his parents hope a substantial jury verdict in their favor will … Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder Raises MDD Relapse Risk After ECT

Borderline personality disorder was significantly associated with relapse after 6 months in adults with major depressive disorder who underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), based on data from 109 individuals. Dr Matthieu Hein ECT has demonstrated effectiveness for treatment of unipolar and bipolar major depression, but relapses within 6 months are frequent, and potential factors affecting relapse … Read more