‘Comprehensive’ Model Flags Recurrence Risk for Panic Disorder

A new “comprehensive” model integrating a variety of factors may help flag individuals at risk for recurrence or persistence of panic disorder (PD), new research suggests. Investigators based in France and the United States analyzed data for almost 800 patients with DSM-IV-diagnosed PD. Results showed that having a “general psychopathology factor,” defined as the shared … Read more

Women With Fear of Pregnancy Call for Clinician Compassion

Cee Elliot is afraid of pregnancy. The 29-year-old retail manager in Connecticut said she has felt that way since puberty, when she “finally understood” pregnancy and reproduction. Always squeamish around babies and pregnant people, she said, as she she learned about complications birth can cause, the idea of ​​carrying a child herself became repulsive. Later, … Read more

How Can We Help Refugees With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

This article was originally published in Italian on Univadis . The arrival of Ukrainian refugees in Italy, and especially the arrival of women and children coming from the cities most affected by the attacks, has made local medical services the first point of contact for the diagnosis and care of the psychological effects of war. … Read more

Has the Anti-Benzodiazepine Backlash Gone Too Far?

When benzodiazepines were first introduced, they were greeted with enthusiasm. Librium came first, in 1960, followed by Valium in 1962, and they were seen as an improvement over barbiturates for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. From 1968 to 1982, Valium (diazepam) was the No. 1-selling US pharmaceutical: 2.3 billion tablets of Valium were … Read more

One in Three Ukrainian Refugees Could Develop PTSD

According to estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 3 million people have already fled from Ukraine. As of March 18, around 200,000 of these refugees had fled to Germany, according to information from that country’s police force. They are escaping from bombs, tanks, and the destroyed infrastructure of their … Read more

Navigating Patient Requests for an Emotional Support Animal

When Serena-Lian Sakheim-Devine’s best friend from childhood died of cancer, she felt sad and lonely while away at college. Wanting something warm to snuggle, she got a guinea pig and named her Basil. Then she got two more and called them Nutmeg and Paprika. The three became her Spice Girls. “They were of great comfort … Read more