PTSD May Accelerate Cognitive Decline Over Time

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with accelerated cognitive decline over time, new research suggests. In an analysis of more than 12,000 middle-aged women who had experienced at least one trauma in their lives, those with PTSD symptoms showed an approximately two-fold faster decline in cognition during follow-up compared with those who did not have … Read more

CBT May Improve Comorbid Posttraumatic Headache, PTSD

Cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs) can provide relief from comorbid, persistent posttraumatic headache and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. Results from a randomized clinical trial of almost 200 military veterans showed that, compared with usual care, CBT for headache led to significant improvement in both headache disability and PTSD symptoms. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) also … Read more

New Light on Why Some Psych Patients Don’t Respond to Therapy

Although most psychiatrists have encountered patients who don’t improve with treatment, novel research sheds some light on one possible explanation for this phenomenon. Investigators found that among patients who were “stuck” many believed that they didn’t deserve to get better and were significantly less likely to adhere to, or complete, a treatment program. “To the … Read more

Study Sees Surge in Use of Medical Cannabis

In 2020 nearly 3 million people in the United States sought out medical cannabis, in marijuana or other forms, more than four times the number who did so in 2016, a new study has found. Much of the increase involved people seeking medical cannabis for chronic pain, which remains the leading reason Americans say they … Read more

Unique Primary Care Model Effective for Comorbid Depression, PTSD

A unique primary care program successfully manages patients with depression and comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, if widely implemented may result in more rapid treatment and help alleviate wait times for specialty psychiatric care. Zachary Zuschlag, MD “We know there are strains on the mental healthcare system, and sometimes something as simple as getting … Read more

A ‘Crisis’ of Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts in Transgender Youth

Transgender youth are significantly more likely to consider suicide and attempt it compared to their cisgender peers, new research shows. In a large population-based study, investigators found the increased risk of suicidality is partly because of bullying and cyberbullying experienced by transgender teens. The findings are “extremely concerning and should be a wake-up call,” Ian … Read more

Intensive Outpatient PTSD Program Linked to Fewer ED Visits

NEW ORLEANS — Adult patients who completed an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for post-traumatic stress disorder were significantly less likely over the following year to require inpatient or emergency psychiatric treatment, according to a new study released at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. In an analysis of 256 individuals, over the 12 … Read more

Refugees’ High Burden of Chronic Pain Tied to Mental Illness

The covered study in this summary was published in researchsquare.com and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways The study found a high burden of chronic pain in Syrian adults refugees in Norway that has adverse consequences towards their daily workers. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are associated with higher levels of chronic pain in … Read more

Disasters Abroad a Major Trigger for Mental Illness in Expats

The 2020 explosion that rocked Beirut, killing more than 200, injuring more than 7000 and causing millions of dollars in damage had a significant impact on the mental health of Lebanese expatriates, leaving many grappling with anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , results of a new survey show. The findings highlight the importance … Read more

The Anxious Patient Needs Psychosomatic Primary Care

A balance between fear and relaxation is normal. However, mental dispositions and the continuous influence of environmental stimuli can disrupt this balance. A failure in therapy can often conceal unvoiced fears. This article is based on the lecture “State of the Art: Treating Anxiety Disorders” by Christian Albus, MD, director of the Clinic and Polyclinic … Read more