Self-Worth Training Boosts Ketamine’s Effects in Severe Depression

A simple computer-based neurocognitive training program that emphasizes self-worth can extend the antidepressant effects of ketamine for up to 30 days in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), new research suggests. The double-blind, randomized clinical trial is the first to assess combining ketamine with a low-cost protective learning program, researchers note. They add that the findings … Read more

Money Matters in Psychiatric Assessment

Despite money’s central role in our lives, many trainees — and some seasoned practitioners — skirt around financial issues. Some clinicians confess that inquiring about patients’ finances feels “too personal.” They fear that asking about money could suggest that the clinician is primarily concerned with getting paid. Some clinicians feel that looking into patients’ finances … Read more

Mixed Results for Intensive Home Care for Psychiatric Crises

Intensive home treatment may offer an alternative to inpatient care for patients in acute psychiatric crisis — but the intervention is no outright alternative, new research suggests. In a randomized controlled trial of more than 200 participants, intensive home treatment was associated with a 34% decrease in the number of inpatient hospital days in the … Read more

Police Often Called for Emergency Mental Health Transfers

University health clinics in Ontario, Canada frequently enlist law enforcement to accompany students during transfers to mental health facilities, a new study finds. Physicians fear that this practice is harmful. At some clinics, the police routinely handcuff students during the trip to the hospital. “The people we interviewed were all on the same page, but … Read more

Recent-Onset CV Disease Raises Risk for a Psychiatric Diagnosis

The study covered in this summary was published on MedRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at increased risk for a psychiatric diagnosis, independent of family characteristic, comorbidities, and medical history. Development of a psychiatric disorder in the year after a CVD … Read more