Medical Home Model Improves Mental Health Treatment

A medical home that provides conventional primary care with a focus on mental health appears to be an effective model for managing patients with serious psychiatric illnesses, new research has found. Patients with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder die at rates 2.2 times higher than the general population. But people with … 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

Ukraine and PTSD: How Psychiatry Can Help

The war in Ukraine is resulting in a devastating loss of life, catastrophic injuries, and physical destruction. But the war also will take an enormous mental health toll on millions of people, resulting in what I think will lead to an epidemic of posttraumatic stress disorder. Think about the horrors that Ukrainians are experiencing. Millions … 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

Heart Rate Variability May Aid Objective Diagnosis of PTSD

Heart rate variability (HRV), as assessed during a deep breathing test, may lead to improved diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry. It is estimated that between 8% and 15% of clinically recognized pregnancies and up to 30% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage — a loss … 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

Psychiatrist’s License Revoked After Alleged Sexual Assaults

The Osteopathic Medical Board of California has revoked a psychiatrist’s license because it found that he sexually assaulted two patients after giving them ketamine and that he had an affair with the sister of another patient. In its decision, the board stated that the psychiatrist, Cuyler Burns Goodwin, DO, committed gross negligence, violated ethical standards, … 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

High-Intensity Exercise Helps Patients With Anxiety Quit Smoking

DENVER ― High-intensity exercise may help patients with anxiety quit smoking, new research shows. Results from a randomized study of 150 participants reporting symptoms of anxiety showed that among daily smokers who received a personalized, high-intensity aerobic intervention, rates of smoking abstinence were nearly twice as great as for those who received a lower-intensity exercise … Read more

Psychedelics’ Interaction With Psych Meds: More Q’s Than A’s

Psychedelics, including psilocybin and MDMA, are promising for a variety of psychiatric disorders, but there are few data showing how these drugs interact with traditional psychiatric medications, new research shows. “Despite prolific psychedelic research and public interest, I was surprised to see little clinical research on how psilocybin and common psychiatric treatments interact,” study investigator … Read more