Self-Management App May Reduce Bipolar Depression, Boost QoL

A smartphone-based self-management intervention developed for patients with bipolar disorder (BD) can help decrease depressive symptoms and improve quality of life, new research suggests. In a randomized clinical trial of usual care plus the experimental smartphone-based intervention known as LiveWell vs usual care alone, participants in the smartphone group who were categorized as low-risk or … Read more

Cluster Headache Tied to Risk of Mental, Neurologic Disorders

Cluster headache (CH) is associated with a significantly increased risk for comorbid conditions, including mental disorders and other neurologic disease, leading to significant disability and absenteeism, new research shows. Results from a Swedish register-based study also showed that patients with CH had a sixfold increased risk for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and a twofold … Read more

Can a Mediterranean Diet Ease Depression in Young Men?

This transcript has been edited for clarity. Drew Ramsey, MD: Welcome back everyone. I’m Dr Drew Ramsey. I’m on the editorial board with Medscape Psychiatry and I’m an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. We have a special guest today. I’m here with nutritionist Jessica Bayes, who’s at the University of Technology Sydney, … Read more

Perceived Discrimination Tied to Worse Recovery After MI in Young

Perceived discrimination — unfair treatment due to their race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other factors — in day-to-day life was common in young myocardial infarction (MI) survivors and was associated with worse recovery, new research suggests. In this study, patients competed with three questionnaires assessing perceived discrimination, general mental and physical health, and angina-related … Read more

Novel Intervention Relieves Depression in MS Patients

An internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (iCBT) program specifically designed for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) significantly reduced depressive symptoms compared to usual treatment, new research shows. Participants in the randomized controlled trial who received iCBT either benefits alone or in combination with weekly emails from therapists reported that persisted up to a year after therapy. Although … Read more

New CDC Guidance on Prescribing Opioids for Pain

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated and expanded recommendations for prescribing opioids for adults with acute and chronic pain not related to cancer, sickle cell disease, or palliative/end-of-life care. The 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline provides guidance on determining whether to initiate opioids for pain; selecting opioids and determining opioid … Read more

Marital Stress Tied to Worse Outcome in Young MI Patients

Severe marital stress was associated with worse recovery after myocardial infarction (MI) in a large US cohort of married/partnered patients aged 55 years or younger. Compared with patients who reported no or mild marital stress a month after their MI, patients who reported severe marital stress had worse physical and mental health, worse generic and … Read more

Similar Quality of Life Reported in Diagnosed, Undiagnosed ADHD

Teens diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood reported similar overall quality of life compared with teens with ADHD behaviors but no childhood diagnosis, a new study finds. The results align with findings from other studies suggesting lower quality of life (QOL) in teens with ADHD, but the current study is the first known to focus … Read more

Subtle Visual Dysfunctions Often Precede Early-Stage Psychosis

Subtle subjective visual dysfunctions (VisDys) are common and are associated with poorer outcomes of patients with schizophrenia and recent-onset psychosis or who are at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis, new research suggests. A multinational group of investigators found that said Vis-more often by patients with recent onset psychosis and CHR than by those with … Read more

Bullying People With Hidden Disabilities Creates Misery, Fear

Bullying of disabled people is extensive. According to a Columbia University study, 1 in 3 disabled children have globally experienced violence. It is not only children who are the target of bullying; bias against disabled adults is also common. In my almost 30 years of treating people with disabilities, I have seen the intense emotional … Read more