Will Mental Health Elements of Gun Law Prevent Mass Shootings?

On June 25, President Joe Biden signed into law the most extensive gun safety legislation in decades. Coming after a rash of mass shootings this year, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act expands background checks for gun purchasers younger than 21 years and stiffens penalties against so-called straw purchasers, who buy a gun and sell it … Read more

Asian American Teens at Highest Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

NEW ORLEANS — In an unexpected finding, researchers discovered that Asian American adolescents had the highest rate of suicidal ideation, per a 2019 national survey of high-school students. According to a weighted analysis, 24% of Asian Americans reported thinking about or planning suicide vs. 22% of Whites and Blacks and 20% of Hispanics (P < ... Read more

When Suffering Defies Diagnosis

I still remember the woman who came to my office that day, years ago. She was struggling and uncomfortable, and she wanted “something” for stress. She described her life, and to me, it sounded stressful. She lived in a blended family and she described the chaos that one might expect to find in a household … Read more

COVID-Induced Anxiety in Physicians: How Did I Cope?

When the pandemic hit the world, I was working as a psychiatry consultant at a hospital. With the lockdown, much of the hospital seemed deserted. In the doctor’s parking lot, where it was normally hard to find a spot, only a few cars were parked. Once busy corridors were nearly empty. So was the doctors’ … Read more

Spain’s New Mental Health Care Plan Aims to Aid Young People

In light of the alarming increase in mental disorders, members of the Spanish National Health System’s Interterritorial Council (CISNS) approved the 2022-2024 Mental Health Action Plan on May 11. The document, long awaited by professionals in the sector, was launched in coordination with the National Health System’s Mental Health Strategy. The roadmap outlines measures that … Read more

Hormonal Contraceptives Protective Against Suicide?

Contrary to previous analyses, women without a history of psychiatric illness who take combined hormonal contraceptives do not have an increased risk for attempted suicide but may have a reduced risk with extended use, new research suggests. In a study of more than 800 women younger than age 50 who attempted suicide and more than … 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

Sexual Minority Youth in Canada Face Higher Suicide Risks

Sexual minority adolescents in Canada — those who are attracted to the same gender or multiple genders, or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer — experience increased risks for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, according to a new report. Transgender youth were five times more likely to think about suicide and 7.6 … Read more

Self-Injury and Suicide ‘All Too Common’ in Type 1 Diabetes

Depression, self-harm, and suicide among people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are “underappreciated” among healthcare practitioners, according to Katharine Barnard-Kelly, PhD, who founded the Reducing Suicide Rates Among Individuals With Diabetes (RESCUE) advocacy group in 2021. “We have the most advanced technology to achieve glycemic control, but the mental burden remains underappreciated,” she … Read more

Genetic Testing for Best Antidepressant Accurate, Cost-Effective

Genetic testing to determine the best antidepressant for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) has the potential to lead to an optimal drug choice on the first try and reduce healthcare costs, new research suggests. CYP2D6 and CYP2C19, from the cytochrome P450 family, are involved in the metabolism and elimination of various molecules, including medications. … Read more