One-third of Americans are on drugs that could make them depressed

One in three Americans are taking beta blockers, heart medications and antacids that could make them depressed, and the more they take, the worse the risks, a new University of Illinois study reveals.
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CONCLUSIONS: Individuals at high risk for suicide with prescribed access to any psychotropic medication should be targeted for means safety interventions. PMID: 30418710 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Clin Psychiatry Source Type: research
Authors: Szafranski DD, Gros DF, Acierno R, Brady KT, Killeen TK, Back SE Abstract Treatment dropout is often assumed to be due to worsening or lack of symptom improvement, despite minimal research examining symptom change among treatment dropouts. Thus, the present study examined symptom change in veterans who discontinued evidence-based treatment for comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD). Participants were veterans who completed at least 1 session of a 12-session Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders using Prolonged Exposure (COPE) for comorbid PTSD/AUD. T...
Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Clin Psychol Psychother Source Type: research
This report presents a case of compassion focused therapy for a Japanese female with major depressive disorder and suicidal feelings. After receiving compassion focused therapy, the patient recovered and began to have social interaction with others again. This case suggested the importance of psychoeducation, exercises involving compassionate images and breathing, and a compassionate relationship in conducting compassion focused therapy. PMID: 30416837 [PubMed]
Source: Case Reports in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Case Rep Psychiatry Source Type: research
Authors: DiSciullo AA, English CD, Horn WT Abstract Modafinil has been used as an adjunctive medication in the treatment of bipolar 1 depression with reported success. Case reports have been published demonstrating modafinil induced mania in bipolar patients and modafinil induced psychosis in schizophrenic patients. To our knowledge, we report the only case of modafinil induced psychosis in a patient with bipolar depression treated with both mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. In addition, it is the quickest onset to psychosis (2 days) at the lowest dosage of modafinil (100 mg/day) reported in the literature. Alth...
Source: Case Reports in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Case Rep Psychiatry Source Type: research
This article will discuss the current barriers to broader implementation of telemedicine for geriatric patients including reimbursement from the Medicare program. Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine is limited to rural areas, which does not allow for the widespread development of telemedicine programs. All Medicare beneficiaries would benefit from increased access to telemedicine services, not only those living in rural areas. As many elderly and disabled individuals have mobility problems, home-based telemedicine services should also be made available. There are efforts in Congress to expand the coverage of these serv...
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our results show prescription rate of ADs in bipolar disorder was maintained at substantial level and increased in recent 3 years. More empirical data and evidence are needed to establish practical treatment consensuses. PMID: 30416410 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
Nicolas B. Senese, Mark M. Rasenick, John R. Traynor
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
(Reuters Health) - Survivors of traumatic brain injuries may be more than twice as likely to die by suicide as individuals without a history of injuries like concussions or skull fractures, a research review suggests.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
We examined past year rates of NMUPPRs and major depressive episode (MDE), using data between 2008 and 2014 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health for both youths (12-17 yrs.) and adults (18 or older). Prevalence estimates with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were computed. Stratified analyses and generalized linear models were run to examine the association between NMUPPRs and MDE, controlling for treatments received for mental health and/or substance misuse. In order to explore whether MDE effect might change by treatment received, a model with an interaction term including MDE and treatment was fit. Results Amon...
Source: Postgraduate Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Postgrad Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: Naloxone influenced nicotine withdrawal and strengthened significantly by cue exposure, both on objective measurement and on craving scales. These findings suggest an involvement of the endogenous opioid system in the development and maintenance of nicotine dependence.Eur Addict Res 2018;24:255 –265
Source: European Addiction Research - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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