Demystifying Medicine: Suicide and Depression in Time of COVID-19

Demystifying Medicine Lecture Series The COVID-19 pandemic has brought profound stress into our lives — from social isolation and hectic work schedules, to grief over the loss of those who have died from COVID-19 and the inability to fully gather together to mourn them. Populations with underlying depression and addiction disorders are particularly vulnerable to self-harm during these trying times. While depression, suicide and COVID clearly are associated in terms of public health, are they also linked mechanistically, particularly in regard to neurobiology? Are there genetic factors or biomarkers for susceptibility? The April 13 presentations will address both public health and neurobiology aspects of this complex situation. Our first speaker, Dr. Volkow, is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is a leading authority on the disease of addiction. She and her colleagues have recorded significant increases in many kinds of drug use since in onset of the pandemic in March 2020. They have developed strategies to help curb such drug use as well as to help those already in recovery maintain their regimen. Our second speaker, Dr. Zarate, is chief of the Experimental Therapeutics&Pathophysiology Branch in the National Institute of Mental Health. He has pioneered the use of ketamine to treat depression and reduce suicidal impulses. His lab conducts proof-of-concept studies utilizing novel compounds and biomarkers with PET, fMRI, magnetoencephalography and p...
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Conclusion: Mitigation of these effects by identifying subjects at risk and promoting dopaminergic homeostasis to help regulate stress-relative hypodopaminergia, attenuate fears, and prevent subsequent unwanted drug and non-drug RDS type addictive behaviors seems prudent. PMID: 32957797 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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The COVID-19 response must address mental health alongside containment of the pandemic itself. Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser. By Madhumitha Balaji and Vikram PatelAug 5 2020 (IPS) To fully realise the mental health crisis that India faces in relation to COVID-19, one has to begin with recognising the very serious situation that existed even before the pandemic. The government’s National Mental Health Survey reported that about 10 percent of adults meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health condition (ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to severe mental illness). The Global Burden of Disease study estimated t...
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During a virtual U.S. House subcommitteehearing today, APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., urged Congress to take action to curb the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.“We expect that, even after the infectious aspect of this pandemic is over, we’re going to have a mental health pandemic that could go on for quite some time,” Geller told the U.S. House Committee on Energy&Commerce ’s Subcommittee on Health.The hearing, titled “High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis,” addressed 22 pieces of legislation related to mental health ca...
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During a virtual U.S. House subcommitteehearing today, APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., urged Congress to take action to curb the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.“We expect that, even after the infectious aspect of this pandemic is over, we’re going to have a mental health pandemic that could go on for quite some time,” Geller told the U.S. House Committee on Energy&Commerce ’s Subcommittee on Health.The hearing, titled “High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis,” addressed 22 pieces of legislation related to mental health ca...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: call centers COVID-19 hearing Jeffrey Geller Medicare mental health parity psychologists suicide telemental health U.S. House Commitee on Energy & Commerce Source Type: research
  What is the link between addiction and mental illness? Is addiction a choice? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss whether addiction should be classified as a disease and whether or not it should require medical treatment. Gabe also shares his personal story of addiction and how it tied in with his bipolar disorder. What’s your take? Tune in for an in-depth discussion which covers every angle of this often controversial topic. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning...
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Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started taking a monthly injection to block her cravings for opioids. She was engaged to be married, working for a local health advocacy group in Colorado, and counseling others about drug addiction. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The virus knocked down all the supports she had carefully built around her: no more in-person Narcotics Anonymous meetings, no talks over coffee with trusted friends or her addiction recovery sponsor. As the virus stressed...
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  Can a relationship work when one person has severe mental illness? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss dating with bipolar disorder. They share their own story of dating, marrying and divorcing under the umbrella of Gabe’s bipolar diagnosis, and discuss the ups and downs from both perspectives. What are some positive signs that the relationship can last? And what are the clues that you might need to call it quits? Tune in for a heartfelt discussion on living and dating with severe mental illness. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!&n...
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At the dawn of the pandemic, as businesses shuttered and frontline workers braved inadequate conditions and the death toll began to tick frighteningly upward, I was home alone, nursing one selfish obsession: that I would use this time to get in really good shape. I am not proud of this–I would much rather write that I was raising money for communities disproportionately affected by this crisis, or delivering meals to the immunocompromised–but it’s the truth. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sharpened in my mind’s eye: this persistent fantasy of how I would emerge anew once the lockdown...
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AbstractThe present cross-sectional study examined the actor-partner interdependence effect of fear of COVID-19 among Iranian pregnant women and their husbands and its association with their mental health and preventive behaviours during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. A total of 290 pregnant women and their husbands (N = 580) were randomly selected from a list of pregnant women in the Iranian Integrated Health System and were invited to respond to psychometric scales assessing fear of COVID-19, depression, anxiety, suicidal intention, mental quality of life, and COVID-19 preventive behaviour...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
By KIM BELLARD In the wake of the protests related to George Floyd’s death, there have been many calls to “defund police.”  Those words come as a shock to many people, some of whom can’t imagine even reducing police budgets, much less abolishing entire police departments, as a few advocates do indeed call for. If we’re talking about institutions that are supposed to supposed to protect us but too often cause us harm, maybe we should be talking about defunding health care as well.   America loves the police.  They’re like mom and apple pie; not supporting them...
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