Category Archives: Mental health

AMA Releases Guidelines for mHealth Apps

Mobile health apps and associated digital health devices, trackers and sensors can vary greatly in functionality, accuracy, safety and effectiveness. While physicians enthusiastic and optimistic about digital health innovation and its potential medical benefits, some mHealth apps and devices that … Continue reading

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members … Continue reading

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Suicide Rate at 30 Year High

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. [More…]

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Task Force Calls for Depression Screening During and After Pregnancy

This week the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated their recommendations on screening for depression in adults. Included in the recommendations is the screening of women for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. This is the first time … Continue reading

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Psychiatrists Like Working in Integrated Care Teams

A survey of psychiatrists participating in integrated care teams report high satisfaction with their work. They describe that a collaborative care model allows them to leverage their expertise to reach a large number of patients in a variety of practice … Continue reading

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AMA Moves to Ban Direct-To-Consumer Pharmaceutical Ads

According to the AMA, direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals and medical devices drives up health care costs and should be banned. [More…]

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Diabetes Screening Inadequate in Mentally Ill

New research shows that despite long-standing recommendations that severely mentally ill patients who take antipsychotics undergo annual screening for diabetes and other metabolic disorders, only 30% receive such screening. A recent research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine described a retrospective cohort … Continue reading

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Americans Say They View Mental and Physical Health As Equally Important

A recent Harris Poll survey about attitudes toward mental health was conducted on behalf of the Anxiety and Depression Associations of America, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Over 2,000 US adults over 18 … Continue reading

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National Academy of Medicine Establishes Standards for Psychosocial Treatments

A new report by the National Academy of Medicine, titled, “Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards” highlights the need to strengthen evidence on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions, and to develop guidelines and … Continue reading

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Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic To Prevent Relapse in First Episode Schizophrenia

Research published in JAMA Psychiatry demonstrated that long-acting, injectable, second-generation antipsychotic medication has tremendous potential to bring clinical stability to persons with first-episode schizophrenia. According to the authors, “long-acting medications are rarely used following a first episode of schizophrenia.” Patients … Continue reading

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