Therapy Effective and Efficient Long-Term For Depression

There is robust evidence for the long-term effectiveness of psychotherapy, and it also provides good value-for-money, according to a large randomized control trial published open-access this month in The Lancet. The researchers recommend that clinicians refer all patients with treatment-resistant depression to therapy.

Depression During Pregnancy, Unhealthy Diet, and Child Emotional Dysregulation

One reason that depression is linked to later psychological problems in children could be because depressed mothers often have less healthy diets.

Grandmother Murders old Friend: Court Accepts SSRI as a Cause

Based on a psychiatrist's recommendation that the effects of citalopram (Celexa) had contributed to a 61 year-old grandmother's lethal bludgeoning of her friend of...

NY Times: A.D.H.D. Experts Re-Evaluate Zeal for Drugs

Authors of a 1999 paper that promoted medication over behavioral therapy for A.D.H.D.,  in fact dismissing behavioral therapy as unnecessary in light of the apparent...

Different Antipsychotics Have Different Effects on Brain Volume

First generation antipsychotics seem to cause general brain volume loss, while second generation antipsychotics seem to both increase and decrease the thickness of different parts of the brain.

In-school Exercise a Help for Attention Deficits

Researcher Michele Tine of Dartmouth College’s Poverty and Learning Lab reports in the journal Frontiers in Psychology that 12 minutes of aerobic exercise caused...

Misrepresentation of Research in the News

French researchers, publishing in PLoS Medicine, find that the mismatch between perceived and real beneficial effects of new treatments is related to the presence...

“Doctor: ADHD Does Not Exist” (Time Magazine)

Dr. Richard Saul comments in Time Magazine on this week's New York Times article on the dramatic increase in adults taking ADHD medication: "Over the...

Psychotropics During Pregnancy Raise Risk of Babies with Low Birth Weight, Hospitalizations

The use by mothers of any of four major classes of psychiatric medications during pregnancy significantly raises the risk that their babies will be born with low birth weights and will need to be hospitalized.

Many Physicians Don’t Understand Key Facts about Prescription Opioid Addictions

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey of 1000 US primary care physicians found that many do not understand basic medical facts about the addictive nature of the opioids they are prescribing.

Educating Psychiatrists and Patients Does Not Reduce Polypharmacy or Obesity

Teaching psychiatrists the appropriate prescribing guidelines for patients with schizophrenia did not reduce the incidence of inappropriate prescribing.

Family Economic Context Linked to Adolescents’ Antipsychotic Use

In a study of the Swedish Medical Birth Registry published in the British Medical Journal, researchers identified all 324,510 single children born between 1988...

Are DNA Changes the Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness?

Researchers at Duke University who studied 183 adolescents for three years found that increased depression associated with poverty may be mediated by epigenetic changes in DNA. The...

Jury Awards $3M to Family of 5-Year-Old With Topamax-Related Birth Defects

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $3 million to the family of a 5-year-old born with cleft palate and lip as a result of the mother...

Veterans Often Being Given Risky Combinations of Opioids and Psychotropics

The vast majority of veterans who are taking opioids for pain are also being prescribed one or more psychiatric medications.

Maternal Skin-to Skin Contact Affects Long-Term Development

Israeli researchers find that maternal skin-to-skin contact with pre-term infants are related to "dynamic cascades of child physiological regulation and parental provisions in shaping...

One Million in U.K. Addicted to Prescribed Benzos

The Times of London reports today that more than a million people in the U.K. are addicted to benzodiazepines prescribed to them by their...

Sales of Antipsychotics Predicted to Drop, Then Hit a High by 2021

After a drop to $6.5 billion in 2014, due to the loss of patent protection by the Seroquel, Zyprexa, and Abilify, sales of antipsychotics...

NIH Defends Nemeroff Grant, Issues Talking Points

When it awarded yet another multimillion-dollar grant to Charles Nemeroff, a key figure in the controversy over conflicts of interest involving pharmaceutical research, U.S....

Psychotherapy Shows Positive Outcomes in German Hospitals

In what the authors describe as "the first meta-analysis on the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic hospital treatment in Germany," two Hamburg University Medical Center researchers...

Increasing Mental Health Diagnoses of Youth, by Non-Psychiatrist MDs

The mental health care of young people has increased more rapidly than that of adults, and has coincided with increased psychotropic medication use, according...

Oregon Court Affirms Forced Medication for Defendants

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled yesterday that judges can force criminal defendants to take antipsychotic medication in an effort to make them competent for...

Mindfulness Meditation Comparable to Medication for Depression

Researchers from Johns Hopkins, publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed the research literature on mindfulness meditation to find that it...

Eli Lilly Defeats “Bellwether” Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit

The Federal jury hearing the first of 5000 claims against Eli Lilly for hiding the risks of withdrawal symptoms associated with Cymbalta found that Lilly did not...

Taking “Holidays” from ADHD Drugs Helps Prevent Growth Retardation in Children

It's common for children and adolescents to take prolonged "drug holidays" from their ADHD medications during summer months away from school, and there appear...