Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Girl in Facebook Live Hanging was Prescribed Antidepressant

From the Miami Herald: Naika Venant, a 14-year-old girl who died by suicide this past January, had been prescribed Zoloft, an antidepressant with a black box...

Videos from Trial Over Generic Paxil-Induced Suicide

The trial of Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline over the alleged paroxetine-induced suicide of Stewart Dolin recently began. Click the following links for video depositions of...

‘Do Antidepressants Work?’ is the Wrong Question

“This research points to the inadequacy of asking the simple question: ‘Do antidepressants work?’ Instead, the value or otherwise of antidepressants needs to be understood in the context of the diversity of experience and the particular meaning they hold in people’s lives.”

Animal Study Supports Influence of Probiotics on Resilience to Stress

Researchers experimenting on mice found that Lactobacillus—the probiotic commonly found in yogurt—may help reduce depressive symptoms in reaction to chronic stressors. But human studies have found mixed results.

Patients More Likely to Refuse Drug-Only Treatment, Study Finds

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published a study finding that patients assigned to drug-only treatments were more likely to refuse treatment, and more likely to drop out before treatment completion, than patients assigned to psychotherapy only.

Trial set to Begin in Litigation Over Generic Paxil-Induced Suicide

From The Cook County Record: The trial of Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline over the alleged paroxetine-induced suicide of Stewart Dolin began on March 14th. The trial is...

Collaborative Care Effective for Older Adults with Depressive Symptoms

A new study suggests that depressive symptoms in older adults can be improved with non-invasive behavioral activation techniques. These approaches appear to have a preventative effect, serving to prevent further depressive symptoms from developing.

Workplace Bullying may be Linked to Long-Term Health Issues

From Psychological Science: A recent study shows that workplace bullying is associated with significant mental health and physical health problems for employees, including longer sick leaves...

Most Off-Label Prescribing of Antidepressants Lacks Strong Scientific Evidence

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, investigates the prevalence of off-label prescribing for antidepressant medication in primary care settings.

Major National Newspaper Looking for Drug Withdrawal Stories

From the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: A major national newspaper is looking for people in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects...

Despite Increase in Treatments, Prevalence of Mental Health Issues Climbs

Findings show that despite increases in treatment availability, the prevalence of mental health issues has not decreased.

Moms Reach $6.2-million Settlement in Paxil Lawsuit

From The Province: Mothers alleging that taking Paxil during pregnancy caused heart problems for their children have reached a settlement of $6.2-million with GlaxoSmithKline U.K. Article...

Experts Concerned That Depression Screening Will Lead to Overdiagnosis

Behind the U.S. task force recommendation to screen all children and adults for depression.

We Need to pay Better Attention to Medication Side Effects

From KevinMD.com: Doctors often fail to recognize that their patients' symptoms are side effects of medication. "Cognitive dissonance, a universal human phenomenon, is based on the assumption...

New Data Show Lack of Efficacy for Antidepressants

An article published this month in the journal BMC Psychiatry suggests that there is a lack of efficacy for SSRIs and that they significantly increase the risk of serious side effects.

The Sedated Society: the Real Story of our Prescribing Epidemic

BBC 5 live ran a recent piece that aimed to explore why antidepressant prescriptions have doubled in the last ten years. Unfortunately, it failed to address the drivers of this epidemic – industry-backed diagnostic inflation and the lax regulation of medicines.

Interpersonal Therapy May Prevent Postpartum Depression

Interpersonal therapy reduces the risk of postpartum depression in mothers on public assistance during first 6 months after giving birth.

Trials Comparing Treatments for Depression Favor Pharmacotherapy when Statisticians Involved

A meta-analysis looks at the effects of researcher background on study findings for trials comparing pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for depression.

Alternative Therapies for Adolescent Depression as Effective as CBT, Study Finds

Brief psychodynamic and psychosocial interventions help maintain reduced depressive symptoms

Quitting Smoking May Help with Depression

A new study suggests that smoking cessation is related to depressive symptom improvement, but that depression may also make it harder to quit.

New Data Supports Acupuncture as a Treatment for Depression

Researchers found acupuncture effective in the treatment of chronic pain and depression

Neuroscience-based Treatment Program Proposed for Adolescent Depression

A study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience proposes a new model for the treatment of adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).

Antidepressant use During Pregnancy may Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Use of antidepressants increased the risk of organ-specific malformations in women with depression

Antidepressant Use May Increase Risk of Hip Fractures in Older Adults

Study finds antidepressant use is linked to increase in hip fractures in community-dwelling older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease.

Treating Metabolic Conditions May Resolve Some Depressive Symptoms

New research suggests that treatable metabolic abnormalities underlie some treatment-resistant cases of depression—and treating the metabolic condition has the possibility of dramatically reducing depressive symptoms

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Antidepressants and Pregnancy

According to recent data, roughly ten percent of pregnant women take an antidepressant. Numerous research studies have shown that antidepressants cross the placenta. What effect does this chemical exposure have on the developing fetus?