Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing News

 
 
  • History of Suicide Attempt Linked to Shorter Life Expectancy Mental illnesses are known to place people at risk for shortened life, but this is the first study to show suicide attempt is itself a risk factor for reduced life expectancy.
  • Near Incineration of Psychiatric Hospital Shows Need for Beds During the recent California wildfires, a private hospital's shutdown wiped out two-thirds of the psychiatric hospital capacity in the county. That a fire could so quickly devastate a county's inpatient psychiatric services underscores how few beds there are.
  • Low Folate, Vitamin D Implicated in First-Episode Psychosis Previous research has found an association between nutrient deficiencies and psychosis in patients with long-term psychotic illness. This is the first study to show this in first-episode psychosis.
  • Nature and Nurture Contribute Equally to Depression Risk For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in determining risk for major depression.
  • Gut Bacteria May Influence Infant Intelligence Animal models have linked cognitive development to the gut microbiome, but this is the first study to suggest gut microbiota may influence cognitive development in infants.
  • Ohio Politicians Call for Inquiry Into Jail Stun-gun Abuses In one video, Sergeant Mychal Turner stunned a mentally ill inmate with a Taser multiple times after the inmate defied an order to stand in his cell at Ohio’s Franklin County jail.
  • Autism Therapy: Social Behavior Restored via Brain Stimulation It may be feasible to treat behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder with neuromodulation, new research suggests.
  • A Dallas Boy May Be Victim of Munchausen by Proxy An expert provides some insight about how Munchausen by proxy happens, and why such cases often continue for years before anyone uncovers the deception.
  • Serious Mental Illness: Federal Panel Urges Better Care The United States needs to place greater focus on early identification of serious mental illness and more timely treatment, says a federal panel in its first-ever report.
  • AAAP Smoking Cessation Treatment in Mental Illness Effective Headway is being made in the treatment of tobacco dependence in psychiatric and substance abuse patients, owing to a better understanding of the safety and efficacy of therapeutic strategies.
  • 2017 Psychiatry News Quiz: Test Your Smarts The safety of antidepressants, corruption in a 'top rated' psychiatric hospital, and the opioid crisis were among the most read news stories by psychiatrists this year. Test your news knowledge.
  • Depressed High School Students More Likely to Drop Out Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say.
  • Drug-Induced Psychosis Ups Schizophrenia, Bipolar Risk In almost 6800 patients with psychosis that was induced by any substance, 32% converted to either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; 47% converted after cannabis-induced psychosis.
  • Childhood Maltreatment Drives Self-injury Childhood sexual abuse has been linked to nonsuicidal self-injury, but this is the first study to comprehensively review the association with other forms of childhood maltreatment.
  • An Awakening: Surgeon Liz O'Riordan's Story It's obvious that developing cancer changes a person. Less obvious is the way the whole thing plays out.
  • CB Sleep Interventions in Anxious, Depressed Adolescents Cognitive-behavioral (CB) sleep interventions provide the greatest benefits to adolescents with higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms, whereas other adolescents with sleep problems respond less well.
  • Benzodiazepines Tied to a 41% Increased Mortality Risk in AD A study points to a significantly increased risk for mortality in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who take benzodiazepines.
  • Dad's Depression Also Boosts Kids' Risk Maternal depression contributes to the risk for depression in children and adolescents, but new research shows paternal depression has an equally deleterious impact on children.
  • Hormonal Contraceptives Tied to Suicide The researchers call for greater awareness of the possibility that hormonal contraceptives can affect mood, particularly in adolescent girls.
  • Online Therapy Eases Depression, Anxiety in Primary Care Online cognitive-behavioral therapy, both alone and in combination with an Internet support group, is more effective than usual primary care for depression and anxiety, new research shows.