Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing News

 
 
  • Novel Strategy May Boost Access to Mental Health Care Training laypeople to deliver psychological interventions in resource-poor settings may be an effective way boost access to mental health services.
  • Psychiatry News Quiz 2016: Test Your Smarts Re-emergence of research into psychedelics for mental illness, doctors gone bad and MACRA's potential impact on incomes were among the most read stories by psychiatrists this year. Test your news knowledge.
  • Mental Health Legislation Boosts Access to Healthcare Since the passage of federal mental health laws, access to healthcare has improved, but hurdles remain for patients with severe mental illness.
  • FDA Smokes Black Box Warning on Chantix Siding with an advisory committee, the FDA approved dropping the black box warning regarding possible serious neuropsychiatric side effects with Pfizer's smoking cessation drug varenicline.
  • 21st Century Cures Bill: A Win or Loss for Healthcare? The sweeping healthcare legislation will increase funding for disease research, improve mental healthcare, and streamline the regulatory system for drugs and medical devices.
  • Heavy Teen Drinking Linked to Reduced Brain Volume Heavy drinking during adolescence has been linked to a reduction in brain volume in young adults.
  • Mental Disorders Predict Physical Disease and Vice Versa The two-way relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases has been laid bare in findings showing, for example, that affective disorders predict later arthritis.
  • AAAP Illicit Drug Users at 'Strikingly' High Risk for Suicide Among illicit drug users attending a primary care clinic, suicide risk was very high, a finding that suggests primary care may be a good place to screen for such at-risk individuals.
  • Off-Label Antipsychotic Prescribing Common in Very Young Kids Off-label prescribing of antipsychotics for very young children is common, despite a lack of safety and efficacy data. The findings may reflect the severe shortage of pediatric psychiatrists.
  • Irritability, Anxiety Precede Depression in Children Irritability, fear, and anxiety in children and adolescents are important targets for preventing depression in high-risk youth, new research shows.
  • AAAP Risk Factors for Overdose in Youth Identified Among persons aged 16 to 26 years who have substance use disorders and psychiatric comorbidities, rates of overdose, both intentional and unintentional, are high.
  • Alert Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Bill The Senate joined the House in approving the omnibus healthcare bill that speeds up drug approvals, funds research, strengthens mental healthcare, and combats opioid abuse.
  • Sharp Drop in Inpatient Suicides With VA Checklist Implementation of a set of standards that address the physical environment in Veterans Affairs hospitals has been linked to a significant and sustained drop in inpatient suicides, new research shows.
  • Children of People With Severe Psych Disorders May Have Cognitive Problems Children of people with severe psychiatric disorders may have cognitive difficulties and they need to be treated with sensitivity, according to a new study from Spain.
  • US House Passes Major Mental Health Care Bill The APA applauds the US House of Representatives for passing of the 'Cures Act,' which strengthens existing parity laws and will 'greatly benefit' patients with mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Bipartisan 'Cures' Bill Easily Passes in House Besides speeding up FDA approval of drugs and medical devices, the 21st Century Cures Act would pour billions of dollars into research, mental health, and prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.
  • Mental Disorders Top National List of Health Conditions A new health index shows that mood and substance abuse disorders are among the top conditions negatively affecting the health of Americans.
  • New National Mental Health Registry in the Works The APA is developing a national clinical registry to provide psychiatrists with more efficient means to meet Medicare reporting requirements and to establish a database for mental health research.
  • 'Virtual Hope Box' Delivers Real Results A convenient, discreet, and accessible smartphone app increases coping skills and helps curb stress and suicidal thoughts.
  • Well-Adjusted Dads Equal Better-Behaved Children Children of fathers who enjoyed parenting and were confident in the role when the child was an infant had better behavior scores when in their preteen years, a large UK cohort study shows.