Daily Archives: September 1, 2016

Ketamine May Relieve Suicidal Thinking ‘Rapid and robust’ attenuation of suicidal ideation in depressed patients

Repeated infusions of ketamine “rapidly and robustly” decreased chronic thoughts of suicide in half of patients with treatment-resistant depression, secondary analysis from a preliminary open-label study showed. At the end of the series of infusions, 7 out of 14 patients … Continue reading

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Self-Harm Lowest With Lithium in Bipolar Disorder Rates of injury, suicide lower with lithium than other mood stabilizers

Lithium was more effective than other maintenance monotherapies in reducing impulsive aggression and the tendency of patients with bipolar disorder to inflict self-harm and unintentional injury, a longitudinal cohort study showed. In addition, self-harm rates in those prescribed valproate were … Continue reading

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Access to Mental Health Services Still Lags Researchers look at recent survey data

Despite much more insurance coverage than in the past, patients with behavioral health needs are not getting the treatment they need, according to a recent study. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was supposed to improve access to … Continue reading

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Mental Health Parity Still Lags for Drug Use Disorders

Spending for treatment stagnates in face of burgeoning opioid abuse While financing for mental health conditions by private insurers, Medicaid, and Medicare has increased over the past 30 years, funding for substance use disorder treatment remains stagnant, according to a … Continue reading

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U.S. Shrink Supply May Be Shrinking

The number of practicing psychiatrists in the U.S. has stalled over the last decade, in contrast to an upward trend among many other specialties, researchers found. Co-author Harold Pincus, MD, of Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told MedPage Today … Continue reading

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Locked Psych Wards Found No Safer

Fewer escapes and suicide attempts with open doors “These findings suggest that locked-door policies may not help to improve the safety of patients in psychiatric hospitals, and are not generally successful in preventing people from absconding,” said lead study author … Continue reading

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