Saturday, June 6, 2015

Psych Related Headline News Links


pg 1 of the MIA Archive for D-Day 2015:

Interventions, Organizational Factors Rarely Studied in Nursing Home Suicides

There is a "paucity" of research into why elderly people in nursing homes commit suicide, according to a review of the literature in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. And in the studies that have been done, the roles that nursing home conditions, staff or different psychiatric or psychological interventions may have played are rarely examined.More →

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Not an Onion Study: First Three-month Injectable Antipsychotic Better Than Acute Withdrawal

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever injectable antipsychotic that lasts for three months, according to a press release from the pharmaceutical company Janssen. The approval occurred on the basis of one clinical trial in which the injectable drug prevented relapses more effectively than did placebo. The patients randomly switched to placebo, however, were put into sudden withdrawal from the antipsychotics they'd been taking.More →

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Over 13% of American Boys Have Had an ADHD Diagnosis

A total of 9.5% of children aged 4-17 in the US have at some point been diagnosed with ADHD, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control. While prevalence statistics often rely on the administration of mental health screening tests, the latest statistics reflect actual diagnoses given to the children by physicians or mental health care providers. The CDC also identified significant trends based on gender and income levels.More →

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Psychotic Experiences “Common” or “Infrequent” in General Population Depending on Whose Press Release

Psychotic experiences such as hallucinations and delusions are either "more common than previously thought" in the general population or "infrequent in the general population," depending on whose press release is consulted about a study in JAMA Psychiatry. And the significance of the findings seemed to differ in each press release, too.More →

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British Government Plans to Illegalize All Unapproved Psychoactive Substances

Shortly after publishing an article in the British Medical Journal advocating for a loosening of laws to allow more research into psychedelic drugs, a Kings College London psychiatrist was publicly criticizing newly announced British plans to implement absolute restrictions on any psychoactive substances not approved by the government.More →

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Antidepressants Do Work Well — We’ve Simply Been Evaluating Them Incorrectly

The reason that SSRI antidepressants have seemingly not performed better than placebo is because their effects have been measured incorrectly, according to a reanalysis of clinical trial data published in Molecular Psychiatry. A more appropriate way to measure SSRI efficacy, the researchers argued, is to ignore the answers to 16 of the 17 questions about patients' feelings that were typically asked during the drug trials.More →

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Psychologist Takes Over America’s Second-Largest Jail

Reuters reported that clinical psychologist Nneka Jones Tapia has been appointed head of Chicago's Cook County Jail, "the nation's second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill."More →

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Suicides Among Black American Children Rise Significantly

Suicides among US children aged 5-11 remained steady overall between 1993 and 2012, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. However, the researchers noted, the suicide rates dropped among white children, and increased significantly among black children.More →

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Troubled Neighborhoods Seem to Raise Risk of Psychotic Disorder Diagnoses

People who live in more "disorganized" and troubled neighborhoods -- especially high-crime ones -- are more likely to get diagnoses of psychotic disorders, according to a study inPsychological Medicine.More →

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Mass Shooter Believed He Had a “Broken” Brain and Therefore No Hope

The man charged in the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado believed that he was mentally ill with a "broken brain" that could not be truly fixed. After "neuroscience" had failed, James Holmes wrote in his journal which has been posted on BuzzFeed, the only possible escape would be through "mass murder at the movies.”More →

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