Intensive Outpatient PTSD Program Linked to Fewer ED Visits

NEW ORLEANS — Adult patients who completed an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for post-traumatic stress disorder were significantly less likely over the following year to require inpatient or emergency psychiatric treatment, according to a new study released at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. In an analysis of 256 individuals, over the 12 … Read more

The Mental Effects of Growing Up With a Hoarder

Many of us are reluctant to throw things out. We buy. We accumulate. We collect. Eventually our attics are packed with dusty heirlooms that we rarely, if ever, look at. Eventually we’re forced to pare down and head to the Goodwill. But not all of us. Andrew Guzick, PhD Hoarding — or the prolonged difficulty … Read more

Psych Support Improves Treatment Success

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a promising long-term food allergy regimen, but it can be so stressful that patients often quit. Providing young patients and their families with psychological support can increase the odds that they’ll complete the full course of OIT, according to a small, single-site study from Italy published in Clinical and Translational Allergy. … Read more

Caring for Suicidal Youth: An Approach for Pediatricians

This month’s column is driven by the recent increase of youth in crisis, and COVID-19–related limitations of higher-level services. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth1 and populations who face discrimination are at increased risk.2,3 A pediatrician colleague recently asked me about how to support patients who may be at risk. With … Read more