Skin-Picking, Hair-Pulling Disorders: Treatment Options Limited

INDIANAPOLIS – despite the common prevalence of skin-picking disorder and trichotillomania (hair pulling), no Food and Drug Administration–approved treatments exist for either condition. And while both body-focused repetitive disorders affect a greater proportion of females than males, “we have no current information that is useful about what hormonal influences may or may not play in … Read more

Self-Injury and Suicide ‘All Too Common’ in Type 1 Diabetes

Depression, self-harm, and suicide among people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are “underappreciated” among healthcare practitioners, according to Katharine Barnard-Kelly, PhD, who founded the Reducing Suicide Rates Among Individuals With Diabetes (RESCUE) advocacy group in 2021. “We have the most advanced technology to achieve glycemic control, but the mental burden remains underappreciated,” she … Read more

Psilocybin Effective Up to 12 Weeks in Severe Depression

NEW ORLEANS – A single dose of a synthetic formulation of psilocybin provides rapid improvement in treatment-resistant depression, with benefits sustained for up to 12 weeks, according to results from the largest randomized controlled study of psilocybin to date. Dr Guy Goodwin “This is easily the largest study of a psychedelic drug employing modern randomized … Read more

Study Provides New Data on Isotretinoin and Psychiatric Effects

The use of isotretinoin to treat acne was not associated with an increase in adverse neuropsychiatric outcomes, compared with the use of oral antibiotics, in a large retrospective cohort study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Although severe neuropsychiatric effects associated with isotretinoin therapy in patients with acne have been reported, “the evidence base…is … Read more

‘Alarming’ Rate of Suicidal Behavior in Long-term Care Residents

Suicidal behaviors are common in older adults — and especially older women, new research suggests. In a meta-analysis that included 20 studies and more than 3 million total individuals living in long-term care (LTC), the prevalence rate for suicidal behavior was more than 6%. In addition, the most common of these behaviors was suicidal ideation. … Read more

Doctors Have Failed Them, Say Those With Transgender Regret

In a unique Zoom conference, a number of detransitioners enumerated the ways they said the medical establishment initially failed them when they transitioned to the opposite gender, and again, when they decided to go back to their natal gender. The forum was convened on what was dubbed #DetransitionAwarenessDay by Genspect, a parent-based organization that seeks to … Read more

Alarming Rates of Self-Harm in Adults With Autism

When a recent study from Columbia University reported that suicide and self-harm were nearly four times more likely in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in the general population, the findings were sobering. But to many in the field, they were not surprising. Previous analyzes showed individuals with ASD were up to six times … Read more