Mental Health Toll of COVID-19 Pandemic Varied Worldwide

People across the world have experienced elevated mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, with major differences seen across several countries and continents, according to a new report. North Americans reported more symptoms of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder, whereas Europeans had more insomnia and Latin Americans had more psychological distress. Anxiety and depression … Read more

Detachment Predicts Worse Posttraumatic Outcomes

Feelings of detachment following a traumatic event are a marker of more severe psychiatric outcomes, including depression and anxiety, new research suggests. The results highlight the importance of screening for dissociation in patients who have experienced trauma, study investigator Lauren AM Lebois, PhD, director of the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Research Program at McLean Hospital … Read more

Hepatitis C Meds Linked to Improved PTSD Symptoms

The combination of the two antiviral medications glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Mavyret) is linked to improved symptoms in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. A national cohort study of US Department of Veterans Affairs patients included more than 250 participants with PTSD and comorbid hepatitis C virus. Results showed the glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (GLE/PIB) combo was more … Read more

Distorted Time Perception During the Pandemic Tied to Stress

The passage of time felt altered for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from difficulty keeping track of the days of the week to feeling that the hours either crawled by or sped up, new research suggests. Results showed the sense of present focus, blurring weekdays and weekends together, and uncertainly about the future … Read more

Expert Views on Psychoactive Drugs at Odds With US Policy

Psychiatrists’ perceptions of the safety, therapeutic value, and abuse potential of psychoactive drugs are inconsistent with current drug policy, results from a new survey show. Adam Levin, MD “The consensus among experts, including psychiatrists, about specific drugs is not consistent or congruent with the schedule of these drugs” in the United States, lead author Adam … Read more

Active Shooter Drills May Be Harming Children, but Doctors Offer Help

Gun attacks in classrooms across the nation have led principals and other school leaders to implement “active shooter” drills to try to increase the safety of their students and faculty. The drills can range from staging lockdowns and sheltering in place to quasi dramas with mock shooters roaming the halls. Although the goals of these … Read more

Why Pandemic, Personal Stressors Push Some to Problem Drinking

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. We live in particularly stressful times, and some people turn to alcohol to cope with challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to any number of personal stressors. And the hits just keep coming, as it seems like stressful infectious disease news keeps … Read more

Does Ketamine Live Up to the Hype in Depression?

This transcript has been edited for clarity. Stephen M. Strakowski, MD: Hello. Thank you so much for joining us today. I’m very excited to have two very illustrious and intelligent guests talk us through an interesting topic, the use of ketamine for depression. I’m Dr Stephen Strakowski, a professor of psychiatry at both Indiana University … Read more

How Are Canadians Minding Their Mental Health During COVID?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadian adults reported actively taking care of their mental health through activities such as staying in touch with loved ones and participating in hobbies, according to a new report. The vast majority of those who responded to a survey said they communicated with friends and family, and more than half … Read more

University Offers Program to Guide Psychedelic Tx

In September, the University of California, Berkeley, will start training its first class of “trip facilitators,” who will learn how to guide individuals through therapeutic psychological experiences aimed at addressing a variety of mental health problems. The UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) training program aims to create a cadre of facilitators … Read more