‘New Kid on the Block’ May Help Relieve PTSD, Panic Disorder

A digital intervention may offer a new and effective treatment option for panic disorder (PD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The 28-day home-based treatment, known as the Capnometry Guided Respiratory Intervention (CGRI), uses an app-based feedback protocol to normalize respiration and increase patients’ ability to cope with symptoms of stress, anxiety, and … Read more

Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Underestimated Reality?

PAU, France — Postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tends to get worse over the months following the birth of a child. Therefore, it’s necessary to screen for it as early as possible and to ensure that women who are affected are given the proper treatment. This was the message delivered during the Infogyn 2022 conference … Read more

Colorado Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters have passed a ballot initiative to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms for 21 and older people and to create state-regulated “healing centers” where participants can experience the drug under supervision. Colorado becomes the second state, after Oregon, to vote to establish a regulated system for substances like psilocybin and psilocin, the hallucinogens … Read more

Imaging IDs Brain Activity Related to Dissociative Symptoms

Trauma-related dissociation consists of several subtypes, with unique brain signatures depending on the type of dissociative disorders, new research suggests. Results from a neuroimaging study showed that different dissociative symptoms were linked to hyperconnectivity within several key regions of the brain, including the central executive, default, and salience networks, and decreased connectivity of the central … Read more

Sexual Assault-Related Visits to the ED Are on the Rise

Visits to emergency departments (EDs) following sexual assault increased 15-fold from 2006 through 2019, as determined from a national database of visits to hospitals in the United States. Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show an increase in reported rapes and sexual assaults (SAs) since 2006, and studies of victims show an increased … Read more

Higher PTSD, BPD in Transgender vs Cisgender Psych Patients

Transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) individuals with mental illness appear to have higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared with their cisgender counterparts, new research shows. Although mood disorders, depression, and anxiety were the most common diagnoses in both TGD and cisgender patients, “when we compared the diagnostic profiles [of … Read more

Suicidal Ideation Associated With Increased Alcohol Use During Pandemic

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were more than twice as likely to report suicidal ideation if they had increased alcohol consumption, according to a new report. Men and adults over age 65 were the most likely to have links between alcohol consumption and suicidal thoughts. Mélanie Varin “Suicide is an important … Read more

Digital Mental Health Training Acceptable to Boarding Teens

ANAHEIM, CALIF. A modular digital intervention to teach mental health skills to youth awaiting transfer to psychiatric care appeared feasible to implement and acceptable to teens and their parents, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Dr Samantha House “This program has the potential to teach evidence-based mental health … Read more

‘Disturbing’ Lack of Follow-up Care After a Psychiatric Crisis

There is a concerning lack of follow-up care for young people who experience a mental health crisis, new research suggests. Results from a large database study showed less than half of youth and young adults hospitalized for a psychiatric event received follow-up care within 7 days. The follow-up rate was less than 30% for those … Read more

Doctors Less Open to New Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

Family physicians are almost three times less likely to offer a new patient appointment to a patient with opioid use disorder (OUD), compared with a patient with diabetes, new data from Ontario, Canada suggest. In a randomized clinical trial that included almost 400 family physicians, those with more than 20 years’ experience were almost 13 … Read more