In the new issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the results of a pilot study (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health) show a New Approach to Reducing Suicide Attempts Among Depressed Teens. The treatment approach “includes medication plus a newly developed type of psychotherapy that targets suicidal thinking and behavior (CBT-SP) that shows promise in treating depressed adolescents.” I do wonder if this research could be expanded to look at efficacy on adults.
In other news, US News & World Report filed a story about a study that shows smoking in pregnancy is linked to psychotic symptoms in kids. Honestly, the comments to this story is more interesting.
According to an article in Sciencedaily.com, University of Missouri researchers have found evidence that nearly half of those diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30.
The Guardian’s David Owen looks at mental illness and political leaders.