Mental Health News Update: 6/24

Forget to check for mental-health-related news stories this week?  There were certainly plenty of them out this week, but I thought I’d highlight a few of them for your convenience.

Depressive Symptoms: Like Father, Like Child
by Bruce Jancin/Internal Medicine News

His study also demonstrated that the adverse impact on children’s behavioral and emotional functioning is compounded when both the mother and father have mental health problems. For example, in homes where both parents experienced depressive symptoms, fully 25% of children had emotional or behavioral problems, a rate more than fourfold greater than when neither parent was affected.

Criteria Changes for Bipolar Disorder proposed for DSM-V

by Deborah Brauser/Medscape News

June 17, 2011 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) — The upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), may include revisions for diagnosing mixed episodes while keeping the current duration criteria for hypomanic episodes in bipolar disorders, according to 2 presentations by members of the DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group at the 9th International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD)

Op-Ed: The Future of Psychiatry
by Lloyd I. Sederer, MD/Huffington Post

What do I mean when I say that health and mental health care are not doing enough of what we know works? For example, only half of people with depression who come to their primary care doctor have that condition detected, and of those, less than half receive treatment that follows recognized “care paths,” or guidelines about how to best treat a condition. For example, in New York State, most people who turn to a mental health clinic for a serious mental condition do not stay for more than four visits, far too few visits to effectively improve their condition. For example, only a small fraction of people with an illness like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia receive comprehensive care, in an ongoing manner, where they are on medications, engaged in therapy, have family counseling and receive support to stay in or return to school or work.


Blog: Perserverence can pay off in finding the right antidepressant
by David Mrazek, MD/Mayo Clinic

Today there’s a more efficient method that can minimize problems that occur after increasing the dose. It’s now possible to collect DNA by just rubbing a “cheek swab” on the inner surface of the cheek. The swab is then sent to a laboratory to determine your genetic metabolic capacity.


The Surprising Silver Lining of Sadness
by Ginny Graves/Prevention

“In studies on depressive rumination—which usually find that it’s an unhealthy habit—most people say they see it as useful in some ways,” says Dr. Andrews. “It helps them gain insight into their problems.” The ruminations could be self-incriminating (If I had been a better listener, maybe he wouldn’t have left me) or anxiety provoking (What if I have the same bad luck at my next job?), but the insights they provide can be useful. “You are thinking about ways to improve your situation—about what you can learn from it and do better next time—rather than worrying about the potential negative outcomes,” explains Natalie Ciarocco, PhD, a professor of psychology at Monmouth University who has also studied rumination.



One Comment to “Mental Health News Update: 6/24”

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