Impact of Psychiatric Follow-Up Frequency on Outcomes and Waiting Times
Naturally occurring variations in appointment frequencies do not appear to have a major impact on clinical outcomes, but they significantly affect waiting times.
High Rates of "Deaths of Despair" Observed Among White Americans
While White individuals are less likely to suffer from severe psychological distress, findings showed White individuals are more likely to experience “deaths of despair” when compared with Black and Hispanic individuals in the US.
Depression in Heart Failure: Data Support Psychotherapy or Medication Intervention
The findings not only underscore the efficacy of 2 major interventions—Behavioral Activation Psychotherapy (BA) and Antidepressant Medication Management (MEDS)—but also support patient autonomy in choosing their preferred path to mental well-being.
Study Shows Mental Health Disparities Among Transgender, Nonbinary Communities
A national analysis found significant disparities between non-binary transgender individuals and cisgender individuals related to mental health.
Veterans' Mental Health Care Trends Favor Telemedicine
A comprehensive report exhibits how in-person, telephone-, and video-based care has trended from 2020-2023 within the US Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.
Extended Study Shows Consistent Safety, Efficacy in Complex Mental Health Treatment
Topline results from a pivotal phase 3, open-label extension study showcase the long-term safety and efficacy of olanzapine and samidorphan (Lybalvi) in patients with schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, or bipolar I disorder.
What We’re Reading: New Behavioral Health Model; Potential Long COVID Explanation; Consistent Sleep Over Sleep Duration
The new Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model is designed to test for improving outcomes for adults with mental health and substance use disorder; patients with long COVID show prolonged activation of the immune system’s complement system after an acute infection; scientists now believe our bodies benefit most when our sleep is consistent, not just long.
What We’re Reading: Health Insurance Premiums; Drug Price Hikes; Postpartum Depression Pill Access
Families with workplace health insurance may have missed out on $125,000 in earnings over the past 3 decades due to rising premiums; so far, there have been about 600 drug price hikes in January; experts worry that minority and low-income people will not have easy access to zuranolone, the first FDA-approved postpartum depression pill.
Lowered MoCA Cut Points Enhance Cognitive Impairment Detection
Results revealed current cut points may lead to a high false-positive rate, prompting a call for lower thresholds in both language versions to enhance diagnostic accuracy.
Rethinking Workplace Well-Being: Individual-Level Interventions Found to Be Ineffective
While individual interventions have become popular among employers to enhance workplace well-being, a new study shows interventions may have to take place on an organizational level to be effective.
Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change Among Vulnerable Populations Globally
Human activity is driving climate change, unleashing a cascade of physical and mental hardships on vulnerable populations.
Therapists’ Perspectives on Access to Telemental Health Among Medicaid-Enrolled Youth
This qualitative study elucidates therapists’ perspectives on barriers to and facilitators of access to telemental health among Medicaid-enrolled youth served by a large safety-net organization.
Veterans With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Show High Prevalence of Psychiatric Burden
Approximately 70% of veterans with drug-resistant epilepsy reported diagnosis of at least 1 psychiatric condition, with female patients showing a higher prevalence than male patients.
Contributor: The Mental Health Crisis, How We Got Here, and Where We Go Next
Addressing the mental health crisis in the United States warrants innovation in treatment and recovery, and the development of mechanisms to provide and pay for them accordingly.
Sleep Duration Associated With Schizophrenia, Study Finds
A Mendelian randomization study found that some sleep traits, including duration, were associated with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Burden of EPS in Commercial Patients With Schizophrenia Initiating Atypical Antipsychotics
This study investigated the 1-year incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), as well as the incremental economic burden, in patients with schizophrenia initiating atypical antipsychotics.
Taking Action Against the Rising Mental Health Crisis: Efforts From Health Plans, Congress, and More
Marking Mental Health Awareness month, stakeholders involved in the delivery of behavioral health care services discuss current efforts underway—spearheaded by the novel 988 emergency hotline—to address the growing mental health crisis.
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