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Anxiety Prevalent in First-Episode Major Depressive Disorder

Anxiety Prevalent in First-Episode Major Depressive Disorder

Anxiety is a common comorbidity among drug-naive individuals with first-episode major depressive disorder, according to cross-sectional study data published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Patients were recruited from the psychiatric department of a general hospital in Taiyuan, China. Drug-naive individuals receiving outpatient care and reporting first-episode major depressive disorder were eligible for inclusion. Demographic and clinical […]

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Antidepressant Adherence Linked to Increased Survival in Patients With Cancer, Study Finds

Antidepressant Adherence Linked to Increased Survival in Patients With Cancer, Study Finds

A study published this week in Depression & Anxiety suggests that among patients with cancer who are prescribed antidepressants, those who take the medication may live longer than those who are non-adherent. Patients with cancer are known to have higher rates of depression than the general public—a factor that may reduce adherence to cancer treatment and increase their […]

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Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Baby boomers match seniors in the use of benzodiazepines, while misuse is most common in those aged 18 to 25. Over 30 million U.S. adults took benzodiazepines in the past year, including 5.3 million who misused the medication, according to a study posted December 17, 2018, in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The findings, which were based […]

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How Pharmacogenomics Can Help Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression

How Pharmacogenomics Can Help Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression

Treatment-resistant depression can be a frustrating challenge for doctor and patient alike. The trial-and-error process of trying different medications and treatments to see what alleviates patients’ depression symptoms can feel like a “shot in the dark” approach. According to Ann McDonald, former editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, in her blog post on the Harvard […]

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House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law

By Abby Goodnough WASHINGTON — In the heat of the legislative fight over the Affordable Care Act, Obama administration officials argued that including a steep tax on high-cost, generous health insurance plans was critical to the law because it would hold down soaring costs while helping to pay for its expanded health benefits. On Wednesday, that […]

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Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year

Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year

Esketamine could initially become available through private clinics but potential side effects raise concerns. A ketamine-like drug that could be licensed in the UK as soon as November could transform treatment for severe depression, one of the country’s leading psychiatrists has said. The drug, called esketamine, which is administered through a nasal spray, would be […]

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Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies

Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies

INTRODUCTION Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is often difficult to treat. Effective interventions include a number of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies that are often provided in combination. Patients with fibromyalgia generally respond best to a multidisciplinary, individualized treatment program that incorporates the primary treating clinician and other healthcare providers, including physical medicine, rehabilitation, […]