Insomnia linked to more suicidal thoughts and disease severity in schizophrenia patients

Insomnia is a common problem in patients with schizophrenia, and a new study reinforces a close association between insomnia, more suicidal thoughts and actions and increased problems like anxiety and depression in these patients. It also provides more evidence that keeping tabs on how patients are sleeping — and intervening when needed — is important to their overall care. We […]

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Study explains why antipsychotic medications lead to weight gain, promote metabolic syndrome

Why do patients who receive antipsychotic medications to manage schizophrenia and bipolar disorder quickly gain weight and develop prediabetes and hyperinsulemia? The question remained a mystery for decades, but in a paper published today in Translational Psychiatry, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine finally cracked the enigma. Antipsychotic drugs, scientists showed, not only block dopamine signaling in […]

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Cannabis and Psychosis

Skip to: What is psychosis? The evidence Biological explanation Cannabis is a plant-based drug derived from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Though long used as an illicit recreational drug, it is now being investigated for its medicinal properties. In 2016, over 190 million people used cannabis. Cannabis sativa. Image Credit: Dmytro Tyshchenko / Shutterstock However, as evidence comes in about […]

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We need more staff for a good treatment in psychiatry

“Save the medicine!” With this requirement in the star were 215 Doctors at the beginning of September for a nationwide stir. Your goal: for a radical Reform of the hospital sector. In many places it has been discussed: in hospitals, doctor’s offices and also in the television. Three weeks after the appearance of the appeal, the number of its supporters […]

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Psychiatric illnesses are common in adults and children with kidney failure: Such illnesses were linked with a higher risk of early death in adult patients

New research indicates that psychiatric illnesses are common in children and adults with kidney failure, and hospitalizations for such illnesses are associated with a higher risk of early death in adults. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN, suggest that clinicians who care for hospitalized patients with kidney failure should be aware of and prepared to manage […]

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Short-term use of opioids increases subjective pleasure: Risk of addiction

The human opioid system contributes to the regulation of emotions, pleasure and pain. Opioids are strong analgesics. In addition to effectively relieving pain, external opioids may improve mood and reduce negative emotions. However, not much has been known about the effect of opioids on emotional responses caused by external stimuli. Together with their colleagues from Aalto University and the University […]

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Ketamine reverses neural changes underlying depression-related behaviors in mice: Study sheds light on the neural mechanisms underlying remission of depression

Researchers have identified ketamine-induced brain-related changes that are responsible for maintaining the remission of behaviors related to depression in mice — findings that may help researchers develop interventions that promote lasting remission of depression in humans. The study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, appears in the journal Science. Major […]

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