Addressing Mental Healthcare in the LGBTQ Community
June 11, 2021   

NEI sat down with Drs. Rhonda Schwindt and Dr. Stephen Forssell for an expert discussion on disparities in the mental health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals...
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Positive School Climate and Suicidality Among LGBTQ Youth
June 9, 2021   

Suicide has been increasing in the adolescent population and most particularly among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Stigma and discrimination towards sexual and gender minorities are thought to increase depressive symptoms that may in turn bring about suicidality. Given the ...
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Psychological Intervention During Tapering Of Antidepressant Medication May Be Alternative To Maintenance Monotherapy To Prevent Relapse
June 6, 2021   

Clinical guidelines recommend at least two years of antidepressant maintenance after remission from depression for patients at high risk of relapse. However, psychological intervention while undergoing tapering of antidepressant medication may be an alternative to long-term antidepressant use. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials...
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FDA Approves a New Atypical Antipsychotic With Less Adverse Effects
June 2, 2021   

The US Food and Drug Administration announced their approval of Alkermes’ combination of olanzapine and samidorphan, for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia and/or bipolar I disorder...
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Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Cut Suicide Death Risk in Half
June 1, 2021   

In a recent population-based cohort study of patients with schizophrenia who received oral antipsychotics (OAPs), data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database was analyzed. Within this cohort, the study examined risk of suicide in those patients who switched to long-acting injectable antipsychotics compared to those who remained on OAPs...
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Two Key Suicide Risk Factors Identified in Borderline Personality
May 24, 2021   

Suicide is a complex major public health concern that has been associated with many psychiatric disorders. Borderline personality disorder includes frequent self-injurious behaviors and suicide attempts. Clearly defining and distinguishing the suicide attempts risk associated with borderline personality disorder in a nationally...
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HHS Announces $3 Billion In Funds For Mental Health And Substance Abuse Block Grants
May 19, 2021   

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces $3 billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Block Grants to address mental health and substance abuse. This is the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for....
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Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Psychiatric Symptoms in Young Adulthood
May 18, 2021   

Emerging evidence shows that air pollution can directly and indirectly harm the central nervous system. Recent results from the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study reported on the association between air pollution and the development of psychopathology in a population-based cohort of...
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Suicide Risk Prediction Tools Fail Certain Populations, Including People of Color
May 13, 2021   

Due to increasing concern that the use of prediction models in healthcare exacerbate existing disparities, the current study evaluated racial/ethnic differences in the performance of statistical models that predict suicide. The prediction models used data from outpatient mental health visits to seven large integrated healthcare systems by patients 13 years or older. Suicide death in the 90 days after a...
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Association Between Gender-Affirming Surgery and Improved Mental Health
May 10, 2021   

Gender-affirming surgery refers to any surgical procedures offered to affirm the gender identities of transgender and gender diverse people. Evidence supporting a positive effect of gender-affirming surgeries on mental health is largely derived from low-quality studies. A secondary analysis of the...
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