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Carlat Psychiatry Report

News of Note: Suicide

Half of People Who Commit Suicide Have No Psychiatric Diagnosis A recent study shows that even though 83% of people who commit suicide have had healthcare services in the year before their deaths, only about half of these had a mental health diagnosis. The research, published in the February 2014...
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Carlat Psychiatry Report

A Blood Test for Suicide?

Scientists May Have Found a Genetic Marker for Suicide. Prediction of suicidal behavior has long been considered more of an art than a science, although the use of clinical and demographic features can help improve risk assessment (see, for instance, TCPR, June 2012). An...
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Antidepressants

Research Updates in Psychiatry

DEPRESSION Can SSRIs Change Personality? Ever since Peter Kramer wrote Listening to Prozac, we have suspected that SSRIs do more than simply treat depression; that they can make some patients “better than well.” That is, that they actually transform our patients’ underlying characters or...
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Antidepressants

Research Updates in Psychiatry

SUICIDE Depression and Suicide Attempts Over Time Suicide remains impossible to predict, though there have been no shortage of retrospective studies attempting to guide us. Risk factors for suicide attempts include being female (being male confers a greater risk of completed suicide), a history...
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ADHD

Research Updates in Psychiatry

ADHD Study Investigates Long-Term Course of ADHD A recent follow-up of the Multisite Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) study investigated the long-term course of ADHD and the impact of short-term treatment on long-term outcomes. A decade ago, children with ADHD were randomly...
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