Tag Archives: Food and Drug Administration

The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens Become a fan There’s a very uninformed, ongoing stigma that mental illness is some sort of weakness. There’s an equally uninformed stigma that if a person can’t “deal with” their mental illness on their own, that they’re weak. Both of these mindsets reflect a willful lack of education, but they are not what […]

a blood test to diagnose depression in adults

A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published today. But the discovery does not mean the test can be offered to the public just yet, officials said. Depression is one of the most difficult mental […]

Evidence-Based Treatments of Addiction

Charles P. O’Brien FOCUS 2011;9:107-117.   Both pharmacotherapy and behavioural treatment are required to relieve the symptoms of addictive disorders. This paper reviews the evidence for the benefits of pharmacotherapy and discusses mechanisms where possible. Animal models of addiction have led to some medications that are effective in reducing symptoms and improving function but they […]

Continuing the Conversation about Choosing Wisely: The American Psychiatric Association Releases List of Five Uses of Psychiatric Medication to Question

  Joel Yager, MD, Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine Chair of the APA Council on Quality Care   Recently the APA released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in Psychiatry as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five specific evidence-based recommendations that can […]