From The Journal of Family Practice:
Do dietary interventions improve
ADHD symptoms in children?
Probably not, the authors of this Clinical Inquiry conclude, based on a thorough summary of the evidence. The take-away message for family physicians—who often see children and parents affected by this increasingly common disorder—is that neither removal of sugar and artificial food colorings from the diet nor supplementation with fatty acids leads to an improvement in symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
From Current Psychiatry:
Discontinuing an antidepressant?
Tapering tips to ease distressing symptoms
Most physicians have encountered patients who report distressing symptoms when they have forgotten to take their antidepressant for a few days—or have had changes in the medication regimen. A discontinuation syndrome can occur with almost any antidepressant, highlighting the need to slowly taper these medications when discontinuation is part of a treatment plan.
Sex-related differences in antidepressant response: When to adjust treatment
Understanding why men and women may respond differently to antidepressants helps clinicians better tailor their treatment choice and dosing. This article focuses on the ways in which major reproductive phases of adult women (the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause) affect response rates to various antidepressants—and can influence clinical decisions regarding antidepressant timing and dose, as well as potential adjunct treatments.
Mental health in the news:
Recent headlines in primary care and psychiatry
Parent-Autistic Child Interactions
But program does not result in clinically significant reductions in autism severity…May 21 (HealthDay News).
Major Depression Prevalent
After Traumatic Brain Injury
Predicts poorer health-related quality of life; prior depression history linked to higher risk…May 18 (HealthDay News).
Fathers Show Risk of Prenatal,
Meta-analysis puts rate at 10.4 percent; paternal and maternal depression are positively correlated…May 18 (HealthDay News).