Children`s mental health

Gender Identity

Interesting article on Medscape (here) this week that highlights changing attitudes to the medical treatment of people with gender identity dysphoria. The trend seems to be towards an increasingly biological view of the issue. Certainly some of the very positive reported outcomes for such patients are encouraging. The Royal College of Psychiatrists in UK has […]

Pregnancy and depression

The debate on antidepressants in pregnancy continues with an article published in JAMA Pediatrics (available here) by Boukhris this week that concludes: Use of antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, during the second and/or third trimester increases the risk of ASD in children, even after considering maternal depression. Further research is needed to specifically assess […]

What traditional societies can teach us about raising children

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, has a very interesting new book that devotes a chapter to examining how children are raised in traditional communities. The book is called ‘The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies‘ and makes fascinating reading.

Mindfulness, anxiety, depression and cancer

This study by Zhang et al was flagged up by Medscape. This was an interesting meta-analysis as though the abstract reads as positive in some ways, actually the most important measures showed little effect. This study seems to suggest that not all types of mindfulness are effective for long-term symptom remission.

New class of drugs for depression?

A very interesting Phase 1 trial of a potential new drug for major depressive disorder was published in Molecular Psychiatry by Fava et al this week, available here. This study used a novel drug that encourages neurogenesis in the hippocampus. This is thought to be the same mechanism that mediates the therapeutic effects of older […]

End-of-Life care preferences in Japan

An interesting paper was published in Health Policy this week that examines preferences around End-of-Life care among the Japanese public. It would not be the sort of article I would usually flag for readers, except for the author is yours truly. I hope readers will forgive the narcissism of me providing a link to my […]

TV viewing, physical activity and cognitive function

Interesting paper in JAMA Psychiatry by Huang et al (available here) publishing results from cohort data analysis showing an association between high TV viewing and low physical activity in early adulthood, and poorer cognitive function (limited to certain domains) in middle age. Makes interesting reading. Here are their conclusions: High television viewing and low physical […]

Lithium maintenance treatment and kidney function

An important paper in the Lancet this month by Clos et al (available here) presents cohort data that shows that kidney function does not seem to be adversely affected by treatment with lithium. This is more important than it sounds as lithium remains the gold standard for maintenance treatment of bipolar affective disorder, a condition […]

Depression in children and screen time

I found a reuters news article that linked to an interesting paper on the association between depression and screen time in children (reuters article and paper both available here.) It seems that very long periods of time every day in front of TV or computer screens are associated with higher risk of depression, but modest […]

Methylphenidate for ADHD in Children

A Cochrane review has recently been published, reviewing the research evidence for the efficacy of methylphenidate for ADHD in children and adolescents. It is available in the Cochrane Library here. It concludes that though some of the outcome measures show a clear beneficial effect for methylphenidate, that the evidence is comparatively weak given how methylphenidate […]