Avoiding and treating lithium neurotoxicity
Patient education and physician awareness during lithium pharmacotherapy can usually avoid lithium neurotoxicities. Careful prescribing with clinical monitoring facilitates safe practice. Serum lithium levels within therapeutic ranges provide evidence of appropriate treatment, and deviations from this regimen require explanatory documentation. Always consider renal, cardiac, general health status, and hydration factors while prescribing. Lithium clearance progressively declines with age and/or kidney dysfunction. Serum concentrations are standardized for assessment interpretation 12 hours after last dosing.
Walking as a protective factor against depression in geriatric-psychiatric patients
Million years ago, walking on two legs was a key attribute to human being development that distinguished itself from animals. Since then, we have been getting many benefits from walking. Is walking also beneficial to human’s mood? Can one improve depressed mood by walking? Many evidences suggest that physical activity/walking is a protective factor against depression (Brown et al., 2012; Robertson, R., Robertson, A., Jepson, & Maxwell, 2012). Physically active people often demonstrate lower rate of depressed mood than people with sedentary lifestyle and less engagement in physical activity (Middleton & Yaffe, 2009).
The Task Force on Men's Mental Health
Leo Sher, M.D.
The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Task Force on Men’s Mental Health was founded in 2013.
Currently, the Task Force consists of the following experts:
Chair: Leo Sher (USA)
Co-Chair: Zoltan Rihmer (Hungary)
Secretary: Timothy R. Rice (USA)
Prostate cancer, depression and suicidal behavior
Our article, “Prevention and management of depression and suicidal behavior in men with prostate cancer” has been published in “Frontiers in Public Health” under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Therefore, we can publish this article on the website, www.internetandpsychiatry.com Citation: Kiffel J and Sher L (2015) Prevention and management of depression and suicidal behavior in men with prostate cancer. Front. Public Health 3:28. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00028
Firearm safety education
There are over 30,000 gun-related deaths annually, thus, safety has become a health-care issue. Since 66% of these are suicides, it is of vast protective importance to psychiatric practice.
We should promote safety-related advise and information to our patients. Besides the plan to always store guns unloaded, locked-up, and apart from ammunition, emphasize close monitoring whenever handled by children, and for all users to be up-to-date on gun-safety rules.
TMS: An effective treatment for depression
Abstract. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a promising therapeutic option in psychiatry, especially for patients with treatment resistant affective illnesses. Some depressed people who are refractory to conventional therapies improve with TMS. Complications or side effects are uncommon. Administration requires no anesthesia, so patients can be fully alert and decisional during and after each session. TMS can be an acute therapy and also be a long-term intervention.
Translating the Evidence of Prescription Monitoring Program
Addiction, overdoses and deaths involving nonmedical prescription drug use, especially narcotic pain relievers, have risen dramatically over the last decade (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis [PDMPCE], 2014). In 2010, drug related poisonings were the leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries in the US. The number of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids has more than tripled since 1999; in 2010 these deaths were greater than those involving heroin and cocaine combined. A study estimated that in 2006 the total cost in the US of nonmedical use of prescription opioids was $53.4 billion (PDMPCE, 2014).
The New York Declaration
Recently, four members of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Task Force on Men’s Mental Health developed the statement on the future directions concerning the impact of childhood and adolescent adversities in the field of men’s mental health. The article, “Future directions concerning the impact of childhood and adolescent adversities in the field of men’s mental health: The New York Declaration” has been published in “Frontiers in Public Health” under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Therefore, we can publish this article on the website, www.internetandpsychiatry.com