Editors' picks this month include stories on ECT, schizophrenia, the Paris attacks, nutritional psychiatry (really), and the prescription opioid epidemic.
A compilation of editors' picks of noteworthy articles published in October, in no particular order.Can you think of other important or interesting stories? Let us know in the comments box (include your full name and professional title please). [mentions are not endorsements]For last month's Roundup, click here.To view the slides in PDF format, click here.
Fear and the High Cost of Terror
On November 13, 2015, the Paris attacks shook the city and the world. In its aftermath, a podcast highlights the political debate on freedom, refugees, and national security in the "new age of terror." âNew York Times. Also see Paris Attacks: The Mental Scars of Terrorism. (Discovery News) Image Â©simpleBE/Shutterstock
Public Health Leaders Urge Far-Reaching Reforms to Curb Prescription Opioid Epidemic
In an exhaustive report titled “The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence- Based Approach” researchers “issued recommendations aimed at stemming the prescription opioid epidemic, a crisis that kills an average of 44 people a day in the US.” Further, “the data strongly indicate that the vast majority of prescription drugs that are abused come from legitimate prescriptions.” âJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, and Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food
The author notes, “The burgeoning field of nutritional psychiatry is finding there are many consequences and correlations between not only what you eat, how you feel, and how you ultimately behave, but also the kinds of bacteria that live in your gut.” âHarvard Health Publications
The National Psychosis Unit: Curing the Incurable
The article reports on the psychiatric hospital, the National Psychosis Unit (NPU) in London, which accepts patients “whose severe and disabling psychotic illnesses have proven unresponsiveâ¦” The author sees the NPU as “a collective reminder of the importance of physical wellbeing during mental illness.” Could this be a new model of care? âThe Lancet Psychiatry
The Return of Electroshock Therapy
Psychiatrist Sarah Hollingsworth Lisanby steps out of her role as chair of the psychiatry and behavioral-sciences department at the Duke University School of Medicine and into a new one as director of the division of translational research at National Institute of Mental Health. Having “devoted her career to . . . a kinder, gentler form of ECT,” the author asks, “Can Sarah Lisanby help an infamous form of depression treatment shed its brutal reputation?”âThe Atlantic