Mental Health

The Pharmacy Times® Mental Health resource center provides a home where mental health experts and pharmacists can meet to learn about the latest clinical news from the field. With articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content, this is a one-stop shop for folks in both professions.

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The researchers found that the likelihood of being hospitalized for a somatic disease was just as high during the periods when the patients were on antipsychotic drugs as when they were not; however, the differences in mortality were clear.
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Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) induced by lamotrigine was recently an active topic on social media, with users following a recent article that reported an Austin, Texas detective had died from the condition in 2018.
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Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; clinical psychiatric pharmacist, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ, discusses the higher risk for potential adverse effects of suicidal ideation and behavior, and depression in younger patients.
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Officials with the FDA have approved Intra-Cellular Therapies’ lumateperone (Caplyta) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults, according to the company. 
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Many individuals with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral therapy have viral genetic material in the cells of their cerebrospinal fluid, making them more likely to experience memory and concentration problems, according to the results of a new study.
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The FDA has granted Fast Track Designation for the development of PH94B (VistaGen Therapeutics), a neuroactive nasal spray for on-demand treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD).
 
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In addition to handling issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide screenings, and anxiety, many mental health pharmacists deal with typical metabolic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.
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Exercise improves psychological, behavioral, neurobiological, and overall health of patients.
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Suicide rates in the United States increased in nearly every state between 1999 and 2016. More than half of the states had a more than 30% rise in suicides during that period. In 2016, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.
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Officials from the FDA have approved Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s asenapine (Secuado) transdermal system, which is the first-and-only transdermal patch for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia, according to the company.
 
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A recent study has revealed that just under half of the US population fears random mass shootings and terrorist attacks. 
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The Pacific Ketamine Institute is now offering esketamine nasal spray (Spravato, Johnson & Johnson) for the treatment of patients who don't respond well to traditional oral antidepressants. It is a prescription medication to be used alongside an oral antidepressant.1