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 highest increase in remote delivery of mental health care was reported in those working in outpatient facilities and in women. 
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Survey shows that having a pet was linked to maintaining better mental health and reduced loneliness, with 90% of the 6000 participants from the UK saying they had at least 1 pet.
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A combination treatment was found to be associated with significantly less weight gain and smaller increases in waist circumference than treatment with olanzapine alone.
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Pharmacy Times® interviewed Keri Donaldson, medical director and CEO of Prescient Medicine, about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the opioid epidemic in the United States.
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News consumption was found to be an especially strong predicative factor for acute stress and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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In June 2020, 56% of people over 50 years of age said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others, more than double the 27% who felt this way in a similar poll in 2018.
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Discontinuation of antidepressants should take place gradually, as abrupt stoppage or marked reduction in the dosage of an antidepressant is frequently associated with adverse effects (AEs), such as withdrawal symptoms.
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A study of Chinese women found COVID-19 heightened stress, fear, and depression during pregnancy. 
 
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Research suggests that those with progressive multiple sclerosis may have adjusted more effectively to lockdown conditions.
 
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The results of the study found that adults who experienced 4 common symptoms of anxiety and depression have upwards of 2 times greater risk of delaying medical care or not receiving needed non-COVID-19 medical care amidst the pandemic.
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The study evaluated whether conditions such as depression in adolescence are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
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