Are Depression and Anxiety Meds OK During Pregnancy?

SOURCES: Mary Kimmel, MD, assistant professor and medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.” National Library of Medicine: “Generalized anxiety disorder: course and risk factors in pregnancy,” “Detecting Patterns of Prescription Drug Use During Pregnancy and Lactation with Visualization … Read more

Are you lonely and what you can do about it?

In India too, a number of people may suffer from pangs of loneliness even while being cosseted by family. (PTI Image) By Aruna Sankaranarayanan That the family is the most central and cohesive unit of our Indian social fabric is practically indisputable. Though the joint family system has increasingly splintered into nuclear residences, the family … Read more

Can gaming help my depression?

Joe, from Glasgow, has been an avid gamer all his life, but it wasn’t until he experienced a traumatic incident in his 20s that he learnt video games can be used for more than just having fun. Watch the full documentary: ‘Gaming and Me: Connections, Identity and Support’ on BBC iPlayer. If you’ve been affected … Read more

COVID Stressing the Nation’s Stress Therapy System

Amy Cirbus, PhD, Talkspace, New York City. Lucy McBride, MD, Foxhall Internists, Washington, DC. LucyMcBride.com. Lynn Bufka, PhD, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. American Psychological Association. Death Studies: “Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for complicated grief: a randomized controlled trial.” Psychiatric Services: “Outcomes of 98,609 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs patients enrolled in telemental health services, 2006-2010.” … Read more

Looking Back on 2020: Top COVID-19 Search Terms

National Institutes of Health: “Therapeutic Management of Patients with COVID-19.” World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Similarities and differences with influenza.” FDA: “FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.” YouTube: “COVID-19 food safety tips,” Jeffrey VanWingen. … Read more

10 Questions With Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer Actor/author/singer, 27, New York 1. Your new movie, Alice, is about a woman who escapes servitude in 1800s Georgia, only to discover that it’s 1973. Although production has been pushed back, what appealed to you about the role? Though we’re tackling things such as slavery and oppression and … Read more

Depression Risk Rises from Too Much Social Media

Nathaniel Counts is senior vice president of behavioral health innovation for the nonprofit Mental Health America. He said the researchers did a good job of accounting for other factors that could explain the link between social media use and depression. However, depression is complicated, and it’s difficult to tease out the role of a … Read more

Recall: Erectile Dysfunction, Depression Drugs Mixed Up

Dec. 10, 2020 — Sildenafil and trazodone tablets have been recalled by pharmaceutical distributor AvKare because the drugs were “inadvertently packaged together” when they were bottled by a third-party vendor, according to the company. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction, and trazodone is used to treat major depression. … Read more

COVID Fuels Depression In Pregnant Women, New Moms

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 may be behind a concerning rise in the number of women suffering anxiety and depression before and soon after childbirth, a new study says. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston surveyed more than 1,100 pregnant and postpartum women … Read more