Category Archives: Mental Health

Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma not the only ones to blame for US opiod crisis. Not by a long shot.

The News: After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma LP (Stamford CT) finally filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. But it’s hardly a done deal, according to The New York Times…. Read more »

Close (but not too close) encounters with God confer mental health benefits, say researchers at Johns Hopkins. This definitely isn’t your typical medical article.

The News: Profound religious experiences are linked to lasting mental health benefits, new research suggests. In a survey study of more than 4000 individuals, those who reported having profound personal… Read more »

It’s time to reclassify schizophrenia as a neurologic disorder.

The News: A mental health advocacy group has spearheaded a new initiative to reclassify schizophrenia as a neurologic, rather than a psychiatric, disease. The action is designed to reduce stigma and ultimately… Read more »

Stodgy Johns Hopkins wants FDA to clear psilocybin mushrooms for depression. Here’s what you need to know (or recall) about the differences between magic shrooms and, say, LSD.

The News: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic… Read more »

Physician burnout taking center stage; what patients should know as burnout percentage soars.

The News: Nearly half of medical residents report burnout during their second year of residency, and 1 in 7 report regretting their career choice, according to a prospective study published online last… Read more »

Coffee drinkers stunned as new study suggests caffeine consumption worsens Alzheimer’s symptoms. Now what?

The News: Long-term consumption of caffeine would worsen the neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study on mice, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology. So far, many studies… Read more »

Study finds working the graveyard shift can have more serious health consequences than previously thought. New data should support better compensation.

The News: Night-shift work may wreak havoc with blood-sugar levels, a new study asserts. Researchers analyzed data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those… Read more »