Annual News Round-Up 2013 (Updated 2.1.14)


The Amazing World of Psychiatry: A Psychiatry Blog

2013 was a year which saw a lot of important developments in Psychiatry. The arrival of DSM-5 was accompanied by a rich debate about the nature of diagnosis and a reflection on the revisions in the new manual. In the UK there was strong political support for improving services and quality of life for people with Dementia and their carers.  For me one of the most remarkable findings was a study which found a 29 fold increase in urinary tract infections in people with Schizophrenia who had relapsed compared to a control group. Although this finding would benefit from replication it leads onto other interesting questions. There were other significant developments in genetics which we are going to see increasingly. Many mental illnesses now have a large number of gene associations although some of the effect sizes are small.

Mood Disorders

Researchers in this study looked at the outcome in…

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About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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