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psychotic major depression

Amy McKeever, SueEllen Alderman, Stephanie Luff, Brian DeJesus
Severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) refers to complex mood disorders that include major depressive disorder with or without psychosis; severe anxiety disorders resistant to treatment; affective psychotic disorders including bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder; and other nonaffective subtypes of schizophrenia. SPMIs affect 1 in 17 people and are among the leading causes of disability and impaired health-related quality of life in the United States. Caring for childbearing women with preexisting SPMI can be challenging for maternal-child health clinicians...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Aloise de Codt, Pauline Monhonval, Xavier Bongaerts, Ikram Belkacemi, Juan Martin Tecco
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder is a chronic psychiatric disease with a high prevalence and is a major psychosocial and medical burden. The exact etiological pathways of bipolar disorder are not fully understood. Genetic factors are known to play an important role in the etiology of bipolar disorder. However, high rates of discordance among identical twins and a growing body of evidence that environmental factors such as early stress can influence the onset and course of psychiatric diseases underline the importance of additional etiological mechanisms of bipolar disorders...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Bizu Gelaye, Marta B Rondon, Ricardo Araya, Michelle A Williams
Maternal depression, a non-psychotic depressive episode of mild to major severity, is one of the major contributors of pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality. Maternal depression (antepartum or post partum) has been linked to negative health-related behaviours and adverse outcomes, including psychological and developmental disturbances in infants, children, and adolescents. Despite its enormous burden, maternal depression in low-income and middle-income countries remains under-recognised and undertreated...
October 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
Caroline Demily, Nicolas Franck
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) is one of the most common microdeletion syndromes, with a widely underestimated prevalence between 1 per 2000 and 1 per 6000. Since childhood, patients with 22q11.2DS are described as having difficulties to initiate and maintain peer relationships. This lack of social skills has been linked to attention deficits/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression. A high incidence of psychosis and positive symptoms is observed in patients with 22q11.2DS and remains correlated with poor social functioning, anxiety and depressive symptoms...
September 14, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Nancy P Hanrahan, Sara Bressi, Steven C Marcus, Phyllis Solomon
OBJECTIVE: Multiple barriers to quality health care may affect the outcomes of postacute treatment for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). This study examined rehospitalization for medical and surgical inpatients with and without a comorbid diagnosis of SMI which included psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder and major depression. METHODS: We examined hospital discharge records for medical and surgical inpatients from a large urban health system. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression models compared 7-, 30-, 60-, 90- and 180-day rehospitalization among medical and surgical inpatients with SMI (n=3221) and without an SMI diagnosis (n=70,858)...
September 2016: General Hospital Psychiatry
Karin M Burgerhout, Astrid M Kamperman, Sabine J Roza, Mijke P Lambregtse-Van den Berg, Kathelijne M Koorengevel, Witte J G Hoogendijk, Steven A Kushner, Veerle Bergink
OBJECTIVE: Postpartum psychosis is an acute and severe mood disorder. Although the prognosis is generally good, postpartum psychosis is a highly stressful life-event presumed to have a major impact on functioning and well-being beyond the acute stage of the illness. We studied functional recovery, including psychosocial functioning and the presence of psychological distress, in patients with a recent diagnosis of postpartum psychosis. METHODS: Seventy-eight patients with postpartum psychosis consecutively admitted for inpatient hospitalization between 2005 and 2011 were assessed 9 months postpartum...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Pippa A Thomson, Barbara Duff, Douglas H R Blackwood, Liana Romaniuk, Andrew Watson, Heather C Whalley, Xiang Li, Maria R Dauvermann, T William J Moorhead, Catherine Bois, Niamh M Ryan, Holly Redpath, Lynsey Hall, Stewart W Morris, Edwin J R van Beek, Neil Roberts, David J Porteous, David St Clair, Brandon Whitcher, John Dunlop, Nicholas J Brandon, Zoë A Hughes, Jeremy Hall, Andrew McIntosh, Stephen M Lawrie
Rare genetic variants of large effect can help elucidate the pathophysiology of brain disorders. Here we expand the clinical and genetic analyses of a family with a (1;11)(q42;q14.3) translocation multiply affected by major psychiatric illness and test the effect of the translocation on the structure and function of prefrontal, and temporal brain regions. The translocation showed significant linkage (LOD score 6.1) with a clinical phenotype that included schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and recurrent major depressive disorder...
2016: NPJ Schizophrenia
Hanna Leinola, Kirsi Honkalampi, Tuomo Hänninen, Heli Koivumaa-Honkanen, Soili M Lehto, Anu Ruusunen, Heimo Viinamäki, Minna Valkonen-Korhonen
OBJECTIVE: A proportion of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) show cognitive impairment that is associated with treatment nonresponse and poorer functional recovery. A broader range of cognitive dysfunction has been found to be associated with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and with the presence of psychotic symptoms. Thus far, the effects of psychotic symptoms on the neuropsychological profile of patients with treatment-resistant MDD have not been investigated. METHOD: In the present study, 44 treatment-resistant MDD patients with (n = 12) or without (n = 32) psychotic symptoms-based on the Structured Clinical Interview (SCID I)-were compared with regard to their clinical status and performance in a neuropsychological test battery...
September 6, 2016: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
Natasha L Lethbridge, Paul L Chazot
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a serious age-dependent human neurodegenerative disease, with multiple debilitating symptoms, including dementia, psychosis and significant motor deficits, but with little or no effective treatments. This comparative ligand autoradiographical study has quantified histamine H3 receptors (H3R) in a series of major cortical and basal ganglia structures in human DLB and Alzheimer's (AD) post-mortem cases using the highly selective radioligand, [(3)H] GSK189254. In the main, the levels of H3 receptor were largely preserved in DLB cases when compared with aged-matched controls...
August 31, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Sheetal Madhvi Roopram, Andreas Michael Burger, Dyllis Aimée van Dijk, John Enterman, Judith Haffmans
: Negative symptoms and episodes of major depressive disorder in patients with schizophrenia are common and there is an overlap in symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no effective primary treatment for negative symptoms yet. Depressive disorder in patients with schizophrenia is associated with a decreased quality of life and an increased risk of psychotic relapses. Previous research has shown that Bright Light Therapy (BLT) has a positive impact on negative symptoms of patients with schizophrenia...
November 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Ciara Close, Anne Kouvonen, Tania Bosqui, Kishan Patel, Dermot O'Reilly, Michael Donnelly
BACKGROUND: First generation migrants are reportedly at higher risk of mental ill-health compared to the settled population. This paper systematically reviews and synthesizes all reviews on the mental health of first generation migrants in order to appraise the risk factors for, and explain differences in, the mental health of this population. METHODS: Scientific databases were searched for systematic reviews (inception-November 2015) which provided quantitative data on the mental ill-health of first generation migrants and associated risk factors...
2016: Globalization and Health
Kim S J Lao, Ying He, Ian C K Wong, Frank M C Besag, Esther W Chan
BACKGROUND: Cariprazine is a novel antipsychotic agent recently approved for treating schizophrenia and bipolar mania in the USA. The sample sizes of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of the drug are small; previous meta-analyses included few RCTs and did not specifically investigate the tolerability/safety profile of cariprazine. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to conduct a meta-analysis of published RCTs to systematically review the tolerability and safety of cariprazine versus placebo...
August 22, 2016: CNS Drugs
Mark Zimmerman, Carolina Guzman Holst, Heather L Clark, Matthew Multach, Emily Walsh, Lia K Rosenstein, Douglas Gazarian
BACKGROUND: Concerns about the generalizability of pharmacotherapy efficacy trials to "real-world" patients have been raised for more than 40 years. Almost all of this literature has focused on treatment studies of major depressive disorder (MDD). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to review the psychiatric inclusion and exclusion criteria used in placebo-controlled trials that assessed the efficacy of medications for bipolar depression (bipolar disorder efficacy trials [BDETs]) and compare the criteria used in BDETs with those used in efficacy trials of antidepressants to treat MDD (antidepressant efficacy trials [AETs])...
August 19, 2016: CNS Drugs
J Keller, R Gomez, G Williams, A Lembke, L Lazzeroni, G M Murphy, A F Schatzberg
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been implicated in the pathophysiology of a variety of mood and cognitive disorders. Neuroendocrine studies have demonstrated HPA axis overactivity in major depression, a relationship of HPA axis activity to cognitive performance and a potential role of HPA axis genetic variation in cognition. The present study investigated the simultaneous roles HPA axis activity, clinical symptomatology and HPA genetic variation play in cognitive performance. Patients with major depression with psychotic major depression (PMD) and with nonpsychotic major depression (NPMD) and healthy controls (HC) were studied...
August 16, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Daniel Mamah, Abednego Musau, Victoria N Mutiso, Akinkunle Owoso, Arbi Ben Abdallah, Linda B Cottler, Catherine W Striley, Elaine F Walker, David M Ndetei
The schizophrenia prodrome has not been extensively studied in Africa. Identification of prodromal behavioral symptoms holds promise for early intervention and prevention of disorder onset. Our goal was to investigate schizophrenia risk traits in Kenyan adolescents and identify predictors of psychosis progression. 135 high-risk (HR) and 142 low-risk (LR) adolescents were identified from among secondary school students in Machakos, Kenya, using the structured interview of psychosis-risk syndromes (SIPS) and the Washington early recognition center affectivity and psychosis (WERCAP) screen...
October 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Krzysztof Styczeń, Magdalena Sowa-Kućma, Marcin Siwek, Dominika Dudek, Witold Reczyński, Bernadeta Szewczyk, Paulina Misztak, Roman Topór-Mądry, Włodzimierz Opoka, Gabriel Nowak
Despite many clinical trials assessing the role of zinc in major depressive disorder (MDD), the conclusions still remain ambiguous. The aim of the present clinical study was to determine and comparison the zinc concentration in the blood of MDD patients (active stage or remission) and healthy volunteers (controls), as well as to discuss its potential clinical usefulness as a biomarker of the disease. In this study 69 patients with current depressive episode, 45 patients in remission and 50 controls were enrolled...
August 8, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
James B McCarthy, Shira R Weiss, Kristin T Segovich, Baptiste Barbot
Despite established differences in cognitive functioning of adults with mood disorder-related psychosis and those with non-affective psychotic disorders, there is limited evidence of the impact of psychotic symptoms on the cognitive functioning of children and adolescents with mood disorders. This study investigates IQ, working memory, and processing speed scores in 80 child and adolescent inpatients discharged from an intermediate care state psychiatric hospital, using a retrospective chart review. Associations between diagnosis based on DSM-IV criteria (7 with Major Depression- MDD; 43 with Bipolar Disorders-BD, and 30 with Mood Disorders Not Otherwise Specified-NOS), presence of current psychotic features, and cognitive functioning (WISC-IV IQ, Coding, Symbol Search, and Digit Span) were investigated using Multivariate Analyses of Variance...
October 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
David A Richards, David Ekers, Dean McMillan, Rod S Taylor, Sarah Byford, Fiona C Warren, Barbara Barrett, Paul A Farrand, Simon Gilbody, Willem Kuyken, Heather O'Mahen, Ed R Watkins, Kim A Wright, Steven D Hollon, Nigel Reed, Shelley Rhodes, Emily Fletcher, Katie Finning
BACKGROUND: Depression is a common, debilitating, and costly disorder. Many patients request psychological therapy, but the best-evidenced therapy-cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-is complex and costly. A simpler therapy-behavioural activation (BA)-might be as effective and cheaper than is CBT. We aimed to establish the clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of BA compared with CBT for adults with depression. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial, we recruited adults aged 18 years or older meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV criteria for major depressive disorder from primary care and psychological therapy services in Devon, Durham, and Leeds (UK)...
August 27, 2016: Lancet
Amy Hardy, Richard Emsley, Daniel Freeman, Paul Bebbington, Philippa A Garety, Elizabeth E Kuipers, Graham Dunn, David Fowler
Evidence suggests a causal role for trauma in psychosis, particularly for childhood victimization. However, the establishment of underlying trauma-related mechanisms would strengthen the causal argument. In a sample of people with relapsing psychosis (n = 228), we tested hypothesized mechanisms specifically related to impaired affect regulation, intrusive trauma memory, beliefs, and depression. The majority of participants (74.1%) reported victimization trauma, and a fifth (21.5%) met symptomatic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder...
July 2016: Schizophrenia Bulletin
Makoto Kawano, Tetsufumi Kanazawa, Hiroki Kikuyama, Atsushi Tsutsumi, Shinya Kinoshita, Yasuo Kawabata, Shigeru Yamauchi, Hiroyuki Uenishi, Seiya Kawashige, Shinichi Imazu, Katsutaka Toyoda, Yoshitaka Nishizawa, Mayuko Takahashi, Tatsushi Okayama, Wakako Odo, Kentaro Ide, Soichiro Maruyama, Seiichiro Tarutani, Jun Koh, Hiroshi Yoneda
INTRODUCTION: The search for objective biomarkers of psychiatric disorders has a long history. Despite this, no universally accepted instruments or methods to detect biomarkers have been developed. One potential exception is near-infrared spectroscopy, although interpreting the measures of blood flow recorded with this technique remains controversial. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between recorded blood flow and depression severity assessed using the Hamilton depression scale in patients with various psychiatric disorders...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
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