Pandemic Anxiety Maybe Not So Bad; Contraception & Suicide; Psych Illness in Plants?

Pandemic Anxiety Maybe Not So Bad; Contraception & Suicide; Psych Illness in Plants?

June 15, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

A survey of over 1.4 million U.S. adults found that levels of anxiety and depression increased less during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 than other reports have suggested. (JAMA Network Open)

In 2019, 35.8% and 32.6% of U.S. adults screened for substance use treatment reported past 30-day alcohol use and multiple substance use, respectively, according to CDC data. (MMWR)

Can a stroke stamp out addiction? (New York Times)

Women using hormonal contraception have a significantly lower incidence of attempted suicide, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Psychiatry.

People who binged on alcohol were nearly five times more likely to experience multiple alcohol problems later on versus those who drank the same amount without bingeing. “What this means is that an individual whose total consumption is seven drinks on Saturday night presents a greater risk profile than someone whose total consumption is a daily drink with dinner, even though their average drinking level is the same,” said study author Charles Holahan, PhD, of UT Austin, in a statement.

There has been a recent spike in sales of the DSM-5 TR. (Axios)

A research team at Yale is looking into whether it’s possible to study human psychiatric illness in plants via a shared gene.

A lawsuit filed in federal court is alleging the Allegheny County Jail failed “to provide adequate mental health care” and had “discriminatory and brutal treatment of people with psychiatric disabilities.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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    Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.