Screening and psychiatric follow-up in pre-dialysis patients

Authors: DG Straatsburg, MD FRANZP; EA Hoekman; R Smulders; JG Lijmer, MD PhD Organisation: OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Introduction Patients with end-stage renal failure disease (ESRD) are referred to our dialysis clinic for pre-dialysis work-up. In this retrospective study we examined the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms with the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS 14 item questionnaire) and the added value of screening in this population by the number of …

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The Adult Step-up Step-down sub-acute residential service in Canberra, Australia.

Sub-acute residential services are a recent addition to the range of services available to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness.  One such service is the Adult Step-up Step-down program in Canberra, Australia, which accepts admissions from people entering directly from their home as an alternative to hospital (step-up), or as a transitional step before returning to living in the community after a hospital admission (step-down).  The 5-bed …

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Outcome Feedback (OF) Technology

An international team of researchers from various Universities (York, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leiden, Trier) have developed and tested the impact of adopting Outcome Feedback (OF) technology in a psychological care service in the English NHS system. OF technology is based on the same methods that guide existing medical technologies, such as prenatal scans that use ultrasound devices to compare the growth of babies to benchmarks derived from clinical records of other …

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Implementing e-mental health services for depression and anxiety

Implementing e-mental health services for depression and anxiety within the Australian mental health system Authors: Carla Meurk; Janni Leung; Wayne Hall; Brian W Head; Harvey Whiteford The University of Queensland Growing evidence attests to the efficacy of e-mental health services. There is less evidence on how to facilitate the safe, effective, and sustainable implementation of these services. We conducted a systematic review on e-mental health service use for depressive and …

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Depression and driving cessation in older women

Depression and driving cessation in older women – the moderation effects of social engagement Authors: Nancy A Pachana, Janni K Leung, Paul A Gardiner, Deirdre P McLaughlin The University of Queensland Driving cessation in later life and may be undertaken voluntarily, e.g. due to financial reasons or moving to a new residence where a car is not practical or necessary, or be required due to a medical condition. It is …

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Aussie men battling depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’

Despite the recent trend of the ‘dad bod’, more than 30,000 Aussie men battle depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’. And although many people today struggle saying the ‘L’ word, men are undergoing liposuction now more than ever. Gynecomastia corrective liposuction is a growing procedure for men which reduces the breast size through the removal of excess breast fat. The men opting to have this surgery and who benefit …

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Should you tell your boss you have depression?

Spilling the beans to an understanding employer may help to improve your health and your career. When corporate executive Michelle* was struggling with a particularly difficult episode of depression she decided, after many years of staying silent, to discuss the issue with her manager. “I chose to do that because it was apparent that my performance was suffering and I wanted my employer to know why – that it wasn’t …

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression

It’s been two years since beloved actor Robin Williams died by suicide, and one major legacy of his passing has been a continued conversation about the serious effects of psychological and neurological disorders. While we’ll never know what factors and conditions led to Williams’ death, he suffered from Lewy body dementia, a brain condition that can cause hallucinations and mood changes, among other symptoms. But it was his experience with depression that really resonated with …

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Magnetic brain stimulation can help treat drug-resistant depression, study finds

John Campbell has depression. Diagnosed in 2011, the 58-year-old motor mechanic has been unable to work for two-and-a-half years. Next month he’ll return to the workplace, following successful treatment as part of a clinical trial into a non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as transcranial magnetic stimulation. According to the results of a new study, the once-controversial method of beaming magnetic fields into the frontal areas of the brain saw …

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Non-invasive treatment for depression and bipolar disorder investigated at Black Dog Institute

A new, non-invasive non-medication treatment for depression including bipolar disorder is now being trialled at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW in Sydney. The Sydney Neurostimulation Centre led by Professor Colleen Loo is investigating whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be a treatment for depression and a potential alternative to medication and electroconvulsive therapy. TDCS is a very mild form of brain stimulation. The stimulation is painless and …

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