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Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Perfect Storm?

Mark A. Reger, PhD1,2;  Ian H. Stanley, MS1,3;  Thomas E. Joiner, PhD3 Author Affiliations: Article Information JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1060 Suicide rates have been rising in the US over the last 2 decades. The latest data available (2018) show the highest age-adjusted suicide rate in the US since 1941.1 It is within this context that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) […]

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Houston based depression psychiatrist, Dr. Sandhya Prashad, M.D., tells how this new drug might save lives and cost less than expected

FDA approves Spravato, a version of ketamine backed by Johnson & Johnson that sees rapid results in patients battling treatment resistant depression and suicide. HOUSTON, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — “New FDA approved depression treatment, esketamine, is the biggest advancement in depression treatment in thirty years” – says Houston based Psychiatrist, Dr. Sandhya Prashad. This approval allows ketamine treatments to be […]

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Side effects mild, brief with single antidepressant dose of intravenous ketamine

Safety data analyzed from five NIH inpatient clinical trials. National Institutes of Health researchers found that a single, low-dose ketamine infusion was relatively free of side effects for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Elia Acevedo-Diaz, M.D., Carlos Zarate, M.D., and colleagues at the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) report their findings in the Journal of Affective […]

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CT Psychiatrist Shows Titrated IV Ketamine Can STOP Suicidality

Data Published from a Real World Psychiatry Practice Shows How Ketamine Infusions Can Avert ER Trips and Hospitalizations SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Oct. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lori Calabrese, M.D., Innovative Psychiatry (https://loricalabresemd.com). Local psychiatrist publishes data demonstrating that the use of a series of IV ketamine infusions, with dose adjustments, can stop suicidal thoughts and avert ER trips […]

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CT doctors using new nasal spray to treat severely depressed patients

By Peggy McCarthy, Conn. Health I-Team Writer Published 11:51 am EDT, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Some Connecticut hospitals and doctors and a clinic are starting to treat severely depressed patients with a new nasal spray called Spravato, touted as the most significant federally approved depression medication since Prozac was approved in 1987. Spravato, which received Food and Drug Administration […]

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Nasal spray Spravato, offering fresh hope for severely depressed patients, arrives in Connecticut

Spravato, which received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in March, has raised hopes for preventing suicides and relieving depression after other treatments have failed. But there are concerns about possible side effects, including drug abuse, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, sedation, and hypersensitivity to surroundings. The nasal spray is prescribed for treatment-resistant depression after at […]

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Nasal Spray Offers Hope For Severely Depressed Patients

By Peggy McCarthy August 13, 2019 Originally published in Connecticut Health I-Team on C-Hit.org. Some Connecticut hospitals and doctors and a clinic are starting to treat severely depressed patients with a new nasal spray called Spravato, touted as the most significant federally approved depression medication since Prozac was approved in 1987. Spravato, which received Food and Drug Administration […]

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Ketamine isn’t an opioid and treats depression in a unique way, says Johns Hopkins expert

In scientific journal letter, Hopkins psychiatrist Adam Kaplin disputes a study claiming ketamine is an opioid. Ketamine has gotten a bad reputation as an opioid—when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting it isn’t one, say Johns Hopkins experts. They believe this misconception may prevent patients from getting necessary treatment for the kinds of depression that don’t respond […]

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Evidence shows ketamine is not an opioid and can treat depression easily

Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting it isn’t one, Johns Hopkins experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper patients from getting necessary treatment for the kinds of depression that don’t respond to typical antidepressants. In a new paper, the researchers clarify the mechanism behind ketamine’s […]

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