Anxiety Disorders

Current or recent use of benzodiazepines or related drugs may increase the risk of pneumonia, according to a study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


Several drug manufacturers are experiencing a shortage of buspirone, an oral medication used to treat anxiety, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Current or recent use of benzodiazepines or related drugs may increase the risk of pneumonia, according to a study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The rate of benzodiazepine use among US adults has increased to 12.6%, according to a study published online in Psychiatric Services. Misuse now accounts for nearly 20% of overall use.

Anxiety and depression are as predictive of poor physical health as obesity and smoking are and, consequently, should be better addressed during routine visits to primary care providers, suggests a study published online in Health Psychology.

In abstinence-motivated people with opioid dependence, symptoms of anxiety, depression or insomnia should not prevent switching from an opioid agonist to extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX), researchers in Norway say.



BLOG: These studies were the latest findings showing that psychedelics, erroneously dismissed as mere intoxicants and swept up in the hysteria of the Nixon-era drug wars, could prove to be as important to psychiatry as penicillin was to infectious disease.

Psychedelic compounds are powerful, and they have great potential to help patients with intractable conditions. Yet any compound with that kind of power also has the potential to harm, and that harm should not be trivialized.

Perhaps patients would benefit if they had some concrete saying, a mantra as it were, to remind themselves outside the therapy room of key lessons.



Arif Pendi, MS; Jeffrey Wang, MD; Frank Acosta, MD; Rana Movahedi, MD; David Safani, MD, MBA; Alan Shahbazi, MS; Adana Melkonian, MS; Gligor Gucev, MD, EdD
Anita Clayton, MD; Raffaele Migliore, MA; Cheng-Tao Chang, PhD; Carl Gommoll, MS; John Edwards, MD, MBA; Agnesa Avanesian, PhD
Sondra Corgan, BS, 4th year medical student, Thomas Jauch, BS, 2nd year medical student, Prabhav Deo, BS, 2nd year medical student, Kinal Shah, BS, 2nd year medical student




A shortcoming in our field is the lack of in-depth knowledge about what this instrument is, how to interpret scores, and how to utilize the GAD-7 in everyday clinical practice.

Psych Congress Steering Committee members discuss first-line treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and medications used for refractory cases.

Stephen Sobel, MD, and Charles Raison, MD, discuss how to approach treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).