People prescribed antidepressants were 21% more likely to gain weight than people not prescribed the medication class, researchers found in a study published online in BMJ.


People with internet addiction have significantly higher odds of suicidal ideation and attempts, suggests a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Pediatric antipsychotic use is associated with an increase in body fat and decreases in insulin sensitivity, potentially raising the risk of premature cardiometabolic morbidity and mortality, researchers say.

For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests.

Fathers' use of antidepressant medications around the time mothers become pregnant does not increase babies' risk of preterm birth, birth defects, autism or intellectual disability, according to a study online June 8 in the BMJ.

Kindergarteners whose mothers experienced depressive symptoms during the prenatal and postnatal periods, or the postnatal period alone, are more likely to experience sleep disturbances, according to pilot data.



BLOG: Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, has turned his spotlight of curiosity onto the subject of psychedelics with his new book How to Change Your Mind.

On January 18, 2018, in Sacramento California, new mother Jessica Porten went to see a women’s health nurse practitioner. She was 4 months postpartum and had not been seen by her obstetric provider since giving birth.

BLOG: Recent qualitative studies on subjects treated with psilocybin may begin to help us understand the subjective experience caused by the drug that may lead to its antidepressant effects.



Get expert insight on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and addiction, gleaned from presentations at the 2018 Elevate by Psych Congress conference.


Justin Barnes, PhD; Brandon Coleman, BS; Sylvie Stacy, MD; Tsao-Wei Liang, MD; Stanley Caroff, MD; Greg Salinas, PhD
David G Brock, MD; W. Scott West, MD; Todd Hutton, MD; Kenneth P. Pages, MD; Timothy J. Kane, MD
Kasim Pendi, NA; Arif Pendi, MS; Jahanzeb Ashraf, MS; Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD; Danny Lee, BS, BA; Jeffrey Sugar, MD; Joshua Lee, BS; David Baron, DO, Msed
Suresh Durgam, MD; Changzheng Chen, PhD; Raffaele Migliore, MA; Chandran Prakash, MD, MPH; Michael Thase, MD; Rocsanna Namdar, PharmD



Drs. Raison and Patrick

Psych Congress cochair Charles Raison, MD, recently discussed his research and perspectives in an extensive interview with Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, PhD, who runs the FoundMyFitness website.

Mary Kay Lobo

Mary Kay Lobo, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, explains research which suggests a specific gene, Slc6a15, may be central to depression.


Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, a Psych Congress Steering Commitee member, explains the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), the gold standard measurement tool in major depression.



Two members of the Psych Congress Steering Committee have been featured on an ABC News podcast which grew out of a newsman's newfound interest in meditation.