The Week in Review: October 17-21

From herbal medicine for psychiatrists to the psychiatric implications of the Parkland school mass shooting, here are the highlights of the week in Psychiatric Times.

This week, Psychiatric timeMT covered a wide variety of psychiatric issues and industry updates, from the psychiatric implications of the Parkland School mass shooting to what psychiatrists need to know about herbal medicine. Here are some highlights from the week.

App intervention may reduce insomnia among healthcare workers

Researchers studied an app-based Yoga of Immortals (YOI) intervention on the mental health of healthcare workers, including sleep disturbances, and found that it produced measurable benefit. There is a need to help healthcare workers with sleep disorders, as recent literature suggests that approximately 38% experienced insomnia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is a compelling societal interest in developing interventions targeting the emotional needs of healthcare workers facing a public health crisis,” Currie et al wrote.

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The YOI intervention teaches specific practices based on ancient yogic teachings and the 3 core components of the YOI program – breathing, whole body movements and postures – have multiple emotional benefits. Continue Reading

Dementia: a social death sentence

On my last flight home (I know, I usually end up writing a new article every time I fly) I sat next to a middle-aged woman and her father who seems suffer from some kind of cognitive impairment, possibly dementia. . I was very impressed with how throughout our 2.5 hour flight she was very attentive to all of his needs and kept him both engaged and entertained. She did this by asking questions and sharing photos saved on her phone that seemed to fill her soul with joy. Continue Reading

The Parkland School Mass Shooting and Its Psychiatric Implications

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Coincidentally, around the same time that the Alex Jones Sandy Hook school shooting trial ended, a trial over the Parkland school mass shooting ended. We discussed some of the psychological implications of the premiere in Friday’s column, “The Psychological Heroism of the Sandy Hook Families.” Today we’ll be covering mostly Parkland, with an additional global perspective on mental dysfunction and crime.

In the Parkland School trial, the primary mental health issue appeared to be whether the shooter’s mental health issues should influence whether or not he would get the death penalty. He does not have. Continue Reading

Phytotherapy: what psychiatrists need to know

Medicinal plants have been used since ancient times to treat mental health disorders. Many of the drugs used in contemporary medicine come from plants – salicylic acid from the willow tree, for example, and morphine from the poppy. Many botanical treatments are useful in general psychiatry. This article discusses the most beneficial and commonly used herbal remedies to treat mental health issues.

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Americans spent $11.3 billion on herbal supplements in 2020, representing a record spending increase of 17.3% from 2019 to 2020. According to the 2020 COVID-19 Consumer Survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, of those who increased their supplement intake, nearly a quarter cited reasons related to mental health, including stress and anxiety. Continue Reading

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