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red phoneMedscape (10/16, Kelly) reported, “Depressed patients gain more depression-free days if they are treated with telephone care management plus telephone psychotherapy than with care management alone,” according to a study appearing in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers suggested that, “compared with usual care, the telephone care management program added $676 to outpatient healthcare costs for a gain of 29 depression-free days, whereas the telephone care management plus psychotherapy program added $397 to outpatient costs but produced an additional 46 depression-free days.” The study “was conducted in 7 primary care clinics of the Group Health Cooperative, [and] included 600 primary care patients starting antidepressant treatment for significant depressive symptoms.”

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oxy-all-mgHealthDay (5/18, Preidt) reported that Swiss researchers say their new research suggests that “oxytocin may help make it easier for couples to discuss difficult issues.” After being given oxytocin or a placebo intranasally, couples in the study “had a conflict discussion in the laboratory. Compared to participants who received the placebo, those who were given oxytocin communicated more positively and had lower stress levels.” Researchers noted in the journal Biological Psychiatry that oxytocin “might help us to pronounce the effects of standard treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, by possibly making the benefits of social interaction more accessible to the individual. But it probably will not replace these standard treatments.”

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On its front page, the New York Times (1/8, A1, Alvarez, Eckholm) reports that the Department of Defense (DOD) “has decided that it will not award the Purple Heart, the hallowed medal given to those wounded or killed by enemy action, to war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), because it is not a physical wound.” The decision, which was “made public on Tuesday, for now ends the hope of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans” suffering from PTSD who “believed that the Purple Hearts could honor their sacrifice,” as well as “help remove some of the stigma associated with the condition.” A Department of Defense “advisory group decided against the award because, it said, the condition had not been intentionally caused by enemy action, like a bomb or bullet, and because it remained difficult to diagnose and quantify.”
        In its statement announcing the decision, the DOD said that “the Purple Heart has never been awarded for mental disorders or psychological conditions,” the AP (jan 8th) explains. According to DOD spokeswoman Eileen Lainez, “PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event,” and “not ‘a wound intentionally caused by the enemy from an outside force or agent.'” She added that “veterans diagnosed with PTSD ‘still warrant appropriate medical care and disability compensation,” and the Pentagon “is working hard to encourage service members and their families to seek care for PTSD by reducing the stigma, and urging them to seek professional care.” CNN (1/7, 1:18 p.m. ET) also broadcasted the story

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This is an interesting recent article from USA Today about how our economic woes are causing stress, depression and other problems, and that’s driving more people to seek help from mental health professionals.

I’ve found this to be true in my practice.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-07-22-mental-health-finances_N.htm?csp=34

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