Use of gabapentinoids tends to induce suicidal behaviour and unintentional overdoses and may even lead to head/body injuries as well as road traffic incidents and offenses, suggests a study. Moreover, such associations are more robust with pregabalin than gabapentin.
Esketamine nasal spray effectively and rapidly improves depressive symptoms in patients with treatment-resistant depression, making it the first antidepressant to be approved by the US FDA in a new drug class.
A recent study reports a highly uniform practice of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Singapore, with rates and indications consistent with those applied by other developed nations. Moreover, ECT is more commonly used for schizophrenia in the country.
Habitual poor coping, serious financial problems and expressed regret are strong predictors of suicide intent, according to a recent Singapore study. On the other hand, prior planning and hiding attempts are significant predictors of suicide risk.
Between 2010 and 2016, Singapore has seen a rise in the prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder, according to a new study on the 2016 Singapore Mental Health Study. Despite this, Singaporeans show no significant change in treatment-seeking behaviours.
Most of older adults in Singapore maintain close relationships with family and/or relative and connect less with friends and neighbours, as reported in a recent study. However, having a larger social support network confers greater protection against the risk of developing dementia as compared with being in the family-dependent social support network type. Meanwhile, there is no significant association between social support network typology and depression.
An 8-week attention training programme using brain-computer interface (BCI) can help improve inattentive symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), thus providing a potential nonpharmacologic option for treating ADHD, a local study finds.