Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral anterior limb of the internal capsule (vALIC) is well tolerated and effective for patients with treatment-refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a recent study has shown.
Elderly patients with cognitive impairment may have trouble understanding and complying with medical instructions provided during hospitalization, suggests a study. Pharmacy students, however, can perform Mini-Cog assessments to examine cognitive function, which allow them to tailor education content and involve caregivers when needed.
Among community-dwelling patients diagnosed with dementia, less than a third have benefitted from antipsychotic treatment, while more than half endure a higher risk of adverse events, according to a recent study.
In the management of patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), vortioxetine proves to be safe and well tolerated but exerts neutral effects on GAD symptoms, quality of life (QoL) and functional status, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
For older adults residing in studio apartments (SAs), living with physical functional difficulty, chronic conditions, having low social support, low self-perceived mental health, poor life satisfaction, low physical activity and being widowed increase the likelihood of developing depression, suggests a Singapore study.
The Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA), Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) and Pfizer Malaysia jointly launched a new mental health handbook in December 2019 to highlight the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and encourage Malaysians to see a doctor early if they experience any signs or symptoms.
In this issue of MIMS PsychiatrySupplement, we bring you clinical updates related to managing depression and optimizing functional recovery in patients with depression, as well as a symposium highlight of the Lundbeck Malaysia Neuroscience Symposium.