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May Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover New Treatments, Assessing Crisis Lines, Suicide Prevention, and More

  • May 02, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The latest issues of three of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and Focus are now available online.

The May issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry focuses on treatments, with articles presenting issues related to psychedelics, trichotillomania, social anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and opioid use disorder. Highlights include:

  • Psychedelics as Transformative Therapeutics.
  • Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study of Memantine in Trichotillomania and Skin-Picking Disorder.
  • Attention Bias Modification Treatment Versus a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or Waiting List Control for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial (featured on May’s AJP Audio podcast episode).
  • Safety of Antipsychotic Polypharmacy Versus Monotherapy in a Nationwide Cohort of 61,889 Patients with Schizophrenia.
  • Risk of Experiencing an Overdose Event for Patients Undergoing Treatment with Medication for Opioid Use Disorder.

The May issue of Psychiatric Services features:

  • Mental Health Emergency Hotlines in the United States: A Scoping Review (2012–2021).
  • Crisis Lines: Current Status and Recommendations for Research and Policy.
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community-Based Health Intervention.
  • Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Adult Mental Health Treatment Use From 2005 to 2019.
  • Impact of Digital Literacy Training on Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness in Community and Inpatient Settings.
  • Factors Associated with Police Bringing Children to a Psychiatric Emergency Room.

Also online now is the latest issue of Focus, a special issue on Suicide Preventive Interventions and Knowledge. Helmed by Guest Editor Christine Yu Moutier, M.D., the issue features the following:

  • Implementing Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Strategies for Greatest Impact.
  • Brief and Ultra-Brief Suicide-Specific Interventions.
  • Pharmacologic Approaches to Suicide Prevention.
  • Screening and Assessing Suicide Risk in Medical Settings: Feasible Strategies for Early Detection.
  • Clinical Considerations for Digital Resources in Care for Patients with Suicidal Ideation.
  • A Culturally Informed Approach to Supporting Suicidal Minoritized Patients.
  • When Prevention Is Not Enough: The Importance of Postvention After Patient Suicide.

Journalists who wish to access the publications should email [email protected].

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