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October Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Look at Factors Influencing Depression and PTSD, Guidance on Handling Drugs Laced with Fentanyl, and More

  • October 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 The American Journal of Psychotherapy are now available online.

The October issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry is focused on research devoted to understanding factors influencing depression, PTSD, and suicidal behavior. Highlights include:

  • Genetic Contribution to the Heterogeneity of Major Depressive Disorder: Evidence From a Sibling-Based Design Using Swedish National Registers.
  • Maternal Perinatal Stress Trajectories and Negative Affect and Amygdala Development in Offspring.
  • Networks of Neurodevelopmental Traits, Socioenvironmental Factors, Emotional Dysregulation in Childhood, and Depressive Symptoms Across Development in Two U.K. Cohorts. (Lead investigator Luis Farhat is the featured guest on October’s AJP Audio podcast episode).
  • GWAS Meta-Analysis of Suicide Attempt: Identification of 12 Genome-Wide Significant Loci and Implication of Genetic Risks for Specific Health Factors.

The issue also includes a joint commentary, Reducing the Risks of Nuclear War: The Role of Health Professionals, in which we are joining more than 100 medical journals in issuing a call for urgent steps to decrease the growing danger of nuclear war and to move rapidly to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The October issue of Psychiatric Services features

  • Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Among Young U.S. Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Guidance for Handling the Increasing Prevalence of Drugs Adulterated or Laced With Fentanyl.
  • Experiences of Black Adults Evaluated in a Locked Psychiatric Emergency Unit: A Qualitative Study.
  • Self-Stigma and PTSD: Conceptualization and Implications for Research and Treatment.
  • How to Reach a Mobile Crisis Team: Results from a National Survey.

Also online now is Volume 76, Issue 3 of The American Journal of Psychotherapy, which features the following:

  • Pilot Study of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression Among Young People with Chronic Illness.
  • Enhancing Quality of Care Through Evidence-Based Practice: Training and Supervision Experiences.
  • Involving Parents in Child Mental Health Treatments: Survey of Clinician Practices and Variables in Decision Making.
  • Open Trial of Trauma-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among LGBTQ Individuals.
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for U.S. Veterans in a Primary Care Setting.
  • Effect of Problem Area on Outcomes Among Adolescents Treated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression.

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

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