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Mental health awareness

Mental health awareness

Among people under the age of 65 years, nearly half of all ill health relates to mental illness but only a quarter of all those with mental illnesses such as depression are in treatment. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging from antidepressant use during breastfeeding to the use of antipsychotics in care homes.

Image: Self Portrait 15, painted 27th June 1991 from The Self Portrait Series by Bryan Charnley. © James Charnley and SANE (www.BryanCharnley.info). Described by the artist as: "An extremely complicated picture as I feel I am closing in on the essential image of my schizophrenia."

John Mowat, multi-site pharmacy manager for LloydsPharmacy and lead pharmacist based in the Carleton Clinic, a mental health hospital in Carlisle

My life as a mental health pharmacist in a specialist hospital

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As a multi-site pharmacy manager for LloydsPharmacy and lead pharmacist based in the Carleton Clinic, a mental health hospital in Carlisle, John Mowat talks about his career and role in providing the medication supply service for Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust.

Boy with Down's Syndrome listens to a healthcare worker

Reducing antipsychotic prescribing in people with learning disabilities Subscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to review and reduce inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medicines in people with learning disabilities safely and effectively.

Picture from the PReDicT (Predicting Response to Depression Treatment) emotion recognition

Personalised treatment for depression on the horizon: predicting response to antidepressantsSubscription

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Only one-third of patients with depression benefit from the first antidepressant they try, but researchers are striving to find biological features that predict how a person will respond to particular drugs so they can tailor treatment from the beginning.

Close up of an electroencephalogram measuring a young girl's brain connectivity

Autism: in search of new drug targetsSubscription

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Genetic discoveries have invigorated autism research and raised the possibility of finding drug targets based on autism’s underlying pathophysiology, rather than merely treating symptoms.

Bipolar brain, 3D view of an MRI scan

Bipolar disorder: pharmacotherapy options with a focus on women of childbearing ageSubscription

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Bipolar disorder and its implications for women of childbearing age, with a focus on the use of valproate and how this compares to other available pharmacologic treatments.

How to overcome barriers to effective consultation with adults with learning disabilities and practical ways to improve pharmacy consultation skills. In the image, an adult with Down’s syndrome speaks with a consultant

Pharmacy consultations with patients with learning disabilitiesSubscription

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Overcoming barriers to effective consultation with adults with learning disabilities and practical ways to improve pharmacy consultation skills, using patients with Down’s syndrome as an example.

Research on psychosis is leading to treatments tailored to the individual’s underlying disease process, with particular attention turning to the role of the immune system. The image is entitled "Self portrait 15" by Bryan Charnley

Schizophrenia: investigating the role of the immune systemSubscription

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Research on psychosis is leading to treatments tailored to the individual’s underlying disease process, with particular attention turning to the role of the immune system.

Evidence is emerging that some dementia cases could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle but long-term studies are needed to confirm the strength of the association. In the image, conceptual illustration of dementia - a disintegrating brain

How lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementiaSubscription

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Evidence is emerging that some dementia cases could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle but long-term studies are needed to confirm the strength of the association.

Postnatal depression occurs after a woman has given birth and can occur any time up until one year after delivery. WHO recommends breastfeeding but this is complicated when a new mother is treated for depression. Pictured, a mother breastfeeds her child

Antidepressant use during breastfeedingSubscription

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Recognising the symptoms of postnatal depression, which occurs in 10–15% women following childbirth, and selecting the most appropriate antidepressant.

Vanessa Sherwood (pictured) is a pharmacist and co-ordinator of a new type of mental health service called the Bloom Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

How mental health is being improved by community pharmacists in CanadaSubscription

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Community pharmacists in Canada are delivering a new type of mental health service called the Bloom Program.

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Pregnant woman reading medication information

Studies cast doubt on link between autism and antidepressant use in pregnancy

Two large studies have found no clear association between antidepressant use by pregnant women and the risk of autism in their children, suggesting that previous research showing a link may have been skewed by other factors.

Opioid painkilling drug Oxycodone

Study highlights overdose risk from concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use

Taking opioids together with benzodiazepines — often prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep problems — is linked to an increased risk of opioid overdose, according to the results of a study published in The BMJ.

A patient taking a tablet of the antidepressant drug fluoxetine

Doctors prescribe antidepressants for off-label indications without evidence

More than 40% of off-label prescriptions for antidepressants have no strong evidence for the indication, increasing risks of adverse drug events, large study shows.

insulin pen PerPlex

Around one in six patients does not collect newly prescribed treatment

Around one in six patients fails to get a prescription filled the first time it is prescribed for them by a doctor, according to new research.

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English Pharmacy Board meeting: 26 January 2017Subscription

The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) met for its first board meeting of the year on 26 January 2017, at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)’s London headquarters in Wapping, east London.

Xray of a hip fracture

Study confirms increased hip fracture risk for older patients taking antidepressants

Antidepressants increase the risk of hip fracture in older people living in the community, including those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to research published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Imagery of mental illness: woman sits on stairs looking out to sea

What can pharmacists do to improve the physical health of people with mental illness?Subscription

David Branford, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, and Dolly Sud, specialist mental health pharmacist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, explain the importance of the role of pharmacists in improving the physical well-being of patients with severe mental illness.

Coloured x-ray of an elderly person with a hip fracture

Benzodiazepines linked with increased risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers say benzodiazepines should only be used in the short term after study shows that they cause an increased risk of hip fracture.

Man being arrested

Ex-prisoners less likely to reoffend if given psychotropic drugs, suggests research

Researchers have suggested that ex-prisoners could be given psychotropic drugs when they are released from prison after a study showed that they substantially reduce their risk of violent reoffending.

Dame Sue Bailey, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Intercollegiate report recommends how to improve the physical health of patients with severe mental illnessSubscription

‘Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’ makes practical recommendations for changes to help adults with severe mental illness receive the same standard of physical healthcare as the general population.

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