International Journal of

Depression and AnxietyISSN: 2643-4059


 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2643-4059/1710040

Implementing the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) to Identify and Refer Adults with Depression

Shelia M. Brooks

Article Type: Project Report | First Published: 2023/07/21

Depression, if left untreated, may lead to an unhealthy physiological and psychological state. At the project site, there was no current assessment for depressive symptoms or subsequent referral of patients for depression, so an evidence-based solution was sought. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine if the translation of Patel, et al.’s research utilizing the Patient Health Questionaire-9 (PHQ-9) depression severity tool would impact the number of referrals to a me...

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2643-4059/1710033

Use of Objective Rating Scales for Generalized Anxiety by Psychiatry Specialists in Pediatric Populations

Brittany Finocchio, PharmD, BCPP and Wanda Hilliard, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 15, 2023

In 2021, leading pediatric healthcare organizations declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health in America. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions affecting pediatric populations. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, recommends objective measurement of pediatric anxiety for evaluation of symptomatology and treatment response. The objective of this review was to summarize recommendations and resources for me...

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2643-4059/1710036

Can Deep Brain Stimulation Be a Promising Treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

Nazanin Amirani, MSc* and Ijeuma Nwachuku, PhD

Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 18, 2023

In recent decades, despite remarkable advances in antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, and electrical stimulation, between 20%-30% of patients suffering from major depressive disorder remain untreated or are at a high risk of relapse. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a recently invented modality that has been under investigation since 2005, however, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved it as a final line in treating severe depression....

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2643-4059/1710035

Use of Warmth for the Treatment of Blues

Adhishri Yadav

Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 16, 2023

Current rise in depression leading to high disease burden and economic strain demands more research and proposals towards effective and practical treatment protocols for Major Depressive Disorders. Heat therapies have gained its reputation as an effective alternative treatment from various psychiatric, medical, and cultural studies which is significantly relevant in view of consideration of the gap between provision and adherence for treatment and ineffectiveness of current treatment choices....

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