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...
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...
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....
Use of Warmth for the Treatment of Blues
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....