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This Week in Psychiatry — 6/28/11

June 29, 2011

Are Rates of Common Mental Disorders Really Rising?

According to three adult morbidity surveys, administered in 1993, 2000, and 2007 (8,670, 6,977, and 6,815 respondents, respectively), the prevalence of Revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS-R) psychiatric disorders remained stable over the 15-year survey period. The rate of common mental disorders in women was reported at 18.1%, 18.5%, and 18.9% at the respective follow-up periods, although sleep disorders in women increased from 28.4% in 1993 to 36.7% in 2007. In 2000, the men’s prevalence rate peaked at 12.6%, up from 10.9% in 2000, before settling at 11.8% in 2007. These findings were published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.

 Self-Perception A Key Factor in Social Anxiety Severity

Research from two studies published in Behaviour Research and Therapy looked to examine how the interpersonal lives of patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) affects their SAD. The first study compared SAD patients without MDD (n=42) to controls (n=47). The second study compared patients with SAD and MDD (n=45) to patients with other anxiety disorders and MDD (n=31). The results of these studies indicated that SAD patients perceived themselves as having a low social rank, being inferior, behaving submissively, and perceiving themselves to have low intimacy and closeness among their peers, friendships, and romantic relationships. Both studies found that SAD was associated with these perceptions above and beyond the symptomatic as well as the syndrome-level effect of depression’

In Young People With Frequent ER Visits, Some Past Mental Struggles

The authors of a study in Psychiatric Services assessed the status of mental health care for youths with repeat psychiatric emergency department (ED) visits. Over an 8-year period, a child psychiatrist completed the Pediatric Psychiatry Emergency Evaluation Form for 338 youths who made a repeat ED visit within 6 months of their initial visit. Fifty percent of youths presented with behavior problems at both visits. Sixty-five percent of youths reported ongoing outpatient psychiatric care at both visits. Youths who reported outpatient mental health care at initial visit were 5 times more likely to report such care during their repeat visit.

“This Week in Psychiatry” is written Christopher Naccari and Lonnie Stoltzfoos

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