NEI Max updates: COVID-19 and mental health, neural effects of childhood abuse and more
Healio Psychiatry has compiled a list of five major stories from NEI Max 2020.
Insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed mental health care, findings on the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on brain structure and function and tips for psychiatrists in tackling the opioid crisis were among the presentation topics at the virtual meeting.
COVID-19 pandemic has caused 'dramatic changes' in approach to mental health care
The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting effects on the psychiatric care of patients, according to William M. Sauvé, MD, medical director of the Virginia region of Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers. Read more.
Childhood abuse, neglect may significantly alter brain structure, function
Childhood abuse and neglect appear to have significant effects on brain structure and function, as well as on the epigenome, according to Deborah A. York, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, CCRA, psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mountain Mind Private Practice in Colorado. Read more.
Expert details psychiatrist’s role in tackling opioid crisis
Psychiatrists can play an important role in addressing the opioid crisis by optimizing medication-assisted treatment, according to William M. Sauvé, MD, medical director of the Virginia region of Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers. Read more.
Acknowledging racism, focusing on anti-racist efforts helps Black Americans’ health
Systematic racism has had a significant impact on the mental and physical health of Black Americans, according to Napoleon B. Higgins Jr., MD, president and CEO of Bay Point Behavioral Health Services Inc. and South East Houston Research Group in Texas. Read more.
Cannabis can alleviate psychiatric, physical symptoms, but results mixed, speaker says
A significant number of individuals report using cannabis to treat psychiatric and physical challenges, yet the evidence remains mixed on its efficacy, according to Kari L. Franson, PhD, PharmD, BCPP, professor of clinical pharmacy at University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Read more.