mood disorders

Supplement omega-3 based on weightOlder, larger children using omega-3 fatty acid supplements as therapy for mood disorders—as well as those taking the supplement for general brain and heart health—may need more of the essential nutrient than smaller children, leading researchers to call for new studies into weight-appropriate dosing.
Benzos linked to adverse health eventsThe death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, has increased more than four-fold since 1996, according to a study appearing online in the American Journal of Public Health.
Teenager battles daytime sleep attacksA 17-year-old-male presented to a specialty clinic for follow-up of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), migraine headaches, adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotion and conduct, and mood disorder. At this visit, he reported excessive daytime sleepiness that was interfering with academic tasks and “life.”
Increased risk of psychiatric diagnoses seen following ICU admissionCritically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU) may be at increased risk of a new psychiatric illness and medication use following hospital release, according to a report published March 19 in JAMA.