Psychiatry

Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function which may be behind the emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk that are linked with cannabis abuse, finds a new study. The alterations were most pronounced in people who started using cannabis at a young age. The findings reveal potential negative long-term effects of heavy cannabis… Read more

Two antecedent, or prodromal, psychiatric symptom patterns may help to identify young persons at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder, a new analysis suggests. Early signs of bipolar disorder (BD) can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other… Read more

An association between elevated amyloid beta levels and the worsening of anxiety symptoms is suggested in a new study. The findings support the theory that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. Past studies have suggested depression and other neuropsychiatric symptoms may be predictors of progression of Alzheimer’s Disease… Read more

For the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia University have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy. The finding may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients’ quality of life. Physicians have long suspected there is… Read more

Haloperidol Uses

Haloperidol is an antipsychotic medication. Discovered in 1958, it is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system. Haloperidol typically works within thirty to sixty minutes. A long-acting formulation may be used as an injection every four weeks in people with schizophrenia or… Read more