The Weekly Mind Reader: Liars, Pornography, Havana Syndrome

by Staff Writer
March 3, 2023 at 3:05 PM UTC

minor ear anomalies are more common in people with depressive order. published some insightful studies and stories this week. Here’s a roundup in case you missed anything from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, or Front of Mind News. 


Attempted suicide diminishes quality of life. Though this may seem like an obvious statement, a new study is among the first to assess how previous suicidal behavior should factor into prevention initiatives. When migraine resists treatment, it may be time to consider the differential diagnosis of occipital neuralgia


The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders marked its 25th anniversary, and Editor in Chief Larry Culpepper, MD celebrated his 20th year as the journal’s editor. Check out his essay on the past, present, and future of the PCC. From JCP, a study that measured the impact of sleep procrastination on the mental health of college students. Front of Mind News published a fascinating look at liars, like politician George Santos, to understand why they lie–and why they can’t stop. 


The suicide rate among patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder is 30 times higher than the general population. A news story dug into a study that offered some solutions for this shocking statistic. Another study suggested that babies of moms who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are far less likely to be vaccinated or receive proper preventive health care.  


Pornography plays a significant role in child and partner abuse and alcohol consumption, a new PCC study suggested. The journal also published a case study that followed a patient with Huntington’s associated diogenes syndrome. And a new government report absolved hostile foreign agents as the cause of Havana Syndrome, a severe brain injury that has affected more than 1500 Americans and Canadians abroad. However, it did not clear up the origins of this mystery illness. 


The BetterHelp mental health app betrayed its users by sharing their personal information with third parties like Facebook. The FTC is proposing a fine of $7.8 million against the company and has warned it to clean up its privacy act. 

Looking Ahead

When and how to use lithium augmentation for treating major depressive disorder.

Original Research

A Fully Remote Randomized Trial of Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation for the Acute Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Rapid improvement in depression was associated with tACS, particularly for women. Patients can use tACS treatment on their own at home, and it is associated with minimal adverse events.

Philip R. Gehrman and others

Rounds in the General Hospital

Caring for Traumatized Elders: Lessons Learned From Trauma-Informed Care

Patients with a history of trauma may experience heightened anxiety and fear when faced with medical settings, examinations, or treatments.

Dominique Popescu and others