The Weekly Mind Reader: Schizophrenia CME, ChatGPT, Computer Vision Anxiety

by Staff Writer
January 20, 2023 at 3:05 PM UTC

The Weekly Mind Reader highlights the top psychiatry and CNS stories from the week.

This week we published an eclectic array of psychiatry and CNS studies and stories you won’t want to miss. Here’s the rundown:

Monday

We always love an opportunity to highlight a success story in psychiatry. So to start off the week, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published a review Opening Doors to Recovery, a community navigation and recovery support model created in southeast Georgia that is making a real difference in the lives of those who are severely mentally ill. In the news, a new study found the strongest evidence yet implicating the Epstein Barr virus in multiple sclerosis.

Tuesday

Sexual abuse early in life has a profound effect on future mental health, a new The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders study demonstrated. Researchers identified a clinically relevant link to PTSD and suicidal ideation. We also covered a story about a mental health service founder who admitted on Twitter that his program used a ChatGPT chatbot to help craft responses to 4,000 people seeking mental health advice. 

Wednesday

We have all experienced “Zoom fatigue” after an endless series of video chats. Thanks to a unique study looking at neuro connectivity, we now know why the brain finds it such a chore to communicate through a screen. Don’t miss our 10-part CME series on schizophrenia, created in partnership with the CME Institute. It assembles the latest thinking on everything from causes to diagnostics to promising therapeutics in the pipeline. 

Thursday

A PCC investigation explored the mystery of why restless leg syndrome occurs so frequently in pregnancy, while another study from the journal examined how computer vision syndrome can lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia, and aggression.

Friday

If you’ve ever had to drag your kid out of bed you know that, for young people, waking up is hard to do. Colorado’s second largest school district is trying to help their students get more sleep and improve their grades in the process by shifting to later start times. The research detailed in this piece , suggests that delaying the start of the school day could also yield another surprising benefit. 

Looking Ahead

An updated guide for managing insomnia in the primary care setting, plus an interview with a recent case study author who specializes in maternal and postpartum psychiatry

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