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Emotional Blunting Explained; 8% of Adults on Sleep Meds; Long Waits for Psych Care

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Emotional “blunting,” often seen with use of antidepressants, may stem from the drugs’ effects on reinforcement learning, according to a placebo-controlled semi-randomized trial. (Neuropsychopharmacology)

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder was an even bigger predictor of internalizing problems than autism spectrum disorder, a study of over 500 people found. (Scientific Reports)

About 8% of U.S. adults said they use medication to sleep, with even higher rates reported among women and older adults, a CDC survey study showed.

Wait times for psychiatric care may span months for some patients, as indicated by a new report out of Massachusetts. (Axios)

People with schizophrenia may be missing the gene that regulates 12-hour ultradian rhythms in the brain. (PLOS Biology)

While body dissatisfaction can drive eating disorders at any age, this is especially true during perimenopause. (Menopause)

Patients with depressive residual symptoms tended to score higher for neuroticism and lower for conscientiousness in a Thai case-control study. (BMC Psychology)

More flexible prescribing of buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic did not lead to an increase in the share of overdose deaths involving buprenorphine, according to a cross-sectional study of nearly 75,000 overdose deaths. (JAMA Network Open)

Most teens are toting a threat to their mental health in their pockets. (Seattle Times)

  • Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.

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