Global Suicides Rise; Outgrowing ADHD; A 40-Year Soda Addiction

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Over the past 30 years, global suicide deaths rose by almost 20,000, with most countries seeing the highest suicide rates in people ages 70 and older. (Injury Prevention)

The FDA cleared BrainsWay’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) system for anxious depression, the company announced. The TMS system was already indicated for major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and smoking addiction.

An uptick in intimate partner aggression was apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, with such aggression tied to stress and alcohol intake. “Pandemic stress didn’t really tip the scales towards violence among heavy drinkers, but for non-heavy drinkers, all bets were off,” said study author Dominic Parrott, PhD, of the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence at Georgia State University in Atlanta, in a statement. (Psychology of Violence)

COVID-19 vaccination rates among those with mental disorders admitted to, or already in a psychiatric hospital, are equivalent to the general population, according to data from a large psychiatric hospital in Belgium. (The Lancet Psychiatry)

A new genome-wide association study, which included over 40,000 cases of bipolar disorder, pinpointed 15 specific genes associated with bipolar type I and II. (Nature Genetics)

A new study of more than 500 kids with ADHD found only about 9% recovered from symptoms by early adulthood. (American Journal of Psychiatry)

Just how many disorders classified by the DSM are actual legitimate mental conditions? (Wall Street Journal)

Pfizer expanded its voluntary recall of four additional lots of the smoking cessation aid Chantix (varenicline) 0.5 mg/1 mg Tablets due to N-Nitroso varenicline presence, the FDA announced.

Ever wonder what a 40-year addiction to Diet Coke looks like? (New York Times)

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    Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and dermatology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company for nearly five years.

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