MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 4 of 5: Although antidepressant medication is most often prescribed for cases of depression, simple supplementation with folate or vitamins D and B12 has been shown to ease the effects of the disorder.
A population study found mood lability in 38% of children with ADHD.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) defines depression as a heterogeneous disorder characterised by sadness, loss of interest or irritability. Depression ranges from mild to severe. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the more severe form.
A team of researchers, who collected data of 116 477 men and women, found that every type of antidepressant they studied was more effective at lessening symptoms of depression over time than placebo. They considered a drug ‘effective’ if it reduced depression symptoms by 50% or more.
The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study found that patients treated with Zyprexa (olanzapine) have the highest risk of weight gain, while Geodon (ziprasidone) and Seroquel (quetiapine) were not associated with an increase in body mass index.