Department of Psychiatry In The News

  • Mind the Brain: Suicide Risk and the Global Pandemic

    May 19, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic is an unusual kind of natural disaster, but like other natural disasters, we are anticipating a high number of casualties. Unlike earthquakes and floods, these casualties will accumulate more slowly and, as a result, will be less visible. Building codes, evacuation plans and other disaster preparedness efforts have limited loss of life in recent natural disasters in the United States, but infectious diseases are more complex. Epidemics are not simple events in one geographic area with immediate damage and subsequent relief efforts mounted from other areas. Global travel and supply chains have spread the effects in ways that reduce the ability of other neighboring regions to provide disaster relief. The novelty of COVID-19 prevents the government and others from responding with as much confidence.
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  • Joel Stoddard

    New insight into the neural circuitry underlying irritability and anxiety in youths when processing social threat

    Apr 21, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    Study author Joel Stoddard of the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado, explained: “When I was early in my career, I began to appreciate that even though ‘anxiety’ and ‘irritability’ seem like straightforward symptoms, their presentation is often intermingled. We simply don’t know why they co-occur or conversely why a child might have one symptom but not the other.” PsyPost, April 21, 2020 ​ Read the full article here.
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  • Mind the Brain: Mind the Drink

    May 12, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new stressors into everyone’s lives. It can be tempting to pour a glass of wine or grab a beer to help cope. However, during this public health crisis, what are the ramifications in regards to alcohol use and alcoholism?
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  • Mind the Brain: Unstructured, Uncertain, Uneasy - Students During COVID-19

    May 4, 2020
    I talk (over video chat) to many students in the healthcare professions through my position at Student and Resident Mental Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and its requirement for social distancing began in mid-March, a common theme in our conversations has appeared. These once ambitious, hardworking, stoic doers are surprised they can’t engage themselves in activities, despite having all this free time on their hands.
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    Mind the Brain: How COVID-19 is a Unique Threat to Mental Health

    Apr 28, 2020
    Steven Berkowitz, MD addresses how pandemics are different from other disasters, how COVID-19 is different from previous pandemics, and what you can do today to cope with this inordinate stress.
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  • How to Prevent Psychiatric Crises During a Pandemic

    Apr 22, 2020
    It’s not whether EDs have the capacity to conduct assessments and crisis evaluations for patients with psychiatric conditions that worries Scott Simpson, medical director of psychiatric emergency services at Denver Health and associate professor of psychiatry at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. It’s what will happen to patients after such assessments are made that worries him. “I think there are going to be a lot of challenges coming up related to transitions of care,” he said. Psychiatric News, April 9, 2020
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  • The Howling: Americans Let It Out From Depths of Pandemic

    Apr 22, 2020
    The nightly howl is a primal affirmation that provides a moment’s bright spot each evening by declaring, collectively: We shall prevail, said Scott Cypers, director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The New York Times via Associated Press, April 10, 2020
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  • Jay Shore

    COVID-19: A guide to making telepsychiatry work

    Apr 22, 2020
    “The genie is out of the bottle on this,” said Jay Shore, director of telemedicine at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and director of telemedicine programming for the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He thinks this is the beginning of a new era that will last beyond the pandemic. “There’s going to be a much wider and diffuse acceptance of telemedicine as we go forward,” he added. The Hospitalist, April 9, 2020
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  • Matt Mishkind

    AHA News: Cut Off From Counseling During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

    Apr 22, 2020
    Matt Mishkind, deputy director of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, is concerned about families learning to juggle work and school at home. “We’re going to start to see a lot more parenting issues come out, and probably more need for family services as well,” he predicted. CBS4, April 14, 2020
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    Mind the Brain: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

    Apr 21, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    From Dr. Epperson comes a new series of articles about mental healthcare in the time of COVID-19
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    An online parenting support group to help parents in our community as they cope with the pandemic, home schooling, and other causes of anxiety.

    Apr 13, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    From the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Scott Cypers, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Amy Lopez, PhD, LCSW, instructor of family medicine, have launched an online parenting support group to help parents in our community as they cope with the pandemic, home schooling, and other causes of anxiety. The initial support group meeting had 162 Zoom participants and the video posting of that meeting has had more than 1,700 views. More information about future events are posted on the Johnson Depression Center website.
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  • Joel Stoddard

    Lungs, Heart, Brain: The Health Risks Of Vaping That Doctors Know – And The Ones They Don’t

    Feb 18, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    Child psychiatrist Joel Stoddard said that, at least in research on young animals, “there are permanent changes in neural pathways for attention and memory.” “And it makes you more prone to goosing that reward system,” said Stoddard [assistant professor of psychiatry at CU School of Medicine]. CPR News, Feb. 12, 2020
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  • Jay Shore

    Telepsychiatry an ‘effective tool’ for perinatal integrated care

    Feb 18, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    “Early identification and treatment of perinatal depression can improve outcomes for mothers and children by promoting both parenting success and early childhood development,” Jay H. Shore, of CU School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. Healio, Feb. 10, 2020
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  • Robin Gabriels

    MMC Research Institute awarded grant to study benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for children with autism

    Feb 18, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    The Maine Medical Research Institute will partner with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to study why therapeutic horseback riding benefits children with autism and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses. Both organizations have been awarded $2.5 million for their research….A previous study by Colorado Anschutz researcher Robin Gabriels showed that a 10-week horseback riding session reduced irritability and hyperactivity while improving social communication skills. The new research will look at why. News Center Maine (Portland, Maine), Feb. 10, 2020
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    CU Anschutz turns in high-profile research on children, bipolar disorder

    Jan 24, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora brought notable attention to the work there this month as they explore help for children and teens vulnerable to bipolar disorder. Researchers found two treatments were more effective at delaying new and recurring bipolar symptoms: 12 sessions of teaching families better communication skills or six sessions of traditional psychoeducation to help patients understand and cope with their symptoms.
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    Inside A Risky, Rare Brain Surgery For OCD

    Jan 31, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    “For someone to be a candidate for deep brain stimulation, we want them to have tried all the standard therapies and to have had those not work,” explains Rachel Davis, a psychiatrist at UCHealth and director of the OCD Clinic at CU Anschutz [and assistant professor of psychiatry at CU School of Medicine]. “There is a small but not trivial risk of a serious complication from surgery. We know that putting these electrodes in is safe for the vast majority of patients. But some, you can you run a risk of a stroke, of bleeding in the brain, of infection, of hardware-related complications. And so that’s not to be taken lightly,” Steven Ojemann, neurosurgeon at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and associate professor of neurosurgery at CU School of Medicine], told Newsy. Newsy, Jan. 23, 2020
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  • Robin Gabriels

    Grant To Help CU Anschutz Researcher Learn Why Therapeutic Horseback Riding Benefits Autistic Children

    Jan 24, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    “This study also aims to refine information on the durability, dose and sub-population effects of this intervention,” said Robin Gabriels, professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and licensed clinical psychologist who practices at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
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    Family Therapy Best for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

    Jan 23, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    “This study is an important first step in trying to decrease the severity of bipolar disorder early on for children,” said study co-author Christopher Schneck, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado. “Efforts at home and in health care settings, like providing skill training for families, can make a big difference in a child’s suffering.” U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 20, 2020
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    Deep brain stimulation zaps OCD - UCHealth Today

    Jan 14, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    Standard treatments for his obsessive-compulsive disorder hadn't provided relief, so UCH doctors offered up one last option: deep-brain stimulation for OCD.
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  • Steve Berkowitz

    Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is traumatizing kids. Bring asylum seekers here to heal.

    Jan 6, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    Opinion column by Steven Berkowitz, professor of psychiatry and the director of the Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research and Treatment Center at the CU School of Medicine, and co-author: “As these children and parents arrive at our doorstep seeking asylum, as is their legal right, it is wrong for this administration to knowingly place them in dangerous environments when safe alternatives exist and their presence in the United States has no negative impact on our society. It is our duty to protect them.” USA Today, Jan. 6, 2020
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