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Poor Mental Health Support for Coronavirus Patients; Harms of Teens’ Smartphone Use

Mental health services for Chinese patients, family members, and healthcare professionals affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus are severely lacking, argue two commentators in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Good news for bariatric surgery patients — use of psychiatric medication didn’t reduce the degree of weight loss 1 year after surgery. (Psychosomatics)

Video game therapy: new treatment option for kids with ADHD? (ABC News)

Infections, and in particular hepatitis, may increase the risk for substance-induced psychosis. (American Journal of Psychiatry)

And major depressive disorder was tied to an increased risk for new-onset tinnitus. (Journal of Affective Disorders)

In order to better tailor management options, better understanding of patients’ daily experience with schizophrenia is needed (ScienceDaily)

More evidence details the possible harms of excessive smartphone use in adolescents. “Physicians, teachers and families need to work together with youth to decrease possible harmful effects of smartphones and social media on their relationships, sense of self, sleep, academic performance, and emotional well-being,” said lead author Elia Abi-Jaoude, MD, of the University Health Network in Toronto, in a statement. (CMAJ)