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October 2015

The FDA has approved flibanserin (Addyi) to treat low or absent libido in women.

ADHD Mortality
In a study in Denmark, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was associated with an increased risk of mortality, especially in patients 18 years and older and in female patients.

Antidepressants, NSAIDs, and the Risk of Intracranial Hemorrhage
In a large, retrospective cohort study, patients who took an antidepressant concomitantly with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) were more likely to suffer an intracranial hemorrhage than those who took an antidepressant alone.

In Brief
Synthetic Cannabinoids Dangerous and Readily Available; Women with Memory Impairment Worsen More Quickly than Men

Stimulants for Geriatric Depression
As an adjunct to antidepressants, methylphenidate (Ritalin and others) may improve symptoms of depression in elderly patients and accelerate response.

A Message from Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D.

When I first started writing BTP in the 1970s, it was to bridge the gap between new knowledge in our field and its application to patient care. Over the decades since, the need for this bridge has become even greater. Neuroscience rockets forward. Psychiatrists and other clinicians have a broader array of treatments for patients with mental disorders than we even dreamed of back then. But we have less time to spend with patients and less time to keep up with developments that affect treatment decisions. Our medications, and those prescribed by colleagues in other specialties, are more varied, complex, and prone to interactions. What were formerly crisp boundaries between major psychopharmacologic categories are now murky.

This makes the modern practice of psychiatry challenging—but also fun and promising. With the expanding armamentarium of treatment options comes enhanced ability to alleviate suffering. The mission of BTP remains constant, even while the field grows. We are still here to bridge the gap, to make science applicable and relevant, and to help you in your day-to-day work relieve distress and improve function in patients' lives.