Risk factors for suicidal ideations in bipolar disorder
As reported in Bipolar Disorders, the following risk factors were associated with suicidal ideations in patients with bipolar disorder (n=130): grade of severity of current episode (OR=22.601); family history of suicide attempt (OR=18.06); preceding life event (OR=3.797); and past history of suicidal event (OR=3.11).
Psychomotor speed predicts social function in schizophrenics
As reported in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, slow psychomotor speed predicts poor 5-y social function (OR=3.37) in patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum. Global cognitive function and verbal learning ability had no association with subsequent social function.
Children’s Depression Screener is a useful tool
As reported in Psychiatry Research, the Childrens Depression Screener (ChilD-S) has been shown to have a diagnostic accuracy of 0.97 in children with depression and at a cut-off level ≥ 12, the sensitivity and specificity are 0.91 and 0.81, respectively.