Friday Roundup – There’s an App for That, Sharing is Caring, and Gimmie a U for Depression

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There’s an App for That, Sharing is Caring, and Gimmie a U for Depression

The Latest  in Mental Health Research (and other stuff)

DSM-5 Mobile App

Do you ever find yourself thinking about how something is missing in your life? How there is a void you just cannot fulfill? That you just don’t have enough DSM-5 in your life and/or practice?

Well, there’s an app for that!


The newly released DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App can be used by mental health professionals, students, and researchers to integrate new diagnostic criteria more completely.

Criteria sets are fully accessible offline. Users also have online access to commentary, videos, and supporting resources. Complete DSM-5 criteria sets that are featured on the app are available on phones and tablets, with the most updated information on ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes for administrative and clinical use. The app also features bookmarking that allows customization of most commonly referenced criteria sets.

The DSM-5 app can be purchased via iTunes for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.

Integrated Care a Benefit for Mental Health

The Affordable Care Act is prompting the the advancement integrated care, also known as collaborative care. The U.S. health system is purported to be transformed by integrated care. Mental health services are a part of this transformation, for the better.

The integrated care model is multidisciplinary in nature, patient-focused, emphasizing measurement-based care, and includes psychiatric expertise as part of regular care.

In an interview published in JAMA’s “Medical News and and Perspectives Column,” Wayne Katon, M.D., a psychiatrist and leader in integrated care, stated that the amount of evidence highlighting integrative care’s efficacy in treating complex psychiatric conditions is growing.

In the interview, Katon stated: “Extensive evidence from clinical trials shows that the collaborative care model can almost double the rates of exposure to evidence-based depression/anxiety treatments as well as markedly improve clinical outcomes for patients with depression and anxiety.”

He went on to describe a trial conducted in 2010 that wanted to provide better care for depression and poorly regulated diabetes and/or heart disease using an integrated care model. According to Katon, “it improved not only the patients’ depression-related outcomes, but also improved blood glucose, systolic blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol and reduced overall medical costs.”

Symptoms of Depression Follow a U-Shaped Pattern

A report published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that depressive symptoms follow a “U-shaped pattern” across an individual’s adulthood. Researchers at Florida State University conducted a longitudinal study assessing depressive symptoms in over 2000 subjects. Angela Sutin, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical humanities and social sciences at the university, found that symptoms of depression are at their peak in young adulthood, are reduced during midlife, and increase in older age.


Sutin and her research team noted that the increase of depressive symptoms in the older population is not purely a result of a drop in physical health or end-of-life issues. Further research was recommended to better understand this pattern.

So again, I’m going to urge you all to hug an old person today.

Telling our Stories

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