Department of Psychiatry

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New Labatt Family Network provides hope for understanding the biology of depression

Thanks to a $20-million gift from the Labatt family, the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry is launching a groundbreaking network dedicated to understanding the biological causes of depression.
Feb 11 / 2019

Suicidal? Get a Postcard. The New JCP Paper on Suicide Prevention. Also, Ketamine & Inpatients

"Can we do better at suicide prevention? In recent years, several studies have tried brief contact interventions – that is, interventions aimed at maintaining a post-discharge connection – reporting success. These interventions have been relatively simple, such as handwritten postcards or phone calls for people post-attempt.
Nov 8 / 2018

Prevention Works – the New JAMA Psychiatry Paper on MIs & Mortality in Patients with Schizophrenia

"Statistically, people with major mental illness have a life expectancy that is decades shorter than those without. Not only is that gap significant, but it may be growing. In a 2013 paper, drawing on Danish data, Nielsen et al. showed that the expansion of life expectancy seen in the general population over the past 30 years hasn’t been enjoyed by those with schizophrenia.
Nov 1 / 2018

“The Name of the Dog” – Dr. Tafder’s Excellent NEJM Paper & More

"There is something often dehumanizing about the health-care experience – the way patients can be reduced to medical-record numbers, the way lives can be summarized in disease names and a few demographic details (“a 30 year old woman with schizophrenia”). This week, we consider two essays that are about people who happen to be patients – and the lessons that our colleagues have drawn from their stories.
Oct 25 / 2018