- Postpartum Progress reports that the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act bill did not pass. Spreading lies like this did not help.
- The FDA recently approved Stavzor, a valproic acid delayed release capsule, for the treatment of bipolar disorder, seizures, and migraine headaches. Wow. That’s covering the gamut. The drug looks like it’ll be competing directly with the Depakote brand.
The mastermind behind Stavzor is Noven Pharmaceuticals (in conjunction with Banner Pharmacaps Inc.). The new “small, easy-to-swallow soft gel capsule” is available in three strengths: 125, 250, and 500 mgs. The pills are are “up to 40% smaller than han Depakote® and Depakote ER® tablets at the 500 mg dosage strength.” From Noven’s PR:
Stavzor is approved for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy in the treatment of patients with complex partial seizures that occur either in isolation or in association with other types of seizures, and for prophylaxis of migraine headaches.
The drug will hit the market in mid to late August.
- A recent AP article notes that more than 22,000 veterans contacted the veterans portion of The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline since its inception last July. The government reports that the hotline support has helped to prevent more than 1200 people from committing suicide. The Veterans Administration (VA) estimates that 6500 veterans commit suicide annually. In light of recent news regarding the increase in Marine suicides, the effectiveness of the suicide hotline is offers significant promise.
The hotline receives an average 250 calls each day from veterans that have fought in Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.
The issue of soldiers with mental illness has recently come to light with studies showing that 1 in 5 soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have shown symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The issue of the high suicides rate has been a high priority of the VA since mental health director Ira Katz tried to hide the significant number of suicides committed by veterans.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 800-273-TALK (8255); veterans should press “1” after being connected.
- Psychologists are now saying that hitting and yelling at children is causing an increase in mental illness, which has manifested in ages as young as 3 years old. News.com.au reports that 1 in 7 children are affected by a mental disorder.
“We have seen a 60 per cent increase in demand for our child anxiety classes in the past six months,” said [Dr. Kimberley O’Brien, of the Quirky Kids Clinic at Woollahra in Sydney].
It sounds more like the article is speaking of children who are exposed to constant physical and emotional abuse. If that’s the case, shouldn’t there rather be an increase in parenting properly classes?
- Finally, a bit of sad news: police in Connecticut report than 10-year-old killed herself apparently by hanging. Police do not believe that foul play was involved. I can’t imagine being 10 and feeling suicidal. It was tough enough at 14.