iPhone to Detect Depression; Schizophrenia & COVID Death; Use Person-First Language

In partnership with the University of California Los Angeles, Apple is working on a new iPhone feature utilizing facial expressions and typing data to help identify depression and cognitive decline in users. (Wall Street Journal)

People with schizophrenia who tested positive for COVID-19 had greater odds of death during the early months of the pandemic. However, mood and anxiety disorders were not tied to a higher risk of COVID-19 mortality. (JAMA Psychiatry)

Counselors who used person-first language — swapping the term “schizophrenic” for “person with schizophrenia” — showed greater tolerance toward people with schizophrenia. “The take-home message is clear — all people, even mental health professionals, are affected by the words and labels that we use. We now have empirical evidence that taking the time to utter a few more syllables and include the word ‘person’ has real potential to make a difference in the lives of our clients,” said study author Darcy Haag Granello, PhD, of the Ohio State University, in a statement. (Journal of Counseling & Development)

One family is demanding answers after a 29-year-old Black mother of two checked herself into Queens Hospital Center for postpartum depression and died just 48 hours later. (The City)

College students with a certain variant in the OXTR gene tended to follow more people on Instagram. “The current findings could inspire future research exploring online sociability with a gene-environment perspective,” said study author Gianluca Esposito, PhD, of the University of Trento in Italy, in a statement. (Heliyon)

A 25-year-old Wichita man pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder after stabbing his psychiatrist over 160 times outside his clinic. (The Wichita Eagle)

Owners of the psychiatric Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital in California settled on a $2.85 million lawsuit that alleged several state labor code violations, including unsafe working conditions. (The Press Democrat)

Talk show host Wendy Williams was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital Tuesday for a psychiatric evaluation. (TMZ)

  • Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.

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