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June 2019

What is the relationship between mental disorders and comorbid diabetes?

Jun 03
Answer from Dr. Sam Ozersky, Senior Consultant, University Health Network Mood Disorders Clinic and, CEO, Mensante Corporation.

Research has shown an increasingly clear relationship between diabetes and a variety of mental health issues (2018 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines, Can J Diabetes 42 (2018) S130–S141).

With more than 6.7 million Canadians affected by Mental Illness and 2.2 million affected by Diabetes, the economic impacts to health systems and to the workplace are well established.

There are multiple reciprocal relationships in Diabetes & Mental Health Disorder Comorbidity:
 
  1. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can severely impair cognitive functioning.
  2. Diabetes is a risk factor for...

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FeelingBetterNow.com®: A digital mental health platform for optimizing mental health in primary care

Jun 01
FeelingBetterNow.com®: A digital mental health platform for optimizing mental health in primary care Dr. Sam Ozersky | University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital

Presented at the 8th Annual E-Mental Health Conference
New Generations, New Services 

Canadian physicians lack a universal, standardized process to clinically address problems in patients with mental disorders. The current sub-optimal assessment and treatment planning results in poor outcomes for close to 80% of mental health patients in primary care.

FeelingBetterNow.com®, an e-mental health platform for assessment and treatment, was developed and piloted in a small population of patients from an addictions clinic and an automotive company EAP (N=16) with previously diagnosed disorders. They completed the DSM-V based assessment prior to their next appointment as part of a physician&rsquo...

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