Everyone in Puerto Rico (PR) was affected by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on September 20, 2017 as the largest scale natural disaster in the US during our lifetime. Many months later, Puerto Ricans continue to face unreasonable obstacles that prevent recovery. This article summarizes literature on post-disaster mental health and describes the public health crisis in PR. Special attention is given to highlight higher suicide rates and PTSD that develop in post-disaster areas.
A 79-year-old widow with a history of severe physical abuse during childhood and throughout her married life attributes her outbursts to old age. Take the quiz and learn more.
Green hills patched with April, snow and I’ve chosen to celebrate. with a full slate of patients.
Consider these travel tips to help alleviate your patients’ fears that, if left unchecked, can trigger full-blown psychosis.
A tribute to the life and work of psychiatrist Walter Weintraub, MD.
In this age of chat rooms and social media, an ever-growing number of psychiatric patients use the internet to find their treatment community online.
Relapse in MDD is associated with morphologic brain changes; stopping exercise may increase depressive symptoms; and inflammatory biomarkers may predict which treatment-resistant MDD patients benefit from ECT.
Pretreatment assessment of functional brain connectivity in patients with major depressive disorder may predict treatment response, according to new study.
This report includes a study on patterns of prodromal psychiatric symptoms that may help identify young persons at increased risk of bipolar disorder; sibling bullying and risk of psychotic disorders; and a new smartphone app that tracks moods and predicts bipolar disorder episodes.
Careful consideration and discussion of risks of treatment and under-treatment (or no treatment) can help can decrease the risk of decompensation during pregnancy or the postpartum period.
Some of the most challenging decisional capacity consultations are requests to determine if a patient has the capacity to participate in discharge planning.
High levels of vitamin D-binding protein may hold promise for use as a diagnostic biomarker of pediatric BD.
Empirically supported psychotherapeutic treatments have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and build problem-solving skills in adolescents. Three of those treatments are discussed in this 10-question quiz.
A new study makes the case for universal screening in patients who appear to be most vulnerable to underdiagnosis.
Up to 50% of cases of cannabis-induced psychosis covert to schizophrenia. A new study provides striking evidence for abuse of other substances and schizophrenia onset.