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Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH

Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH

Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH, is Contributing Editor of Psychiatric Times. Email her here.

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ADHD is on the rise according to a new report from the CDC, and most youngsters with the diagnosis are receiving treatment for the disorder. But the report raises a number of clinical implications . . .

A newly published qualitative literature review found stimulants may provide neuroprotective effects for children with ADHD.

This member of the DSM-5 Work Group for Psychotic Disorders describes the 8 dimensions used to define the presentation of psychosis—the biggest and most clinically important of the changes in the schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders section.

You’ve come a long way, baby. But maybe not long enough, according to Dr Rajiv Tandon, who shared the evolution of schizophrenia diagnosis and highlighted the current status for attendees at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.

Can drugs be categorized as good (eg, medicinal), bad (eg, recreational with deleterious side effects and addiction issues), or is there a middle ground? That was the underlying theme in a lecture at PsychCongress, “Perils and Promise of Psychoactive Drugs: A Focus on Harm Reduction Psychiatry.”

Lack of communication is often a key factor in mass murder, according Phillip Resnick, MD. Although HIPAA is important, the safety of the individual and the public should outweigh privacy issues, and “risk to human life always trumps confidentiality.”

Most people look forward to their morning jolt from coffee, but could that cup of Joe be doing more than keeping us alert? According to researchers from Harvard University, java may indeed have another benefit—that of reducing suicide risk.

Adolescents with psychopathology who also experience psychotic symptoms have a nearly 70-fold increased odds of acute suicide attempts, according to new research.

From chocoholics and beyond, references to food cravings have been found in pop culture since the dawn of time. Here, new research sheds light on the neurobiology of food addiction.

When you are making a diagnosis or treating a patient, don’t glaze over the details, warned Jane Gagliardi, MD, MHS. Gagliardi related two cases in which clinicians had done just that and, as a result, missed a key medical issue.

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