This book draws together the entire spectrum of the relevant psychosocial dimensions and data necessary to adequately assist in the evaluation and treatment of patients who may be candidates for bariatric surgery.
Psychiatric Times presents exclusive coverage of the American Psychiatric Association Conference. Here we will report the latest news, resources, and updates from the 2013 APA Conference, the 166th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 18-22, 2013, in San Francisco, CA. Read More
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The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the agency responsible for administering the burgeoning Medicare program for the elderly, announced a nationwide crackdown on community mental health care centers (CMHCs) in September, signaling increased efforts to curtail fraud, error and abuse.
In view of the fact that support is an important aspect of all models of psychotherapy, it is remarkable that beginning practitioners are not taught how to be supportive. Only limited attention has been paid to discussion of the principles underlying supportive interactions. It seems to be taken for granted that good sense, kindness, innate empathy and life experience will enable psychotherapists-and physicians in general-to meet their patients' needs for support by communicating interest, liking and understanding. Just as the literature on psychoanalysis is a source for much of what we know about the expressive component of therapy, the limited literature on supportive psychotherapy is a source for ideas pertinent to the supportive component.
The obvious sometimes bears repeating: Sick people have trouble thinking. They may be suffering from a delirium, a dementia or a more subtle disturbance of cognition caused by fever, drugs, infection, inflammation, trauma, hypoxemia, metabolic derangement, hypotension, tumor, intracranial pathology, pain and so forth.
Wallowing in $1.3 billion in debt, and after losing about a million dollars a day for the past year, the Allegheny health system-a conglomeration of hospitals, physician medical practices and academic institutions-went down for the count in July, leaving Philadelphia's health care system in a financial snarl that may take years to untangle.
Atypical antipsychotic treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and augmentation therapy with olanzapine (Zyprexa) or estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for patients with mood disorders were among the research questions addressed at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Toronto. Following are some brief reports of selected presentations.
The future is both bright and dark for consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry. It is a paradox created by a still-evolving health care system that affords unique opportunities for innovation, while simultaneously placing seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the way of access to quality care. Striving to navigate these systemic contradictions, C-L psychiatry can be seen as on the verge of either a breakthrough or a breakdown-only time will tell how things will work out for this as yet uncertified subspecialty.
When Sigmund Freud gave his epochal lectures at Worcester's Clark University in the early 20th century, a young Harvard student named Alan Gregg was in the audience. Upon completion of his medical education and training as an internist, he would become a great visionary of psychiatry's role in the practice of medicine.
Consultation-Liaison (C-L) psychiatric services are generally not profit-making enterprises. Indeed, they are hard-pressed to demonstrate that they break even. Some attention has been paid to this issue in the recent literature, and specific recommendations of a most helpful nature have been made. The C-L service at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) in Allentown, Pa., is an example of recommendations that have been put in place for C-L.
As health care continues to shift in the United States from fee-for-service to managed care, and away from specialist-driven care to the primary care gatekeeper, it is necessary to re-examine psychiatric training and the psychiatric services that are being provided.
New methods of conducting and evaluating research were as intriguing as their results at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-sponsored New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Program's (NCDEU) 38th annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., June 10-13. The meeting has grown from a forum of NIMH-funded researchers reporting on their progress into a convention of approximately 1,000 clinicians, industry and regulatory personnel, and investigators marking the progress in psychopharmacology.
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When it comes to aging, is there anything to look forward to from a neurocognitive perspective? What can we do to protect our brains from cognitive and functional decline? In this podcast, geriatric psychiatrist Helen Lavretksy outlines strategies to stimluate and revitalize an aging brain.
ADHD can persist into adulthood and have a significant impact on a person's relationships, careers, and even safety. The ASRS (Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale) is a checklist of 18 questions about symptoms that are based on the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV. The patient answers the questions and a positive score suggests the need for a thorough clinical evaluation with a healthcare professional.
The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS) was developed by Ronald Pies, MD and was later refined and tested by S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH and colleagues. The BSDS arose from Pies’s experience as a psychopharmacology consultant, where he was frequently called on to manage cases of “treatment-resistant depression.” In Pies’s experience, most of these cases eventually proved to be undiagnosed bipolar spectrum disorder.