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Psychiatric Times Vol 31 No 11: November 2009

Psychopharmacology

This article reviews the reasons for measuring serum levels of psychotropics and provides optimum serum levels for various psychotropic agents to optimize their effectiveness and safety.

Psychopharmacology

What signs are generally regarded as negative symptoms? What etiological factors contribute to a negative symptom presentation? How to treat these symptoms? Insights here.

Psychopharmacology

The role of transplant psychiatrists is to assess both transplant and donor candidates to determine capacity to consent to the surgery, recent stressors and coping skills, social supports and availability of caregivers, and whether there are psychological or substance abuse issues that would affect outcomes.

Psychopharmacology

The past decade has been an exciting one for the field of psychosomatic medicine. It has been recognized as a specialty and now has a certification examination. In this Special Report, we discuss some of the approaches that are being taken to special populations within the psychosomatic medicine community.

Psychopharmacology

Cultural Psychiatry

There are probably many social, economic, and familial forces at work in generating the trend toward public incivility, and it would be silly to blame the Internet for the riot in Keene.

Cultural Psychiatry

This volume is written from an emerging edge of basic science and will reward a clinical readership.

Cultural Psychiatry

This article provides a practical framework that can guide consultation-liaison psychiatrists through solving problems of capacity and informed consent.

Cultural Psychiatry

After years of working with troubled individuals claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrials, Harvard University Professor John Mack published a book. What made Mack and the book so controversial was the fact that he had come to accept that his patients’ stories were an accurate description of real events.

Cultural Psychiatry

Substance Use Disorder

The use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence is on the rise. However, buprenorphine withdrawal has its own withdrawal symptoms that in many cases can be as severe as symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Substance Use Disorder

Anxiety

This study highlights the need to consider a holistic approach when discussing the problem of disruptive behavior in health care settings.

Anxiety

Geriatric Psychiatry

Psychiatrists should be playing a key role in end-of-life decisions as well as, not coincidentally, in pain management.

Geriatric Psychiatry

There are a considerable number of aging patients with an eating disorder who have only partial symptom remission or who remain ill for many decades. Here is a case in point.

Geriatric Psychiatry

The need to integrate psychiatric treatment with somatic care puts psychosomatic medicine in a unique position to focus on older patients who would not otherwise seek specialized treatment.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Bipolar Disorder

Here: the case of a woman with bipolar disorder who was admitted for aggressive behavior and nonadherence to medications. Art therapy and pharmacotherapy played a pivotal role in her recovery.

Bipolar Disorder

Key issues about geriatric bipolar disorder—epidemiology, assessment, medical and psychiatric comorbidity, and treatment—are the focus.

Bipolar Disorder

We’ve been meeting since his PSA spiked and he decided on surgery. Radiation finished, nerves nicked by the robot...

Although the early focus of the NIH component of the BRAIN Initiative is on tool development, the examples listed in this article show that these tools will have relevance to practicing clinicians within the lifetime of the Initiative.

Career

The case for training residents to conduct evaluations of impairments in patients with chronic mental health issues.

Career

Mood Disorders

An overview of select topics in clinical psycho-oncology, including assessment and management of delirium and brain lesions, mood and anxiety disorders, medication adverse effects, and existential death anxiety.

Mood Disorders

Neuropsychiatry

For severly ill patients, understanding the neurobiological underpinning of assertive coping provides an additional map for rapid assessment, formulation, and intervention to bolster assertive coping. It does not replace but complements other psychotherapeutic tools that can be implemented in brief encounters.

Neuropsychiatry

Although the somatizing disorders cover a vast array of symptomatic domains across many medical specialties, this article addresses the broad topic conceptually.

Neuropsychiatry

Couch in Crisis

We need to join forces with our natural allies: the patients we treat and their families, as well as government, community, and business leaders, to make addressing the impact of violence and abuse one of our highest public health priorities.

Couch in Crisis

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

In the US, suicide is a leading cause of death, ranking third among youths aged 15 to 24. Rates of suicide attempts and death are highest among US Pacific Island indigenous youths. Emergency departments play a key role in suicide prevention, especially in this and other minority populations.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

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