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Psychiatric Times Vol 31 No 8: August 2009

Bipolar Disorder

Clinical applications for the most commonly used anticonvulsants are reviewed here, along with complications and recent findings for day-to-day practice. Also: an update on findings from research on anticonvulsants used less often, but which may be potentially beneficial.

Bipolar Disorder

The authors-- both well-known specialists-- attempt to integrate the two fundamental ingredients of psychotherapy and pharmacology in the treatment of bipolar disorders.

Bipolar Disorder

At a time when our field is under attack from many quarters, it is critically important to be able to discuss what it is that we do as psychiatrists in a non-defensive and intellectually rigorous manner. Help here.

Until I attended the recent Graphic Medicine conference at Johns Hopkins, I did not appreciate the skyrocketing popularity of “graphic novels” as “illness narratives,” writes this psychiatrist.

Fifty Shrinks allows us to see ourselves through the sensitive eyes of a colleague and artist.

What psychological factors may lurk beneath endorsement of or opposition to the death penalty? This author speculates.

Depression

Depression

Couch in Crisis

Are patients with schizophrenia better off without antipsychotics? Here: a point/counterpoint.

Couch in Crisis

This exchange follows what began with Dr Richard Noll’s article, “Speak, Memory” and the “repressed recovered memory/multiple personality disorder” iatrogenic epidemic of the late 1980s and 1990s.

Couch in Crisis

Addiction

The elephant in the room: the problem of iatrogenic opioid use disorder is being ignored.

Addiction

Maltreatment at an early age casts a very long shadow. Here: a look at the long-term effects of early childhood trauma.

Addiction

Forensic Psychiatry

Substantial progress has been made in the development of etiologic models of intimate partner violence and interventions for individuals who assault their intimate partners. These authors provide details.

Forensic Psychiatry

Medicine and law have a rich collaborative history in the management of persons convicted of sex offenses.

Forensic Psychiatry

The number of persons affected by elder mistreatment and self-neglect is growing-- with consequent increases in morbidity and premature mortality.

Forensic Psychiatry

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

All psychiatrists must familiarize themselves with relevant reporting statutes and be knowledgeable about what constitutes neglect or abuse.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

Here: an update on the diagnosis, causation, and treatment of chronic depressive problems. The focus is on the recently introduced diagnostic category of persistent depressive disorder.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

Cognitive Disorders

The SSRIs, although principally targeting serotonin transporter, are complex drugs that might work on other neurotransmitter and receptor systems. It is likely worthwhile to look at the effects of other monoamine and neuropeptide systems on the enzymatic machinery cleaving the amyloid precursor protein.

Cognitive Disorders

Cultural Psychiatry

The recent 2014 Joint Report of the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association could have been a most useful and timely report on the woefully inadequate access to appropriate levels of mental health services for incarcerated seriously mentally ill persons. This author believes the report will only make the problem worse.

Cultural Psychiatry

Major Depressive Disorder

Minorities remain less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness and more likely to die by suicide. As ethnocultural diversity within the US grows, psychiatrists are increasingly evaluating attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of a broad spectrum of ethnocultural groups.

Major Depressive Disorder

Most patients with psychiatric diagnoses present with sleep disturbances that can have as great an impact on health-related quality of life as the mental illness itself. Here, tips on treatment and chronotherapeutic applications for major depression and other disorders.

Major Depressive Disorder

Telepsychiatry

It is essential that we psychiatrists align ourselves with the public and our patients both to disseminate accurate information and to educate. Social media allows us to have this public voice more than ever before.

Telepsychiatry

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