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Major Depressive Disorder

Renal failure is not an uncommon disorder either in the general public or in patients with psychiatric disorders, but accompanying depression, anxiety, and loss must be attended to during such an illness.

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Critics of psychiatry claim there is an “epidemic” of mental illness in the US—and some argue this is a consequence of psychiatric treatment. But the best epidemiological evidence reveals no such epidemic in this country, rendering the iatrogenic “explanation” null and void.

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Insights about emotion regulation in bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder from a new study; and new information about post-partum depressive epidoes in women with bipolar disorder.

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Here: highlights of a new study of the antipsychotic agent ziprasidone in bipolar spectrum disorder -- and a quick synopsis of another trial of a recently approved inhaled form of the antipsychotic loxapine in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

What is the latest evidenced-based tool for cultural assessment that is included in DSM-5?

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Playing helpless witness to a growing epidemic with no cure takes us back in time. The Hippocratics called it the “art” of medicine. It does not take a psychiatrist, however, to see that this “artful” approach frequently fails in public health crises.

To determine a treatment plan, psychiatrists may consider the social and cultural context before they attempt to formulate an assessment and diagnosis of depression or another psychiatric disorder. The Cultural Formulation gives us the tools to do just that.

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