The Psychiatrist and the Slot Machine
May 24, 2013
Are there differences in the neuroimaging of persons who just gamble and those who pathologically gamble? This question and more in this Q&A.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
May 10, 2013
Psychiatrists who are concerned with the perils of misdiagnosing a psychiatric presentation as primary mental illness will find Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire of great interest.
MINE YOUR MIND QUIZ
Mini-Quiz: Electroconvulsive Therapy
April 10, 2013
Periprocedural advancements, including liberalization of concomitant and pre-treatment medications, add to the comfort and tolerability of ECT, but adverse effects do exist. More in this quiz.
Mini-quiz: Major Depressive Disorder
February 25, 2013
Major depression is a common chronic illness within the general US population. What is the approximate prevalence for MDD in the US population?
We've put many of the clinical scales online, hoping healthcare professionals—whether in specialty practices, primary-care settings, or emergency services—will find this format convenient. … Read More
Parity Laws: Powerful Weapon—or Pipe Dream?
May 6, 2013
Has the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity had any real impact on your ability to provide care to patients, or are you experiencing the shells and mortars of paperwork and denials? And will the average patient ever really benefit from the laws, or were they just passed to make the country feel better about the state of psychiatric care in the US?
New Clinical TMS Society Established
May 2, 2013
A new clinical society has been founded to coordinate transcranial magnetic stimulation practices and to connect physician and non-physician members from across the world.
US Physicians and Burnout: Optimistic Psychiatrists Take Heart?
April 26, 2013
If you are a psychiatrist who tends to look on the bright side, you may find the results of a new physician survey to be relatively good. Psychiatrists report the lowest level of professional burnout and the lowest level of burnout severity across various specialties. But just how good is relatively good?
Helping Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape
April 8, 2013
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Because the aftermath of sexual violence can result in suicidal feelings, depression, PTSD, and other mental disorders, clinicians play an important role in treating both victims and perpetrators and helping to prevent further damage.
White House Unveils BRAIN Initiative
April 5, 2013
President Barack Obama proposed a new research initiative designed to further study and better understand, treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders including Alzheimer disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.
For Persons With Serious Mental Illness, Weight Loss Is Possible
March 26, 2013
Overweight and obesity are epidemic among persons with serious mental illness, yet weight-loss trials systematically exclude these patients. A new study found that a behavioral weight-loss program significantly reduced weight in in this vulnerable population.
Major University Establishes New LGBT Health Center
March 7, 2013
Research efforts for LGBT patients include creating innovative medical and mental health services that lead to the training of students and practitioners and promote the development of outreach strategies specific to today’s critical needs.
Mass Shootings: Research and Lessons
February 12, 2013
The news media has always been in the business of searching for "the right sort of madness" to capture the public's imagination.
Panic Attacks and Suicide
February 12, 2013
According to the CDC's latest published report, there were 38,364 suicides in the US in 2010—an average of 105 each day. Globally, an estimated 1 million suicides occur annually.
FROM PHYSICIANS PRACTICE
Five Steps to Improving Patient Access Judy Capko,
May 21, 2013
Patient access is getting increased attention through reform initiatives. Here are five steps you can take to make sure patients get appropriate access to care in your office.