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
Initiatives in Integrative Mental Health
August 2, 2012
Ongoing advances in functional brain imaging will permit studies on postulated roles of magnetic fields, biophotons, and macroscopic highly coherent quantum field effects on normal brain functioning and mental illness.
Electronic Health Records and Patient Privacy—An Oxymoron?
July 31, 2012
Clinicians tell patients that we will keep their information private and then turn around and put it into an electronic health record that can do just the opposite. . . . Putting confidential information into an electronic health record can be like putting it up on a billboard.
Sex Orientation Change Therapy: Back in the Headlines
July 13, 2012
A bill banning mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with patients passed the California Senate just weeks after prominent psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, MD, apologized to the gay community for his 2003 study.
Doctors Die Differently: Why—and How
June 29, 2012
“If physicians cannot control what happens to them, then it’s going to be difficult for laypersons to control what happens to them.”
Advance Directives: Two Newer Approaches
June 28, 2012
Gallo and colleagues reported that most physicians completed an advance directive (AD) following enactment of the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990, which required most health care facilities to inform adult patients about their right to execute an AD.
Update on Trichotillomania
May 14, 2012
Despite its occurrence in up to 3.4% of adults, hair–pulling disorder or trichotillomania (TTM) is often under-diagnosed and inappropriately treated, according to a panel of experts presenting at the recent APA meeting.
On the Efficacy of Psychiatric Drugs
April 3, 2012
In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Harvard psychologist Irving Kirsch, PhD, commented, “the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people.”
Refeeding Regimens for Anorexia Challenged
February 8, 2012
A new study examining conventional “start low, go slow” nutrition replenishment protocols for hospitalized patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) that have been recommended by professional organizations and it's outcomes.
The Cannabis-Psychosis Link
January 12, 2012
The evidence suggests that cannabis is associated with an increased risk of psychosis when it is used frequently.
A Synapse Darkly: Psychiatry at a Critical Juncture
December 16, 2011
It would seem that the fluctuating boundaries of many mental disorders will continue to be debated until we devote sufficient time and attention to developing improved, scientifically valid and reliable methods of testing and effectively treating mental disease.
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.