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Jails That Masquerade as Psychiatric Hospitals
In the eyes of many, the current societal approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders cannot possibly be considered humane. More in this commentary.
“Designer Drug” Use and Abuse: Implications for Psychiatrists
Psychiatrists are urged to familiarize themselves with these new drugs and the typical presentations of patients who use them since implications of misdiagnosis can be far-reaching.
When Is It Justified to Force Treatment On Someone?
Ideology is much less important than common sense solutions. The mentally ill have many unmet needs and suffer from great and undeserved coercion.
Psychiatric Boarding: Averting Long Waits in Emergency Rooms
Emergency departments are often forced to hold patients who are acutely dangerous to themselves or others for long periods until an inpatient bed can be obtained.
Psychiatric Issues in the Somali Refugee Population
This article highlights several features of medical and social importance that are somewhat unique to the Somali refugee community in the US.
Lessons Learned in Residency: Working 5 to 9
A resident describes her experience in dealing with a potentially agitated patient.
Therapeutic Alliance in the Aftermath of an Emergency Crisis Visit
A therapeutic alliance can serve to build a trusting relationship between clinician and patient and increase the patient’s feelings of agency and autonomy.
Video: Expert on Domestic and Sexual Violence Discusses Support Services for Stalking Victims
Randi K. Bregman, LMSW, is the Executive Director of Vera House, Inc. (http://www.verahouse.org/). In this video, she talks about the impact of trauma and violence as defining forces in the lives of those who have been abused.
Assessing the Risk of Violence: Ask the Professor
In the second in his series of podcasts, Dr Phillip Resnick answers questions psychiatrists often ask about assessing the risk of violence.
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