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.
CALLING ALL RESIDENTS!
Psychiatric Times has contacted many of the nation’s leading psychiatrists to answer the following question: “What is the best advice you would give to a psychiatry resident?” In the series, you will find advice from psychiatrists who span the gamut of experience: clinicians to researchers to administrators, psychotherapists to psychopharmacologists, outpatient to inpatient, child to adult. It is our hope that you will find the advice practical as well as inspiring. Please check back each month to read from another Master Psychiatrist.
The most recent contributor is Dr Sharon Packer, author of several books and a psychiatrist in private practice.
Howard Forman, MD
Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr Forman is a regular contributor to the Psychiatric Times Residents Blog at www.psychiatrictimes.com/blog/residents-corner. He is the Book Review Editor for Psychiatric Times.
6 Ways for Psychiatry Residents to Find Their Niche
Sharon Packer, MD
, April 9, 2013
Carve out a career in the area of psychiatry that interests you. If you’re drawn to specialized topics, such as atypical bipolar disorder, club drugs, glutamate transporters, or genetic links to autism, then pursue those avenues. Here, advice to psychiatry residents.
Tomorrow’s Psychiatrists, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Darrell G. Kirch, MD
, October 17, 2012
The President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges outlines the reasons psychiatrists are well positioned to lead in this emerging culture of medicine.
Psychiatry Residents: Best of Luck!
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
, August 3, 2012
In this Masters Series contribution to the Resident's Corner, the author writes that he made a deliberate choice to give up pediatrics for psychiatry. When he was a psychiatry resident, his mentor told him, “You should pick a field on the frontier.” Now he offers his insight for early career psychiatrists.
The Loman Family’s Lessons for the Young Psychiatrist
April 18, 2012
After seeing Death of a Salesman on Broadway, I knew I had seen something extraordinary—but it was only after a few days’ separation from the performance when my mind cleared and my emotions settled that I realized 2 of the reasons that made me very appreciative to see this play as a young psychiatrist.
New Guidelines Shake Up Treatment of Agitation
March 27, 2012
Agitated individuals—defined as displaying “excessive verbal and/or motor behavior”—can be loud, disruptive, hostile, sarcastic, threatening, or hyperactive, even combative. Here, Dr Zeller discusses new patient-centered interventions for agitation, endorsed as part of new, comprehensive Best Practices guidelines.
Inpatient Psychiatry: The Interpretation of Changing Scenery
March 16, 2012
Recently our inpatient psychiatric unit moved into a brand new facility. In the months and weeks preceding “the move,” there was much preparation and nervous energy. We had been preparing our patients and ourselves for this day. “
Tell Me Something
March 9, 2012
He wasn’t the first person I met days before I was to start my psychiatric residency, but as I walked about in my new city, he caught my attention much more than most. As psychiatrists, we typically assume that we will hear the inside stories, even if in bits and pieces, that will help us better understand and help patients. But perhaps we are too expectant . . .
Would a Diagnostic Label Improve Your Rx For These Children?
February 14, 2012
Each of the boys in question could meet criteria for the DSM-5 proposed criteria for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). But do you think that these presentations are all the same syndrome that share a similar neurobiological basis, family history, and response to treatment?
“Photo-Therapy:” A Promising Intervention in Anorexia Nervosa?
January 11, 2012
We now communicate in ways that are very different from those available just a decade ago. The iPhone, iPad, and similar devices also enable us to observe ourselves as we perform any number of activities. These and other new devices may have an application their designers never considered.
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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?
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.