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Quiz on Major Depressive Disorder
September 17, 2012
What are the advantages of adjunctive benzodiazepine therapy in comorbid depression and anxiety? Which therapy has the strongest evidence base for treating patients with late-life depression? These and more in this quiz.
Borderline Personality Disorder Quiz
July 9, 2012
Are patients with borderline personality disorder at a significantly increased risk for suicide when in the angry victim state? This question and more in this quiz.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
By Susannah Cahalan; New York: Free Press; 2012
288 pages • $25 (hardcover) • Reviewed by Janella Hong, MD
, 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.
Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment of Bariatric Patients
Reviewed by Richard L. Shriner, MD and Mark S. Gold, MD
Edited by James E. Mitchell and Martina de Zwaan; New York: Taylor & Francis Group; 2012 • 285 pages • $36.96 (hardcover)
, April 10, 2013
This book draws together the entire spectrum of the relevant psychosocial dimensions and data necessary to adequately assist in the evaluation and treatment of patients who may be candidates for bariatric surgery.
Sports Psychiatry and the Super Bowl Champs
Howard J. Forman, MD
, February 8, 2013
The team psychiatrist for Super Bowl Champs, the Baltimore Ravens, draws on his own professional career of working with athletes of all ages and levels and provides a comprehensive presentation of the literature in the emerging field of sports psychiatry.
Silver Linings Sometimes Come in Pill Bottles
Howard Forman, MD
, November 29, 2012
This story of a man's struggle with bipolar disorder does not romanticize mental illness. Medication compliance does place him squarely within the spectrum of imperfection which includes us all, whether or not we carry a DSM diagnosis.
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
Reviewed by Howard Forman, MD
, July 3, 2012
Importantly for lay and clinician readers alike, the book Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety reads as humor-laced triumph with many lost battles along the way rather than enduring unrelenting tragedy.
Practical Guide to Correctional Mental Health and the Law
Reviewed by Robert L. Trestman, PhD, MD
, June 28, 2012
Detailed, thoughtful descriptions throughout a Practical Guide to Correctional Mental Health and the Law provide context and make this reference a realistic and practical resource.
Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope
Francis Mondimore, MD and Patrick Kelly, MD; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2011 • 320 pages • $45 (hardcover)
, April 3, 2012
Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope is one in a series being published by Johns Hopkins University Press on major psychiatric disorders.
A Dangerous Method
Alan A. Stone, MD
, April 2, 2012
David Cronenberg’s film "A Dangerous Method" tells the story of the relationship between Freud and Jung and a woman named Sabina who had a considerable influence on both of them.
Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work
Reviewed by Alexandra N. Helper, MD
, March 19, 2012
Structured around fictional case vignettes, this book presents the different pathways through which one enters the mental health system. Patients can better judge whether they are being offered the optimal treatment modality and can more effectively assess the stylistic match between themselves and their therapist.
History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life
Reviewed by Howard Forman, MD
, February 10, 2012
Mostly prose with effective inclusion of poetry, author Jill Bialosky adds an important survivor’s perspective in her book of her sister's suicide. To clinicians in particular, the book may serve as a window into the psychic lives of those left behind following a tragic end.
How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Heart of Growing Old
Reviewed by Brent P. Forester, MD
, December 6, 2011
In his book, How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Heart of Growing Old, Dr Marc Agronin helps reduce the stigma of ageism and provides clinical guidance for seasoned geriatric psychiatrists, primary care clinicians, and medical students alike.
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