Instrument Measures for Behavioral Symptoms in Patients With Dementia
February 15, 2013
Psychiatric disorders, such as primary sleep disturbances, depression, substance abuse, mania, sexually inappropriate behaviors, and psychosis, can complicate the care of patients with dementia. Here, we present common instruments for behavioral symptoms in dementia.
Tips for Treating Comorbid Depression and Anxiety
October 9, 2012
Comorbid depressive and anxiety disorders are commonly seen in both primary care and the specialty setting. Such comorbidity can present as major depression with subsyndromal anxiety symptoms or unipolar/bipolar depression with an anxiety disorder.
Management Strategies To Minimize Suicide Risk in Borderline Patients
September 10, 2012
Patients with borderline personality disorder can present with multiple crises and minor incidents of self-harm or threats, but determining when the actions are true cause for concern can be a challenge. This Tipsheet offers quick reference for clinicians.
Substance Abuse Screening in Patients With Anxiety Disorders
June 26, 2012
Substance use disorders (SUDs) occur significantly more often in patients with anxiety disorders than in the general population. How can clinicians reliably identify comorbid drug and alcohol use disorders? Here are concepts and screening tools for better detection and the ultimate safety of your patient.
Preventing Inpatient Suicide
May 23, 2012
Inpatient suicides are viewed as the most avoidable and preventable because they occur in close proximity to staff. Early in the admission is a clear high-risk period, but risk declines more slowly for some patients. Included here are factors that may guide the clinician in treating these at-risk patients.
Why an Incest Victim May "Forget" the Unforgettable
May 15, 2012
Few circumstances confront the psychiatrist with more complex, painful, and potentially problematic clinical dilemmas and challenges than the treatment of the incest victim. Here are some factors that may lead to memory of a trauma becoming inaccessible or withheld by a patient.
Hoarding: If You Suspect a Child Lives With a Hoarder
April 13, 2012
Awareness about hoarding is sparking an outpouring of concern for its effect on families—especially children. Here are sample questions to ask children if you suspect he or she lives with a hoarder.