Psychiatric Times Vol 16 No 11

The Internet as Practice Extender

November 01, 1999

In the early 1960s, the Internet was born out of the idea of a "Galactic Network." By the late 1980s, technology had advanced to allow for computer-based exchange of scientific information between academic and research institutes. From these humble beginnings, the Internet has experienced explosive growth in the last five years, evolving into a powerful global information resource and new media format unto itself. Psychiatrists can now reap the full benefit of this fast-paced evolution to extend the reach of their medical practice.

NCDEU Report Part II: Research Methods Considered at NCDEU

November 01, 1999

The methodology of clinical trials was as much of interest as the trial results for investigators gathered at the 39th annual NCDEU (New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit) Program meeting. This meeting was conducted in June by the National Institute of Mental Health in Boca Raton, Fla.

Peer Consultation Builds Camaraderie, Expertise

November 01, 1999

When Colorado psychiatrist Ann Seig, M.D., wrestled with erotic transference and countertransference issues, she didn't have to struggle alone. Seig's feeling of "stark terror" signaled "a need to talk to someone" about this troublesome case. She brought her concerns to her peer consultation group, where colleagues helped her discern how issues in her private life were contributing to the countertransference.

NAPHS Data Show Closures Slowing and Diversification

November 01, 1999

The pace of psychiatric hospital closings has slowed, and specialty psychiatric hospitals are diversifying their services to include a range of behavioral health treatment settings, according to data recently released by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS).

NCDEU Report Part II: Research Methods Considered at NCDEU

November 01, 1999

The methodology of clinical trials was as much of interest as the trial results for investigators gathered at the 39th annual NCDEU (New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit) Program meeting. This meeting was conducted in June by the National Institute of Mental Health in Boca Raton, Fla.

Do We Need Psychiatrists?

November 01, 1999

For a couple of years, I have been a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP). I guess many of us carry this need to belong from our adolescent years. It always felt good for me to be a part of a professional group, sharing the same interests, united by special education and knowledge. How wrong of me!

Ground Lost: The False Memory/Recovered Memory Therapy Debate

November 01, 1999

The recovered memory debate has been the most acrimonious, vicious and hurtful internal controversy in the history of modern psychiatry. From its very beginning in the late 1980s, it has been more an "ad hominem" war, appealing to feelings and prejudices, rather than a matter of reasoned professional disagreement.

Obtaining Medical Research Grants

November 01, 1999

The fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget for National Institutes of Health funding totals more than $15 billion. This figure reflects an increase of 15% over the FY 1998 budget and is $320 million less than President Clinton's requested budget for FY 2000 (Varmus, 1999). The Foundation Center reports the funding from U.S. grant-making foundations in 1998 as $15.4 billion from independent foundations, $2.37 billion from corporate foundations and $1.48 billion from community foundations (Foundation Center, 1999). Additional funds are available from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has a $3.95 billion budget request for FY 2000, up almost 6% from FY 1999 (NSF, 1999). With all of this available funding, how can medical clinicians and researchers increase their chances of obtaining a medical grant?

Occupational Psychiatrists Foster Healthier Workplaces

November 01, 1999

A national company has chosen final candidates for a new group of regional manager positions. Even though the firm likes its choices, it wants an outside opinion to assess those candidates' leadership and management skills and make suggestions for their executive development.

Patients Versus Therapists: Legal Actions Over Recovered Memory Therapy

November 01, 1999

The debate over the accuracy of memories of childhood sex abuse that are recovered decades later, usually during the course of therapy, has led to the polarization of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. There are those who claim that -recovered memories are, in the main, accurate, and there are others who believe that most, if not all, recovered memories are false.

A Patient With Panic Disorder Abetted by a Dependent Personality

November 01, 1999

By the time I interviewed Robyn in the emergency room, her panic attack had all but passed. But this 21-year-old woman was still shaken and tearful. This was her first panic attack, and she did not know what hit her. She thought she was having a heart attack. She had a tight feeling in her chest, she was hyperventilating. Her fingers and feet were numb and tingling. She experienced what she called a "closing in feeling." Robyn thought she was going to die.