Psychiatric Times Vol 18 No 2

APA Meeting Highlights New Research

February 01, 2001

Because there is intense pressure by managed care to shorten the hospital stay for patients with anorexia nervosa, there is a need for partial-hospitalization treatment programs. Since patients gain an average of 0.5 lbs/week to 1.5 lbs/week in these less-monitored programs, as opposed to 2 lbs/week to 3 lbs/week in the inpatient behavioral specialty programs, Angela S. Guarda, M.D., and colleagues (Symposium 21B) described components that would improve the partial treatment program.

The Domestication of the Truth

February 01, 2001

Two studies of patients who switched from Clozaril to generic clozapine are being evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine whether the rating of the generic drug as bioequivalent (AB) to the brand-reference drug should be reconsidered and whether additional bioavailability assessment should be undertaken.

Honors

February 01, 2001

On Dec. 15, 2000, Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.; Paul Gray, M.D.; Arnold Richards, M.D.; and Arthur Valenstein, M.D., were presented with the Mary S. Sigourney Award for their outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis. This award recognizes past significant contributions to the field of psychoanalysis and is presented in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world on a rotating three-year cycle.

Is Pathological Gambling Really a Problem?-You Bet!

February 01, 2001

With more and more Americans engaging in gambling activities, odds are high that psychiatrists may see patients who have some sort of gambling problem. What can be done about this problem, and how can these patients best be treated?

Drugs, Crime and Race

February 01, 2001

America's policy regarding illegal drugs has been accused of being a failure and being racially biased against blacks and other minorities. The author asserts that while drugs and crime exist in all parts of the society, problem-generating drug use and serious crime are indeed concentrated among the urban poor, some of whom are black. He further explores what this disproportionate drug-related suffering means when it comes to the provision of addiction treatment, law enforcement resources and other responses to the problems spawned by addiction.

Investigating Addiction Responses and Relapses

February 01, 2001

This article presents addictive behavior as a chronic illness rather than an acute illness. Studies of characteristics and treatment of addiction, similar to that of other chronic illnesses, are discussed.

FDA Confronts Possible Generic Inequivalence

February 01, 2001

Despite assertions by the manufacturers of generic clozapine that their products are equivalent to Clozapine, two new studies presented at the 2000 APA meeting have raised questions about the drugs' assessment ratings.

Trying To Solve the Prescription Drug Abuse Equation

February 01, 2001

Results from the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse show significant increases in rates of prescription drug abuse. Other surveys show similar findings. An overview of the most commonly abused drugs and suggestions for preventing abuse are reviewed.

Addiction and the Eating Disorders

February 01, 2001

Although comprehensive theories of addiction recognize the etiological importance of environmental and cognitive factors, it has been widely accepted for many years that addiction is also a brain disease and that individuals differ in their susceptibility to this condition.