Psychiatric Times Vol 18 No 7

Who Is Funding Comparative Drug Trials?

August 01, 2001

With an increasing number of drugs in the pipeline, the efficacy and safety of drug trials become even more important. Who are the various entities sponsoring these trials, and what are their goals?

National Plan To Reduce Suicide Rate Unveiled

July 01, 2001

On May 3, U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., launched a national plan to reduce the suicide rate in the United States. A collaborative effort by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention maps out 11 goals and provides a blueprint for action on those goals.

Commentary: The Prescription Jihad

July 01, 2001

The great debate over whether to allow psychologists to have prescribing privileges continues. What is ultimately the best for the patient's well-being? Ali Hashmi, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist from Arkansas, tells both sides to this story, and offers his opinion on the matter.

An Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration

July 01, 2001

There are three types of integration practiced by psychotherapists: Common Factors, Assimilative Integration and Theoretical Integration. How do they differ from each other, and how does psychotherapy integration differ from an eclectic approach to therapy?

Treating the Whole Patient

July 01, 2001

In addition to improving patients' emotional well-being, aggressive treatment of psychiatric illnesses such as depression can substantially increase patients' cognitive functioning and even decrease mortality. A growing number of psychiatrists and other medical doctors are joining forces to create integrated care settings where the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders occurs alongside that of physical illness.

PET Scans Compare Effects of Drug Treatment and Talk Therapy

July 01, 2001

Can brain scans show a difference between drug therapy and psychotherapy? A researcher at University of California at Los Angeles uses positron emission tomography to observe the difference in brain changes between these two types of treatment for major depression.

Use of Fiction in Therapy

July 01, 2001

Since adolescent patients often retreat into fantasy worlds of their own making, they can be difficult to treat. Psychotherapists can create a common fantasy world for successful group therapy with the use of popular fiction books, television series and movies.