Psychiatric Times Vol 19 No 2

Remembering Your Smile

February 01, 2002

While there is still time before memory begins its long revision, I want to preserve the way you looked the night of my fiftieth birthday when the band played Not Fade Away. You stood with your hand held tight on the center pole of the tent and leaned toward me on stage, your body dying and rocking to the music, your round face creased in that generous smile I always loved, lips curled high at the corners, eyes narrowed to sharpen he focus of your joy.

Who Is Covered Under State Parity Laws?

February 01, 2002

Will insurance coverage for mental health care ever equal that of physical health care? Until the federal government takes a stand, many states are implementing new laws or revising old ones to help level the grounds. However, with the states' options ranging from full parity to mandated offering and the option to base coverage on type of mental illness, equal mental health care coverage is still left on shaky grounds.

The Genetic Basis of Addiction

February 01, 2002

While progress in identifying the specific genetic variations that help determine an individual's vulnerability to addiction has been slow, a great deal has been uncovered about delineating the role that numerous genes and their protein products play in mediating the development of addiction.

Contingency Management in Addiction Treatment

February 01, 2002

Contingency management provides tangible reinforcement to modify patients' behaviors and has been found to reduce substance abuse across a number of clinical populations and settings. What types of tangible reinforcements are most effective?

MDMA and Ecstasy

February 01, 2002

Although there are numerous media accounts of the detrimental effects of the drug Ecstasy, there may also be some clinical uses in the treatment of PTSD. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever clinical trial of MDMA since it was banned in 1988. An expert in the field discusses what psychiatrists need to know about the popular "rave" drug and the compound's use as a therapeutic tool.

Psychotherapy After Mohamed Atta

February 01, 2002

Psychodynamic concepts such as the Self and the collective unconscious are helpful in understanding "our millennial event"3/4Sept. 11, 2001. Because it aims to help patients become aware of and free themselves from social contexts, psychotherapy may be more useful than ever.

Special Considerations in the Treatment of Traumatized Patients

February 01, 2002

Treating traumatized patients requires special care so that both therapist and patient can benefit from the relationship. How can therapists facilitate this care, and what can they do to keep themselves healthy while treating such patients?

EEG Neurofeedback for Treating Psychiatric Disorders

February 01, 2002

Neurofeedback, a way for patients to learn to create and maintain desirable brainwaves, may be an affective adjunct therapy for many psychiatric disorders. Which procedures are most effective, and what are the benefits and risks?

EEG Neurofeedback for Treating Psychiatric Disorders

February 01, 2002

Neurofeedback, also called electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback or neurotherapy, is an adjunctive treatment used for psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and affective disorders, autism, and addictive disorders (Moore, 2000; Rosenfeld, 2000; Trudeau, 2000).

Does Marijuana Withdrawal Syndrome Exist?

February 01, 2002

The question of whether a clinically significant marijuana (cannabis) withdrawal syndrome exists remains controversial. In spite of the mounting clinical and preclinical evidence suggesting that such a syndrome exists, the DSM-IV does not include marijuana withdrawal as a diagnostic category.