Psychiatric Times Vol 20 No 13

Employment Programs Help Patients With Mental Illnesses Succeed

December 01, 2003

It's often believed--even by mental health care professionals--that people with mental illnesses could be employed in low-level jobs. Studies and demonstration projects have shown, however, that these individuals can sustain employment in high-level positions with the proper training and support.

On the Hunt for Breakthrough Therapies

December 01, 2003

There may be exciting new treatments for psychiatric disorders in the coming years due to advances in genetic testing. However, the increased cost of drug development and the current regulatory climate has had a chilling effect on taking risks and pursuing novel strategies.

Managed Care's Role in Caring for Suicidal Patients

December 01, 2003

The current climate of managed care has dramatically changed how psychiatrists deal with the issue of suicide. What should clinicians know, both about the safety and welfare of their patients and to protect themselves legally, when dealing with managed care companies in cases of potential suicidality?

Suicidal Self-Injurious Behavior in People With BPD

December 01, 2003

Unlike other forms of self-injury, suicidal self-injury has special meaning, particularly in the context of borderline personality disorder. How is suicidal self-injury differentiated from non-suicidal self-injury in these patients, and how can their behavior be properly assessed and treated?

The Relationship of Suicide Risk to Family History of Suicide and Psychiatric Disorders

December 01, 2003

Two of the most prevalent risk factors for suicide are family history of suicide and family history of psychiatric illness. Are these factors independent of each other? What role does genetics play? How can research in this area assist prevention programs?