Psychiatric Times Vol 20 No 2

Psychiatric Experts Provide 'Answers' During Sniper Saga, But at What Cost?

February 01, 2003

While fear stirred the nation during the Washington, D.C.-area sniper episodes, some members of the media were irresponsible in their analysis of the sniper's motives. Has this confirmed the general public's false belief that mental illness is linked to violence?

Exploring Group Therapies

February 01, 2003

Groups are important throughout the course of a patient's therapy, especially for patients who have substance use disorders. Group therapy's clinical and cost benefit is evaluated for its efficacy in preventing and treating substance abuse.

Chronic Opioid Treatment, Addiction and Pseudo-Addiction in Patients With Chronic Pain

February 01, 2003

Although patients taking opioids for chronic pain may sometimes appear to display addictive behaviors, addiction may not be the case. How can you tell if addiction is the problem or if inadequate pain control is to blame?

Issues in the Recovery of Physicians From Addictive Illnesses

February 01, 2003

When physicians struggle with substance use disorders, physician health programs are an important source of information and support. Certain medical specialties are at higher risk for substance use disorders than are others, and drugs of choice vary by specialty. Physician health and patient safety must be considered, but colleagues can help.

Combined Therapy Shows Promise for PTSD

February 01, 2003

Combination treatment with both a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy may be more effective than either treatment alone for this debilitating and often chronic disorder.