Psychiatric Times Vol 21 No 12

Sexuality and Psychiatry in the 21st Century

October 01, 2004

Is sexual research still an orphan as far as recognition and funding? Yes. Yet sex and sexuality issues affect the quality of each person's life. As the articles in this Sex & Sexuality bonus issue show, sexual health remains in the physician's domain in this millennium and beyond.

Hypersexuality in Children With Mania: Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Presentation

October 01, 2004

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children remains controversial. One of the more disturbing facets of its presentation in such young patients is the presence of hypersexual behavior. How can these behaviors be differentiated from the effects of abuse and other psychiatric disorders?

Experts Publish Sexual Dysfunction Guidelines

October 01, 2004

Underdiagnosis of sexual dysfunction occurs frequently, even though more than two out of five adult women and one out of five adult men experience it in their lifetime. To increase recognition and care of sexual dysfunction, multidisciplinary teams of medical experts recently published diagnostic algorithms and treatment guidelines that include comprehensive psychosocial assessments, sexual histories, and discussions of selected psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies.

The Closet: Psychological Issues of Being In and Coming Out

October 01, 2004

Homosexual identities can be described as closeted, homosexually self aware, gay/ lesbian and non-gay identified. This classification privileges the role of self-definition. In coming out, gay people integrate, as best as they can, dissociated aspects of the self. As gay people must decide on a daily basis whether to reveal and to whom they will reveal, coming out is a process that never ends.

Headache and Psychiatric Comorbidity

November 01, 2004

Migraine affects approximately 12% of the population, and a high percentage of these patients have comorbid psychiatric disorders. Knowing more about the interaction between headache and psychiatric factors can assist in evaluating and treating these patients.

Prostitution Is Sexual Violence

October 01, 2004

Despite the image presented in films, books and television, prostitution places women and children at high risk for PTSD and other comorbid disorders. What experiences lead to this life?