Psychiatric Times Vol 23 No 7

Happy Endings

June 01, 2006

Every young woman who reads Pride and Prejudice imagines herself as the heroine, Elizabeth. Can a male director who confesses a lack of literary influences create a faithful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved work?

Eating Disorders in Schizophrenia

June 01, 2006

Eating disorders in patients with schizophrenia have been underappreciated and poorly studied. Profiling characteristic phenotypic patterns will help clarify the distinctions among eating behaviors that are part of the spectrum of schizophrenia, those that represent distinct coexistent entities, and those that represent overlapping comorbidity.

BasicNeeds: Helping the Mentally Ill Live Productively

June 01, 2006

BasicNeeds is a program in developing countries that works with individuals with mental illness or epilepsy, their families, and their communities to establish accessible treatment programs, satisfy basic needs, and reduce social marginalization and stigma.

Emotional Maltreatment of Children: Relationship to Psychopathology

June 01, 2006

Emotional maltreatment is of two major types: emotional abuse and emotional neglect. While emotional abuse is easier to identify, emotional neglect is subtler, possibly more damaging, and poses even more challenging barriers to definition and study.

Do Physicians Use Practice Guidelines?

June 01, 2006

Clinical practice guidelines, produced by various professional organizations and academic institutions, are usually considered the best practices for clinical care. But how do physicians use guidelines, and what factors influence their use?

Infectious Agents in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

June 01, 2006

The idea that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder might be caused by infection is not new. New research on infectious agents in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has implications for psychiatric clinicians.

The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Liability in Third-Party Evaluations for Civil Litigation

June 01, 2006

Psychiatrists often believe they are protected from liability when conducting third-party evaluations in civil litigation. However, the nature of the physician-patient relationship and the issue of associated liability is not that straightforward.

Effects of Stress on Family Caregivers: Recognition and Management

June 01, 2006

Caregivers may face years of continuous exposure to physical and psychosocial demands with burdens that can include physical, psychological, social, and financial problems; embarrassment; overload; and resentment.

Measuring Outcome in Psychiatric Private Practice Using Outpatient Self-Reports

June 01, 2006

Increased demand for accountability is requiring more clinicians to supplement their judgments of patient outcome with standardized and objective protocols. The protocol outlined here is a model or jumping-off point for outcome evaluation.

Childhood Adversities Associated With Risk for Suicidal Behavior

June 01, 2006

Childhood adversities associated with suicide risk include childhood maltreatment, problematic family relationships, socioeconomic hardship, and difficult relationships with peers. Acute suicide prevention strategies should focus on the treatment of contributory psychiatric disorders and on the crises that may precipitate suicidal behavior.

Stress and the Psychiatrist: An Introduction

June 01, 2006

Defining "stress" and how it is expressed and managed in both psychiatrists and patients is a difficult proposition. This Special Report focuses on stress and the middle ground between the impulse to say there is no such thing as “stress” and the tendency to describe many explicit addressable issues under the monolithic term "stress."

Psychiatric and Societal Impacts of Terrorism

June 01, 2006

The impact of terrorism reaches many aspects of health and health care: acute and chronic symptoms of anxiety and depression, changes in health-related behaviors, and long-term strain and tension.

Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Adults

June 01, 2006

Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, neurologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health care professionals. Continuing medical education credit is available for most specialties. To determine if this article meets the continuing education requirements for your specialty, please contact your state licensing board.