Psychiatric Times Vol 28 No 1

Atypical Depression in the 21st Century: Diagnostic and Treatment Issues

November 20, 2012

Identification of atypical features is important in the treatment of depression for both treatment selection and prognosis, especially when initial measures prove ineffective. The concept of atypical depression has evolved over many years, and now it appears timely for a further revision.

Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment in Preschool Children

February 10, 2011

Expansion of age-appropriate developmental psycho-therapeutic services must become a top public health priority to make these treatments more widely available to young children and to capture the potential greater benefit of the earliest possible intervention for mental disorders.

Is Major Depression “Adaptive”?

February 10, 2011

. . . her fixed state is one of intent though fruitless searching. She is inactive not because she is too lazy to work but because work has become meaningless to her; her energy is paralyzed not by sleep but by thought.”

NIMH Shifts Focus to Molecular Origins of Mental Illness

February 10, 2011

NIMH is shifting away from current-generation treatments and toward preclinical drug development and early-phase clinical pharmacology, according to the institute’s director and a workgroup co-chair.

Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Second Most Controversial Medical Procedure

February 09, 2011

ECT, like abortion, is surrounded by controversy and strong opinions on both sides. Fortunately, for those of us who practice ECT, the discussion is not quite as heated nor the risks as high as for our colleagues in ob-gyn.

The Link Between Substance Abuse, Violence, and Suicide

January 21, 2011

Emerging research suggests that some individuals with particular types of substance use and abuse may be more likely to engage in suicidal behaviors. For example, those who use opiates, cocaine, or sedatives may have a noticeably higher risk of suicide than those who use other drugs.

Understanding and Overcoming the Myths of Suicide

January 20, 2011

What goes on in the minds of those who attempt suicide? Here: a psychologist who explores the myths that surround suicide notes "We need to get it in our heads that suicide is not easy, painless, cowardly, selfish, vengeful, self-masterful, nor rash."