Medicare-Proposed Standards for CMHCs Spotlight Psychiatrists’ Role on Treatment TeamSeptember 10th 2011
The proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) from Medicare for community mental health centers (CMHCs) could expand the role and responsibilities of psychiatrists both in and beyond Medicare facilities.
Debate: What’s the Evidence for the Evidence-Based Treatments of Depression?September 9th 2011
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, or antidepressants can be effective treatments for major depression-despite their minimal separation from placebo/control therapies in clinical trials. This article argues that their specific efficacy has not been established.
Misunderstanding Psychiatry (and Philosophy) at the Highest LevelSeptember 9th 2011
In my view, Dr Angell’s assertions reflect both a serious misunderstanding of psychiatric diagnosis, and-equally important-a failure to address the core philosophical issues involved in her use of the terms “subjective,” “objective,” “behaviors,” and “signs.”
Issues in Treating Anxiety Disorders in PregnancySeptember 7th 2011
Anxiety disorders are a frequent occurrence in pregnancy. While some worries and anxiety are experienced by more than 50% of pregnant women, a full-blown anxiety disorder involves risk to both mother and fetus and increases the risk of postpartum depression.
Exposure Therapy for Anxiety DisordersSeptember 6th 2011
Exposure-based therapies are highly effective for patients with anxiety disorders, to the extent that exposure should be considered a first-line, evidence-based treatment for such patients. In clinical practice, however, these treatments are underutilized, which highlights the need for additional dissemination and training.