Introduction: A Biopsychosocial Model of CareNovember 28th 2014
The past decade has been an exciting one for the field of psychosomatic medicine. It has been recognized as a specialty and now has a certification examination. In this Special Report, we discuss some of the approaches that are being taken to special populations within the psychosomatic medicine community.
Brief Psychotherapy at the Bedside: Existential Neuroscience to Mobilize Assertive CopingNovember 28th 2014
For severely ill patients, understanding the neurobiological underpinning of assertive coping provides an additional map for rapid assessment, formulation, and intervention to bolster assertive coping.
Transplant Psychiatry: Issues for CliniciansNovember 28th 2014
The role of transplant psychiatrists is to assess both transplant and donor candidates to determine capacity to consent to the surgery, recent stressors and coping skills, social supports and availability of caregivers, and whether there are psychological or substance abuse issues that would affect outcomes.
Art Therapy in a Patient With Bipolar Disorder: Pictures Speak More Than a Thousand WordsNovember 25th 2014
Here: the case of a woman with bipolar disorder who was admitted for aggressive behavior and nonadherence to medications. Art therapy and pharmacotherapy played a pivotal role in her recovery.
Controversies of Using Buprenorphine for Maintenance in Opioid DependencyNovember 19th 2014
The use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence is on the rise. However, buprenorphine withdrawal has its own withdrawal symptoms that in many cases can be as severe as symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
New Federal BRAIN Research Discoveries Are Targeted to Improve Clinical PracticeNovember 17th 2014
Although the early focus of the NIH component of the BRAIN Initiative is on tool development, the examples listed in this article show that these tools will have relevance to practicing clinicians within the lifetime of the Initiative.
The Psychiatrist, the Aliens, and “Going Native”November 14th 2014
After years of working with troubled individuals claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrials, Harvard University Professor John Mack published a book. What made Mack and the book so controversial was the fact that he had come to accept that his patients’ stories were an accurate description of real events.
Suicide Prevention in Diverse Populations: A Systems and Readiness Approach for Emergency SettingsNovember 3rd 2014
In the US, suicide is a leading cause of death, ranking third among youths aged 15 to 24. Rates of suicide attempts and death are highest among US Pacific Island indigenous youths. Emergency departments play a key role in suicide prevention, especially in this and other minority populations.