Topiramate and Heavy Drinking: Implications for Personalized MedicineJune 30th 2014
Very few heavy drinkers receive treatment and fewer still are prescribed medications with demonstrated efficacy. Here, a summary of current research, key takeaways, and highlights from a study on topiramate treatment for heavy drinkers by the lead author of that study.
The Brave New World of Behavioral Therapies for Alcohol Use DisordersJune 30th 2014
In addition to the approval of novel medications for alcohol use disorders, the past several years have been marked by an emphasis on development, standardization, and dissemination of new behavioral therapies, including computer-based interventions.
Alcohol Use Disorders and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Pharmacological ManagementJune 30th 2014
There is increasing evidence and support for medications for alcohol use disorders to be used in regular clinical practice, and not to be limited to specialty substance abuse settings. Here, special considerations for pharmacological management.
Did 19th Century Physicians Think “Mental Disease” Was Merely a Metaphor?June 23rd 2014
A limited sampling presented here lends no support to Dr Thomas Szasz’s claim that 19th century physicians regarded the term “mental disease” as merely a figure of speech; on the contrary, several prominent physicians of this era recognized such conditions as both real and debilitating.
Update on Mood Disorders in Later LifeJune 17th 2014
Mood disorders in older adults are neither inevitable nor particularly resistant to treatment. With attention to the special needs of older patients during evaluation, treatment, and follow up, clinicians can help many patients derive greater enjoyment from their later years.
Medical Necessity Review: History, Innovation, and Missed OpportunityJune 17th 2014
Psychiatrists experience the impact of managed care perhaps most acutely during the utilization review process, which has become a standard tool for the review of treatment modalities and levels of service in the managed care environment.
Considering Edison’s Predictions: Prevention as the Next Frontier for PsychiatryJune 16th 2014
The authors emphasize the importance of risk and protective factors and risk prediction models; analyze the growing evidence base for preventive interventions; and describe the concept of mental health promotion.
Reforming Mental Health Care: How Ending “Recovered Memory” Treatments Brought Informed Consent to PsychotherapyJune 5th 2014
How the Repressed-Recovered Memory–Multiple Personality Disorder iatrogenic epidemic-surely one of the most tragic chapters in the history of psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy-ended, and how psychotherapy patients came to be protected by informed consent.
Science or Sales? The Evidence and Application of Brain Training GamesJune 2nd 2014
A discussion of computerized cognitive training programs with the most independent supportive research that demonstrates a previously unrecognized degree of neuroplasticity, or cognitive flexibility, in the brain.