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Here are highlights from the week in Psychiatric Times.
The Week in Review: June 3-7

June 8th 2024

Here are highlights from the week in Psychiatric Times.

The study aims to collect data to optimize the design of the treatment’s upcoming phase 3 clinical trial.
First Patient Dosed in Pharmacokinetics Study of AD04 for Alcohol Use Disorder

June 5th 2024

How effective are these agents for AUD treatment? An expert shares highlights from his 2024 ASCP Annual Meeting Pharmaceutical Pipeline Update presentation.
An Update on GLP-1 Receptor Agonists as Pharmacotherapies for AUD

June 5th 2024

An analysis presented at the ASCP Annual Meeting explored the safety and tolerability of the treatment for alcohol and tobacco use disorders.
Efficacy of Semaglutide for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

May 29th 2024

Which is the best recommendation for the treatment of alcohol use disorder?
Abstinence vs Drinking in Moderation

May 3rd 2024

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The Best Film of 2008? Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York

October 3rd 2009

Synecdoche, New York, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, was greeted with Best Film of the Year from critics and catcalls from moviegoers. It is a film that only someone like Psychiatric Times’ Editor in Chief, Dr Ron Pies, could fully understand (ie, a psychiatrist who knows about arcane neuroscience and literature). The problems start with the title. Most people have no idea what “synecdoche” means or how to pronounce it. Looking it up is not much help. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a figure [of speech] by which a comprehensive term is used for a less comprehensive or vice versa, as whole for part or part for whole, genus for species or species for genus, etc.” The commentary adds to the confusion: “Formerly sometimes used loosely or vaguely, and not infrequently misexplained.” No matter. Most critics did not explain it anyway, emphasizing instead its pronunciation-si-NECK-doh-kee-which sort of rhymes with Schenectady (sken-ECK-tuh-dee), where the film “seems” to be set. They outdid each other, too, in their praise of the film, while being surprisingly candid about their inability to explain it. Roger Ebert called it “Joycean,” with the richness of literature. He enthused, “It’s about you. Whoever you are,” even though he conceded that he had not fully understood it. As for the ambiguity of the title, he advised readers to “get over it.”

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