Co-Occurring Mania and ADHD in Youths

June 03, 2014

Evidence suggests that co-occurrence with ADHD is a marker of preadolescent-onset mania. This slideshow provides some evidence for you to decide whether this form of very early-onset mania represents a developmental subtype of the disorder.

Natural Products Used to Treat Depressed Mood as Monotherapies and Adjuvants to Antidepressants

September 23, 2013

Most persons who use CAM modalities to self-treat a mental health problem take prescription antidepressants concurrently. Combined use can result in serious supplement-drug interactions.

The Role of Biological Tests in Psychiatric Diagnosis

May 23, 2013

"Psychiatric diagnosis is certainly imperfect -- but so is much of diagnosis throughout medicine. And whatever the current limitations, psychiatric diagnosis is useful and essential. There are no 'paradigm shifts possible til we learn a lot more. To imply otherwise is misleading and confusing to patients."

Will Your Clinical Records Support You in Court?

May 21, 2013

A clinician’s notes and clinical records should document and defend treatment decisions, and are the best defense in court. Here: 3 key things every patient record should include.

DSM-5 Won’t Solve the Overdiagnosis Problem-But Clinicians Can

May 09, 2013

With DSM-5, one more examination of bipolar diagnosis is warranted. After all, if a diagnosis is inaccurate, treatment efforts, however well-intentioned, may misfire.

Lamotrigine for Major Depressive Disorder Is Inappropriate

April 12, 2013

Lamotrigine is an important option in bipolar disorders. However, many clinicians also use it in patients with a (unipolar) depressive disorder who have not responded adequately to conventional antidepressants.

Update on Adolescent Mood Disorders

January 23, 2013

In line with adolescents' interest in interactive video games, a computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention that is an interactive fantasy game for depressed adolescents has been developed.

Update on the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

November 06, 2012

There are many rapidly effective treatments for mania in bipolar disorder. However, there are relatively few options for bipolar depression, and none that are rapidly effective-even though bipolar depression constitutes between 20% to 50% of all depressive disorders.