Editors' choices of noteworthy psychiatry blogs, CMEs, research studies, cases, and books from around the Web.
The following is a list of editors' choices of noteworthy articles published in February. Mentions are not endorsements.Sources:Shrink Rap: Are There Ways to Lessen the Violation That People Feel After Psychiatric Hospitalizations?Shrinks: The Untold Story of PsychiatryDelusional and Aggressive, While Playing the LotteryA Practical Update on Neuroimaging for Psychiatric DisordersTears of Ishtar: Women's Mental Health in IraqNeuroanatomical Characteristics Associated With Response to Dorsal Anterior Cingulotomy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Shrink Rap author Dinah Miller, MD, writes that she wonders if giving patients a chance to talk about the distress of their hospitalizations and celebrate the achievements they've made in treatment might make inpatient care a better experience.Shrink Rap: Are There Ways to Lessen the Violation That People Feel After Psychiatric Hospitalizations?
Though not an “article” per se, this book, with a release date of March 10, is certainly worth mentioning. Former President of the American Psychiatric Association (2014), Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, writes about psychiatry, complete with "shocking" case studies that may justify what some consider a questionable and tragic history.Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
From Current Psychiatry: A 78-year-old patient, whose symptoms include disrupted sleep, delusions, verbal and physical aggression, frequent purchases of lottery tickets, no psychiatric history. Written by Muhammad Rehan Puri, MD, MPH, and Suhey Franco, MD.Delusional and Aggressive, While Playing the Lottery
In this CME, Authors Robin A. Hurley, MD, Shiv Patel, MD, and Katherine Taber, PhD review which neuroimaging tests are appropriate for which psychiatric patient-and when.A Practical Update on Neuroimaging for Psychiatric Disorders
From Lancet Psychiatry: Maha S. Younis, PhD, writes that conflicts in the Middle East "have had a serious effect on women in Iraq, yet mental health services are generally inadequate . . . 44% of psychiatric outpatient visits are by women, and many more women seek help from faith healers or primary care clinics for minor psychological problems."Tears of Ishtar: Women's Mental Health in Iraq
Results from a study on OCD by Garrett P. Banks, BS, Charles B. Mikell, MD, Brett E. Youngerman, MD, et al show “that the variability seen in individual responses to a highly consistent, stereotyped procedure may be due to neuroanatomical variation in the patients. Furthermore, these variations may allow us to predict which patients are most likely to respond to cingulotomy, thereby refining our ability to individualize this treatment for refractory psychiatric disorders.”Neuroanatomical Characteristics Associated With Response to Dorsal Anterior Cingulotomy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder