Editors' picks from stories in mental health.
Â A compilation of editors' picks of noteworthy articles published in June, in order of category. Mentions are not endorsements.Sources:AgingDementia Shouldn't Mean the End of SexCaseAdvanced DementiaCommentaryFor Caitlyn, Coming Out Is Only the BeginningEnd of LifeThe Death TreatmentNewsCharleston Massacre: Mental Illness Common Thread for Mass Shootings#PTSDAwarenessMonthPsychopharmacologic Treatment of Dissociative Fugue and PTSD in an Ethiopian RefugeeTo view the slides in PDF format, click here.For last month's Roundup, click here.
AgingDementia Shouldn't Mean the End of Sex
Dr Pies, Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, writes: "Sexuality is a topic that makes many people uncomfortable, even in the best of circumstances. When a patient with dementia is involved, the stakes might be higher."
This case of an 89-year-old nursing home patient with Alzheimer disease outlines the subtleties of advanced dementia, a leading cause of death in the US.
CommentaryFor Caitlyn, Coming Out Is Only the Beginning
A conversation about the subtleties of gender identity that quells the stigma that continues to scar those in the LGBT community: “Ultimately, it may help to liberate into pride the many transgender people who have lived for decades in the shadows of guilt, shame, and prejudice.”
End of LifeThe Death Treatment
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium for patients afflicted with incurable illnesses (including mental disorders).
NewsCharleston Massacre: Mental Illness Common Thread for Mass Shootings
Like it or not, after yet another tragic mass shooting, the collective finger points at a failed mental health system: “If history is any indication, the shooter most likely has a history of severe mental health issues that have either gone untreated or undiagnosed.”
#PTSDAwarenessMonthPsychopharmacologic Treatment of Dissociative Fugue and PTSD in an Ethiopian Refugee
The case of a patient from Ethiopia with long-standing PTSD and dissociative symptoms including fugue, who responded to a combination of medications over a brief period.