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March 2004 News and Blog Posts (6)

The Effects of Age on Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Cognitive deficits are increasingly being recognized as a central feature of schizophrenia. Some impairments are present before the hallmark positive symptoms of the illness emerge (Cornblatt et al., 1999; Davidson et al., 1999), and moderate-to-severe impairments across many cognitive domains are detectable at the time of the first episode (Bilder et al., 2000; Saykin et al., 1994). Cognitive deficits appear to be largely consistent in severity across changes in clinical… Continue

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Anxiety in Patients With Respiratory Disorders: How to Help

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Q: What are the safest treatment options for anxiety in adults with chronic respiratory insufficiency? A: Anxiety is a common and troubling symptom in many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), even when their degree of respiratory impairment is only mild to moderate. Anxiety may also accompany other chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, such as interstitial fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, and a wide variety of other, less common diseases that are… Continue

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Anxiety Disorders:

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - CASE 1



The patient is a 23-year-old woman who comes to her primary care physician's office concerned about periodic difficulty in breathing. She thinks she may have asthma.



She first experienced an attack of dyspnea while she was attending a special 2-week educational program for the state's top high school students; it was held about 2 hours from her home. During her stay, she experienced an episode in which she suddenly felt she was unable to… Continue

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Is ECT an Ethical Treatment?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Although electroconvulsive therapy is widely considered a controversial therapy, it has survived for 70 years and usage has even increased. In Scandinavian countries, ECT is given on an equal footing with drugs and psychotherapy to psychiatric patients, while in the United States and some other European countries, there are social impediments to its use. As a consequence, patient suffering is prolonged, the cost of psychiatric care is increased and avoidable tragic deaths… Continue

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The Interface of Depression and Dementia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Depression and dementia are common in older people and their association is very complex. Major and minor depression occur often in patients with dementia and can be associated with deterioration in cognitive functioning. Many clinicians have difficulty determining whether dementia, depression or both are the underlying disease for their patients' apathy, psychomotor retardation, concentration deficit and short-term memory impairment. Moreover, depression in dementia… Continue

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The Interface of Depression and Dementia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Depression and dementia are common in older people and their association is very complex. Major and minor depression occur often in patients with dementia and can be associated with deterioration in cognitive functioning. Many clinicians have difficulty determining whether dementia, depression or both are the underlying disease for their patients' apathy, psychomotor retardation, concentration deficit and short-term memory impairment. Moreover, depression in dementia… Continue

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