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May 2008 News and Blog Posts (5)

ECT Response Prediction: From Good to Great

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - It is widely accepted that ECT is the most effective short-term treatment for severe depression. "Almost everybody responds" has been the clinical wisdom. While that is an exaggeration, for correctly selected patients given the best care, it is not too far off. Still, refining the accuracy of predicting who will, or more important, who will not, respond is a worthwhile endeavor.



Prognostication is a major part of what physicians do in many fields of medicine,… Continue

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Pharmacological Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a disorder with a complex cause. The disorder is most commonly seen in women, generally with onset in adolescence. It is characterized by binge eating (consumption of an unusually large amount of food accompanied by feeling a loss of control), inappropriate compensatory measures to prevent weight gain (including purging by vomiting, abuse of laxatives and diuretics, strict dieting, and excessive exercise), obsessive fears of being fat, and negative… Continue

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Family Therapy for Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa: A Brief Review of Family-Based Treatment

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Anorexia nervosa is often complicated by devastating medical problems and may result in death. Although studies suggest a multifactorial cause for the disorder, treatment trials have yet to provide clinical guidance about how best to approach anorexia nervosa. However, recent studies have found that for adolescents who have short-duration anorexia nervosa, a specific form of family-based treatment (FBT) shows promise.



Background

Anorexia nervosa is a severe… Continue

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Purging Disorder

A syndrome described as purging following the ingestion of normal or small amounts of food in normal-weight persons has gained increasing attention in the field of eating disorders. Various terms have been used in the literature for this newly characterized syndrome, with purging disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified-purging (only), or EDNOS-P, used most frequently.1-8



Because purging disorder has not been included in any nosological system, there is no official… Continue

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The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder

by Allan V. Horwitz

and Jerome C. Wakefield; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007

312 pages • $29.95 (hardcover)



When historians try to understand why psychiatric diagnosis abandoned validity for the sake of reliability in the years surrounding the millennium, they will rely on The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive… Continue

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