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August 2002 News and Blog Posts (6)

Brain Deficit Patterns May Signal Early-Onset Schizophrenia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Schizophrenia is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that affects 1% of Americans. Often striking without warning in the late teens or early 20s, its symptoms include visual and auditory hallucinations, psychotic outbreaks, and bizarre or disordered thinking, as well as depression and social withdrawal.



To combat schizophrenia, new antipsychotic drugs are emerging; most of these modulate dopamine and serotonin pathways in the brain. Despite the moderate success… Continue

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Are Migraines and Bipolar Disorder Related?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Migraine is characterized by episodes of headache with qualities such as unilateral location, throbbing pain and aggravation by routine physical activity. Additional symptoms include nausea, photophobia and phonophobia. Some patients have aura symptoms, usually visual, before the headache phase (Davidoff, 1995). Prodromal and accompanying symptoms of migraine attacks often are psychiatric in nature, such as depression, elation, irritability, anxiety, overactivity,… Continue

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Are Migraines and Bipolar Disorder Related?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Migraine is characterized by episodes of headache with qualities such as unilateral location, throbbing pain and aggravation by routine physical activity. Additional symptoms include nausea, photophobia and phonophobia. Some patients have aura symptoms, usually visual, before the headache phase (Davidoff, 1995). Prodromal and accompanying symptoms of migraine attacks often are psychiatric in nature, such as depression, elation, irritability, anxiety, overactivity,… Continue

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ADHD--Overcoming the Specter of Overdiagnosis

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Few topics have generated as much public concern as the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outpatient visits for ADHD jumped from 1.6 million to 4.2 million per year from 1990 to 1993. More than 70% of those patients walked away with a prescription for Ritalin (methylphenidate).



During the past decade, a growing body of research has reported that stimulant… Continue

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Current Management of Depression in Cancer Patients

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In their paper, Schwartz and colleagues review the risk factors for depression and suicide in patients with cancer and argue convincingly that screening for depression can be simply and quickly performed. They also delineate the efficacy and potential adverse effects of psychotherapeutic or psychopharmacologic treatments for these patients. Buttressing the identification and treatment of depression in the cancer patient are vital, ongoing scientific developments that flow… Continue

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Current Management of Depression in Cancer Patients

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Depression is a relatively common but regrettably underdiagnosed condition among cancer patients. Comprehensive care should, however, encompass not only a good understanding of the physical domains of patient care, but include attentiveness to the psychological, spiritual, and existential concerns of patients facing malignant illness. Depression can influence a patient’s will to live, as well as diminish the quality and perceived meaning of life. Therefore, health-care… Continue

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