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December 2006 News and Blog Posts (29)

Employer-Sponsored Depression Screening Seen as Saving

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 4 -- Employers including depression screening with care management as a benefit could help improve workers' lives and the company's bottom line, researchers have concluded.



By screening all employees once and then providing depression management services for those who need it, employers could save about ,000 for every 1,000 workers over five years, reported Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H., of the National Institute of Mental Health and Harvard… Continue

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression: Conflict of Interest's "Perfect Storm"?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - A controversial treatment, an industry-funded article with no financial disclosures, a ghostwriter, a lead author who is editor-in-chief of the journal and who is later hired by the company funding the article, and a lucrative order of 10,000 reprints—these were the potent ingredients of what the New York Times recently termed an "egregious set of events" that involved the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.1



In July 2005, the FDA approved a new type of therapy for… Continue

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Recognizing and Treating Depression in Asian Americans

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - There has been phenomenal growth in the Asian American population in recent years. In 1990, there were 7.3 million Asian Americans in the United States, accounting for 3.4% of the population. In 2000, the number increased by 38%, to 10.1 million, or 4% of the US population (2000 census),1 and this growth rate is expected to continue.



Compared with other ethnic groups, Asian Americans underuse mental health services, resulting in delayed treatment and higher… Continue

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Willing Paranoid Delusions

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Psychotic symptoms—delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, thought disorder—are mostly attributed now to aberrations in brain structure and function. The iconic "chemical imbalance," thought to be a consequence of wrongly wired neural circuits and faulty receptor activity, is seen as an essential component in the distortions of thinking, feeling, and behavior that are different enough from the norm to merit the designation "psychotic."



The physiologic derangement… Continue

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Clinical Citations: Is anxiety linked with increased asthma symptoms in adolescents?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - ncreasing evidence demonstrates that adolescents with asthma are at greater risk for anxiety and depression. However, few studies have investigated the association of psychological disorders with asthma symptoms, an important factor in evaluating asthma treatment. Now the results of a large population-based study of adolescents with asthma confirm that anxiety and depression are highly associated with increased asthma symptoms.



A telephone survey of 767 youths… Continue

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Genetic Counseling in Psychiatry: Preparing for Anticipated Demand

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Doc, I saw on the news that a gene for schizophrenia has been found. Can I be tested for it?" Such inquiries from patients with psychiatric disorders and their at-risk family members are increasing as knowledge about the genetic basis of psychiatric illness grows, according to Harvard Medical School experts in genetics and psychiatric disorders.



In a recent article on genetic counseling in psychiatry,1 Christine Finn, MD, and Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD, noted… Continue

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Patients Underreporting Medical Conditions

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Patients with a serious mental illness (SMI), such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, may underreport co-occurring medical conditions. Dr Amy Kilbourne and colleagues performed a cross-sectional analysis of 35,857 patients from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Registry to determine whether SMI patients were less likely to report a co-occurring medical condition. Results were published in the August 2006 issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental… Continue

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The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions With Up-to-Date Answers by Wes Burgess

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Bipolar disorder is often seen as a perplexing illness by patients and clinicians alike. In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation in psychiatric circles of the disorder's prevalence. This increased attention has filtered its way down to the general public, which, in turn, has produced sometimes sensationalistic media portrayals of manic depression, a number of speculative books about historic figures and noted artists who purportedly had the illness, and an… Continue

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Compulsive Buying Disorder Affects 1 in 20 Adults, Causes Marked Distress

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - More than 1 in 20 adults nationwide suffer from compulsive buying, according to a telephone survey of 2500 adults. And contrary to popular opinion, "compulsive buying appears to be almost as common in men as in women," according to Lorrin M. Koran, MD, first author of a recently published prevalence study of compulsive buying behavior in the United States.1 Six percent of women and 5.5% of men in the study reported symptoms considered to be consistent with compulsive… Continue

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