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Why aren't there any celebrity psychiatrists?

When I was in Los Angeles recently, there was a headline article in the Health Section of the June 14 Los Angeles Times entitled “… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on July 6, 2010 at 6:07am — No Comments

Black Boxes, Xboxes, and Other Current Concerns

The articles in this Special Report, although far from comprehensive, address an intriguing sample of the many key topics in child and adolescent psychiatry today. The discussion of the black-box warning applied to SSRIs is a good place to start. We are all trying to practice evidenced-based medicine and yet defining risk/benefit, even with a common condition such as adolescent depression, is no easy task. Black-box warnings are meant to reduce the risk for an individual patient as the… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on March 17, 2010 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Antipsychotic Prescribing in Children: What We Know—What We Need to Know

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- A pair of recent research articles has cast the public spotlight on treating children and adolescents with antipsychotic medications.1,2 In the first report, a large and broadly representative group of child and adolescent patients, all naive to antipsychotic medications, was followed for approximately 10 weeks after initiating treatment with olanzapine, risperidone, quetiapine, or aripiprazole. The average weight increase ranged from 18.7 pounds (olanzapine) to 9.7… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on December 25, 2009 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Sexual Addiction: Diagnosis and Treatment

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- The diagnostic criteria for sexual addiction are derived from the behaviorally nonspecific criteria for addictive disorder that were presented in Part 1 (Goodman, 1998b), by replacing "behavior" with "sexual behavior" (see Table). A definition of sexual addiction, which facilitates preliminary diagnosis of the disorder, can similarly be derived from the simple definition of addiction.

Accordingly, sexual addiction is defined as a condition in which some form of… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on November 22, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Firearms and Mental Illness

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- Firearms and Mental Illness

Donna M. Norris, MD and Marilyn Price, MD

Dr Norris is assistant clinical professor and Dr Price is clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The authors report no conflicts of interest concerning the subject matter of this article.

The right of American citizens to own, register, and carry firearms has a significant history of federal and/or local… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on November 13, 2009 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Placebos: Is It All in Your Spine?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- Researchers have found evidence that the placebo effect is not all “in your mind.” This study, recently published in Science, suggests that the spinal column—specifically, the dorsal horn—may be involved in blocking pain after placebo has been administered. Eippert and colleagues1 examined pain reactions in 13 young, healthy men (21 to 30 years old) after applying 2 types of cream on their forearms. The participants were told that one cream was a highly effective… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on November 11, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

More Violence in the field of psychiatry - Did Military Psychiatry Fail to Detect Major Hasan's Emotional Turmoil?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- Some would ask whether the psychiatric system at Ft. Hood adequately assessed the mental state of Army Maj Nidal Malik Hasan, the man accused of yesterday's shooting rampage on the base.

Maj Hasan, 39, was reportedly about to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, despite his vehement and public objections to the wars both on the Internet and to colleagues.1 It is not clear to what extent Maj Hasan's clinical supervisors were monitoring his emotional state prior… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on November 7, 2009 at 8:41pm — No Comments

A Psychiatrist’s Worst Nightmare? Psychiatrist Stabbing Raises Concerns

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - A clinic for patients with bipolar disorder at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was the scene of yet another attack by a patient on a psychiatrist.

According to a report in the October 28, 2009 issue of the Boston Globe,1 the 37-year-old perpetrator, Jay Carciero, who was a patient at the clinic, stabbed his psychiatrist, Astrid Desrosiers, MD, during a treatment session. Screams coming from the treatment room caused other patients to panic and run. An… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on November 3, 2009 at 8:11am — No Comments

Doctor: Are You “Drugging” or “Medicating” Your Patients?


By Ronald Pies, MD

Dr Pies is professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He is also Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Times.

You have read the blogs and seen the placards a dozen times: doctors prescribe too many “drugs” for too many patients. Psychiatrists, in particular, are popular targets of politically motivated language that… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on October 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

It Takes a Village to Treat ADHD: Community and Clinical Collaborations

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) -- ABSTRACT: The majority of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are assessed and treated by primary care pediatricians. However, the services of others are frequently needed to provide optimal care for children with ADHD; one of the pediatrician’s most important roles is to serve as coordinator of the treatment team. A child’s parents are the most important members of the ADHD treatment team. Education of parents by professionals is the cornerstone… Continue

Added by PsychiatryRounds Team on October 6, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

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