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PsychiatryRounds Team's Blog – November 2009 Archive (5)

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

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