Monthly Archives: August 2011

College Mental Health Screenings Go High-Tech

College Mental Health Screenings Go High-Tech AP — Look around a waiting room at a university counseling center and you’ll see students wrestling with all sorts of issues: The one who’s failing because of binge drinking. Another who’s struggling with a roommate conflict, or a recent break-up. Yet another who’s stressed out and suicidal.

Where Has Psychotherapy Gone?

Where Has Psychotherapy Gone? As you all are aware, studies suggest that psychotherapy is becoming an increasingly rare part of many if not most psychiatric practices.[1] What factors do you think are responsible for this decline, and is this change in practice important? How does it affect psychiatry’s role and reputation in the United States? […]

Heal thyself: Think positive

Heal thyself: Think positive     29 August 2011 by Jo Marchant    “Heal thyself: The power of mind over matter” “Everything’s going to be fine.” Go on, try to convince yourself, because realism can be bad for your health. Optimists recover better from medical procedures such as coronary bypass surgery, have healthier immune systems […]

Life is a PTSD Event

Life is a PTSD Event There’s a lot of talk these days about post-traumatic stress (PTSD) – veterans returning from war who can’t sleep because of nightmares, who feel vulnerable and on-edge just walking into a crowded McDonald’s. Or people who have been in terrible car accidents that make them now shiver while waiting at […]

FDA Approves Tapentadol for Chronic Pain

FDA Approves Tapentadol for Chronic Pain   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved tapentadol extended release (Nucynta, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) for moderate to severe chronic pain. The drug, already approved for acute pain, has now been given the okay for long-term use, the company announced today. In Europe, tapentadol is marketed as Palexia.

The Current Crisis of Confidence in Antidepressants

The Current Crisis of Confidence in Antidepressants Two recent events in the field of psychiatry have captured the attention of the lay media: (1) the results of research examining the efficacy of antidepressants for patients with mild-to-moderate depression and (2) the FDA requirement that antidepressants carry a black box warning regarding suicidal thinking and behavior […]

Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania

Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania   Guidelines for Treating Manic Episodes When the American Psychiatric Association (APA) last revised their guidelines for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder in 2002,1 the recommended first-line treatment for more severe manic or mixed states was a combination of lithium or valproate and an atypical antipsychotic.

Epidemiology of Pain and Physical Symptoms in Patients With Depression

  Epidemiology of Pain and Physical Symptoms in Patients With Depression   Prevalence of Chronic Painful Physical Condition (CPPC) by Age Group in People With Major Depressive Disorder  Individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) often present with a variety of somatic symptoms in addition to the common emotional symptoms.1 Somatic symptoms include not only fatigue […]

Predictors of Psychiatric Inpatient Suicide: A National Prospective Register-Based Study

Predictors of Psychiatric Inpatient Suicide: A National Prospective Register-Based Study Objective: To study the incidence and risk factors of psychiatric inpatient suicide within a national cohort representing all psychiatric hospital admissions. Method: This national prospective register-based study followed all psychiatric hospital admissions in Denmark from the date of patient admission until patient discharge or inpatient […]

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