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Can Medication Prevent Crime?
Ah, not here, not now, but over on Clinical Psychiatry News, ClinkShrink looks at the question of whether medications can prevent crime and she talks about a study in Sweden that was recently published in Lancet.  Let me redirect you over there: Can Medication Reduce Crime?----- Listen to our latest podcast at mythreeshrinks.com or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

The HIgh Cost of Forced Outpatient Care
I'm going to refer you to a long article in The Herald News,  Focus: Safety concerns prompt states to revisit involuntary commitment laws that address the mentally ill.   Now I'd like to bring you to the end of the article where there is mention of the fact that President Obama has authorized $60 million to fund these programs.  If we divide that evenly between the states, it's about $1.2 million per state.  New York already has a program for involuntary outpatient commitment called Kendra's law.  The studies have shown that it has been successful in decreasing hospitalizations and incarceration.&n...
Source: Shrink Rap - May 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Copycat suicides
From Science Daily  Heightened newspaper coverage after a suicide might have a significant impact on the initiation of some teenage suicide clusters, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study reveals that the content of media reports is also important, with more prominent stories (ie, published on the front page) and those that describe the suicide in considerable detail more likely to be associated with so-called copycat suicides. "Our findings indicate that the more sensational the coverage of the suicides, and the more details the story provides, then the more likely there are...
Source: Markham's Behavioral Health - May 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: David Markham Source Type: blogs

Study examines back pain and depression in seniors - Senior's Health - Press of Atlantic City
Researchers at the Univ-ersity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are studying the most effective means of treating chronic low back pain and symptoms of depression - together - in those 60 or older.The ADAPT (Addressing Depression And Pain Together) study has been going on for four years. Seventy-five men and 123 women, ranging in age from 60 to 94, have taken part.About a third of seniors suffer from low back pain. Nearly 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older have clinically significant symptoms of depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Up to 25 percent of seniors may suffer from both, said Dr....
Source: Psychology of Pain - May 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

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Slate has a couple of great articles: One on the development that made Paris stand out really as an international city, one on Trey Gowdy R-S.C., the appointed chairman of the House Select Committee looking into the Benghazi issue. Reading the Volokh Conspiracy has left me really impressed with the skill in law in organizing an argument or logical proof and Gowdy, in a video clip there, really shows that skill. Speaking of satisfying a social need, which is the accomplishment in Paris, Dallas would make an advancement in shifting the time of school break for kids to a time other than summer, the heat being so restrictive h...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - May 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Tell Me About Sweden
I've been delving into a recently published study from Sweden that was mentioned here in the Wall Street Journal. The study looked at the effects of psychiatric medication compliance on violent crime. It's interesting and intriguing but I have to say I'm struggling to see how or if this may be applicable to people in the United States. Thus, this blog post. I know from Google analytics that we've had almost 5000 page views from readers in Sweden this month alone. I know that many of our blog readers are patients. Please, tell me about your mental health care system. From the paper I know that your legal system is very diff...
Source: Shrink Rap - May 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

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Medications reduced violent crime in people taking the medications, Depakote and 'antipsychotic' medications, a study published in Lancet found. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - May 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Privacy versus Necessary Communications
Greetings from New York.  All the Shrink Rappers have been enjoying the APA meetings these past few days.  Today's post is located over on the Clinical Psychiatry News website: Legislation's privacy exceptions of psychiatric patients are concerning.  Do surf over and read the post there.  ----- Listen to our latest podcast at mythreeshrinks.com or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Who Bullies The Bullies?
but they're welcome to buy an iphone (Source: The Last Psychiatrist)
Source: The Last Psychiatrist - May 3, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Labor Day
Like the tree that grows so tallLeaves turn gold and then they fall That same kind of music. That same kind of pictures. American movie direction. American music. American county side. Huge trees.  Mountain streams may run and flowClean the sands on which they go Yesterday was the first of May. Before yesterday was the day of Iraqi parliamentary elections. I went and chose the “Civil and Democratic Coalition”. That coalition contains some secular and liberal forces, some individuals, and the Iraqi communist party. Yesterday I started watching a DVD of a movie named “Labour Day”.The summary of the back c...
Source: psychiatry for all - May 2, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

The Maintenance Of Certification Exam As Fetish
no need to wait for the receipt (Source: The Last Psychiatrist)
Source: The Last Psychiatrist - April 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Reading Pain in a Human Face - NYTimes.com
How well can computers interact with humans? Certainly computers play a mean game of chess, which requires strategy and logic, and "Jeopardy!," in which they must process language to understand the clues read by Alex Trebek (and buzz in with the correct question).But in recent years, scientists have striven for an even more complex goal: programming computers to read human facial expressions.We all know what it's like to experience pain that makes our faces twist into a grimace. But can you tell if someone else's face of pain is real or feigned?The practical applications could be profound...
Source: Psychology of Pain - April 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Stellet Licht
When the film started I remembered Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”. Those scenes from a silent rural area. You can hear the sounds of wild animals crying the song of liberty. Man, on the other side, is bound by traditions he invented to imprison himself. Johan is the father of the family in the film “Stellet Licht” and he is leading the praying. His wife Esther is following the prayer so religiously. Their children are obeying the rules. The younger the children are, the freer they are. The youngest was yawning. Yawning was the most realistic reaction to that Mennonite tradition. Sooner in the film we got the no...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 28, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

The problem with the way occupational therapists address mental health issues
This report also states that mental health expenditures may not be keeping pace with the growth of health care spending in general, and that proportionally there has been a shift over time where more money is being spent on pharmaceuticals and less is being spent on inpatient care.  As a final point,"Three out of every ten dollars spent on MH treatment are expected to go for retail purchases of prescription drugs in 2014, up from 23 percent in 2003. Specialty and general hospitals are forecasted to account for 22 percent of total MH expenditures (down from 28 percent in 2003), physicians and other professionals for 16...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - April 26, 2014 Category: Occupational Therapists Tags: OT Education OT practice school-based practice Source Type: blogs

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Tom Maguire really brings a review to the Picketty Inequality thesis, justifying the title of his blog, JustOneMinute. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

On Finding My Tribe, and Thinking for Myself
This week for Throwback Thursday I'm digging up a classic piece by Leah Harris, who now works for the National Empowerment Center and just wrote this piece, Defeating Goliath: Mental Health is a Social Justice Issue, for Mad in America about defeating the Murphy Bill. Here she is, in the younger days of Icarus, 2004, when we were to carve space for language that didn't just define us in opposition to psychiatry, but allowed us to express our beauty and solidarity. I recently slept on Leah's couch and it was awesome to catch up with her after a bunch of years. She's doing great work these days, just like she...
Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness - April 24, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: sascha Tags: Articles Source Type: blogs

Snakes
I took 89/100 in DELF A2. I want to continue studying French. I headed to the Institue Francais en Irak and inscribed for the courses that will help me prepare for the B1 examination. They were kind enough to photocopy for me the pages I need for the coming lesson, till they bring new books that I can use. I went home glad. I looked at the photo of the lesson and it was little strange. Somebody, a female body?, playing flute? in a forest, nearby a river, and there are snakes. I googled the name of the painter Henry Rousseau and see other paintings by him. I went to sleep.  Today I woke up early refreshed. Yesterday I ...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Developmental disabilities and sheltered workshops: "free" to starve?
This April 2014 announcement portrays the end of supported employment for the cognitively impaired as a victory similar to the ADA’s benefit for the physically disabled … (excerpts and emphases mine):Rhode Island Settles Case on Jobs for the Disabled - NYTimes.comThe Justice Department on Tuesday announced a “landmark” agreement with the State of Rhode Island to free people with developmental disabilities from a decades-old system that kept them unjustly segregated in sheltered workshops and adult day programs, removed from the competitive workplace and the broader community.The settlement, which addresses the civi...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 20, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: disability law employment Source Type: blogs

Interesting reading around the web
Happy Easter!  ClinkShrink has become obsessed with photographing birds, and I've suggested that for today, she give us a rabbit or two. First, I'll send you to Clinical Psychiatry News where Clink discusses the latest report from the Treatment Advocacy Center on how there are 10 times more people with mental illness in jails than in psychiatric hospitals.  See Report suggests reform for mentally ill in prison.Next, I'll send you to the New York Times for a very thoughtful article on the use of antidepressants.  See Doris Irovici's article on The Antidepressant Generation.Then I'm going to send you to Pete E...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Policing
Ken White provides comic relief. And a sobering review, in passing, on Putin and his treatment of the opposition in Russia. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: a review
This is a web version of a review of Peter Gotzsche’s book. It appeared in the April 2014 Healthwatch Newsletter. Read the whole newsletter. It has lots of good stuff. Their newsletters are here. Healthwatch has been exposing quackery since 1989. Their very first newsletter is still relevant. Most new drugs and vaccines are developed by the pharmaceutical industry. The industry has produced huge benefits for mankind. But since the Thatcherite era it has come to be dominated by marketing people who appear to lack any conscience. That’s what gave rise to the Alltrials movement. It was founded in January 2013...
Source: DC's goodscience - April 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: David Colquhoun Tags: Academia badscience Big Pharma blogosphere Martin Keller Peter Gotzsche Pharmaceutical Industry Richard Eastell Source Type: blogs

Does bad parenting cause mental illness?
Over on our Facebook page, a reader posted: Supporters of families should protest SAMHSA's distribution of its new "Family Therapy Can Help" booklet. It's full of statements that imply that faulty family dynamics are the underlying problem in the development and persistence of mental illnesses. At the same time, SAMHSA does nothing to educate the public or clinicians or people with severe illnesses on what is known about psychotic disorders from a science based perspective. Here's a link to this free document: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA13-4784/SMA13-4784.pdfAround the same time, a Shrink Rap reader wrot...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Guest Article: Secure message exchange using the Direct Protocol is not a myth, there really are people using it
I recently chaired a couple of conferences and my next HealthIMPACT event is coming up later this month in NYC. At each one of the events and many times a year via twitter and e-mail I am asked whether the Direct Project is successful, worth implementing in health IT projects, and if there are many people sending secure messages using Direct. To help answer these questions, I reached out to Rachel A. Lunsford, Director of Product Management at Amida Technologies. Amida has amassed an impressive team of engineers to focus on health IT for patient-centered care so their answer will be well grounded in facts. Here’s what Ra...
Source: The Healthcare IT Guy - April 14, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Shahid N. Shah Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Did Solomon Called the Queen of Sheba by Mobile Phone?
I was in “The Book Club” last Wednesday in Kerbala. A new novel by Ala’a Mashthub was recently published. In that novel Mashtoub talks about history of Iraq. He doesn’t name them frankly but his protagonists seems to be: Arbaham, Ismail, Hajir, Hamourabi, and others. An old man commented that Mashthub is fabricating. Mashthoub answered: “I don’t understand what is fabrication, do you mean collage?”Another attendee, Jasim A’asi, reminded us of a short story by Jaleel Al-Qaisy in which the protagonist flies in a space ship to Sumer and meets ancient people. A’asi said that the novelist’s duty is not that ...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 14, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Tea in the Jar
Thursday 6 p.m. Two bags, one is held by hand, the other is on the back. Both are heavy. Both are not so clean. The door is little heavy to open. It was didn't opened for the last few days. He puts the bags on the ground and try again. The door is opened. Take the bags from the ground and go in. A smell of dust. Mixed with some other things. The kitchen has its acidic aroma too. He doesn't mind it. Actually he likes it. He is so sleepy. He puts the bags anywhere. He tooks off shoes as fast as can be. Navigates to sleep. As I was goin' overThe Cork and Kerry Mountains I saw Captain FarrellAnd his money, he was cou...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Medicare Payments to Docs Gone Public
Today's post is over on Clinical Psychiatry News where I wrote about "Privacy or Transparency: Maryland psychiatrists speculate on Medicare payments and their accessibility to the public."Please surf over there to read, then return here if you'd like to comment.  The CPN site is not taking comments lately.  ----- Listen to our latest podcast at mythreeshrinks.com or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - April 12, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

A Five-Dimensional View of Pain | Pain Research Forum
Leaders of a major effort to systematically classify all common chronic pain conditions expect to have the first stage completed by mid-July 2014. The Pain Taxonomy, a project of the ACTTION public-private partnership, and the American Pain Society is one of two independent initiatives launched last spring to fill a widely perceived need for an updated evidence-based approach to improve diagnosis, treatment, and research of chronic pain (seePRF related news story). Key issues and decisions of the initial consensus meeting held in May 2013 are summed up in the March 2014 issue of The Journal of Pain. The paper also des...
Source: Psychology of Pain - April 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

An Appreciation of John Roberts
David Brooks analyzes the implication of the McCutcheon decision in the setting of campaign finance reform. David Brooks keeps at it with an instructive comment on Passover, also the 'Common Core' kerrflue. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

He Sends Flies to Wounds He Should Heal
 Noon. A sound of a rusty acoustic guitar from Kansas. April's sun tinkle the skin of the forehead, and the hairs, from between the leaves of an acacia. The polarized sun glasses help you to look at the tree of ... life? and remember that film director... of Tree of Life, and that other new film about a French woman coming to the US and falling in love with a monk. A priest. You don't know the difference between a monk and a priest. You don't care much. Yesterday you saw a debate downloaded via the youtube between Tony Blair and somebody called Christopher H??? itcher?? . Wait I will google it. I close my eyes only f...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Dear Congressman Murphy: Regarding HR 3717
American Enterprise Institute, AEI, a conservative think tank, held a panel on Fixing The Mental Health System, What Congress Can Do.  I posted the discussion above, the talking begins at 12 minutes.  The panel is introduced by Dr. Sally Satel, and the speakers include:Congressman/Psychologist Tim Murphy who talks about legislation in Congress, HR 3717.  This bill pushes the federal government to provide more services -- a good thing -- and it also ties in requirements for Involuntary Outpatient Treatment (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or AOT).  The New York Times has discussed this in Men...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Hold On My Heart
 Hold on my heartJust hold on to that feelingWe both know we've been here beforeWe both know what can happen Got nothing specific to say. I just woke up from a deep long siesta. Hy head feels pretty good although a little bit seems heavy and dull. Actually numb. I have no feeling. No idea. Just like an animal. Like a dog walking around for no "reason". Just to explore or, to implore. To implore an odor or a sight. A light. A dim sun. As dim as a numb head. As quite as a summer afternoon. No sounds but a wizz in the ears. A slight wizz that you can only attend to if you want to.  Hold on my heartCos Im lookin...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Book review: Viviane (a novel)
With thanks to Jed who thought I'd like this novel.Take a deep breath before you get on this ride.  The twists and turns come fast, and the trip is short, but memorable, with moves that made me gasp.  So short, it's almost more of a novella, and that's good because a ride like this is compelling for hours; I'm not sure I'd want to be on long journey.  Viviane is dark and mysterious, the psychologically-laden plot pulls the reader along quickly, and if that's what you're looking for, stop here before I move you to plot spoilers.  It's a first novel by Julia Deck, translated from the original French by Li...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 4, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Freedom of Speech
The speech was for that handsome young man named Husam Al-Haj. Husam Al - Haj was presented to us as the founder of the group "I am Iraqi, I am reading" and a writer in Al-Mada Newspaper. Husam talked to us about what freedom in press mean. He gave us examples and make comparisons.After Husam started talking an old man starts walking quietly between our chairs spreading on us his smiles and some newspapers. The old man looks like a janitor or a cleaner. He wears some respectful clothes but they are old fashioned a little. His eyes, which hide spangles you can touch of you look after them, are little sad, sometimes.Husam to...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 2, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

SAMHSA Offers Free Online Training for Members of Care Teams
Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team.  These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be ta...
Source: BHIC - April 2, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: General Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Women Lawyers and the Catholic Church
The Judge's example from his own life is a door to a different perspective. One of his daughters was marrying in a Catholic Church; from his viewpoint another daughter's breasts were too exposed though he wasn't 'provoked.' If a kind word about the Catholic Church may be allowed as a Lenten Penance, the faith perhaps promoted a culture where women can feel beautiful without being provocative. Perhaps in part it is the persistence of the 'ever virgin' Mary, beautiful without being provocative, or some legacy of the 'women from Galilee' who accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem; he recognized a right not to be divorced. There are t...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Douce France
Yesternight I turned the T.V. on the TV5 Monde channel and saw a live broadcasting from France about their municipal elections. I like how they look. I especially liked a young woman in a talk show after the primary results were declared. I then read her name and found that she seems from Arabic origins. Najat- something- Belkacem. She is a minister of woman's affair. Well, a little disappointment when I knew her ministry. I hoped she is the minister of, say, Education... Industry... something like that...An Asian looking man was also in the talk show. He is French too.The new Maire of Paris is of Spanish origins.I slept t...
Source: psychiatry for all - March 31, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Thank You, Pete Earley
Lots of good stuff on Pete Earley's blog lately.  He has a blog post up today with a video of hours of Congressional testimony on the topic of "Where have all the patients gone, examining the psychiatric bed shortage. This will be taking up some of my free time over the next days as I plan to listen to it all. There's also a video of the talk Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds gave at the National Press Club about access to care and his tragedy with his son.Pete was also kind enough to put up a post for me.  I'm interested in talking to families for my book, and I asked my colleagues who are active with NAMI if any of...
Source: Shrink Rap - March 31, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

New App Supports Recovering Alcoholics
Earlier this week, JAMA Psychiatry published an article detailing a study that tested the effectiveness of an app designed to help recovering alcoholics. From Reuters: “More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided relaxation techniques and alerts users when they’re near bars and other places that may be risky to their recoveries.” For the complete Reuters release: http://reut.rs/1iI1Fn1 For the JAMA Psychiatry article: http://bit.ly/1laudGD   (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - March 28, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Naomi Gonzales Tags: Articles Source Type: blogs

Sun's halo over Erbil citadel
I walk in the Erbil's citadel and raise up my head to see the sun. There was a halo around it. I don't understand what that halo is.  I remember my neighbor the engineer who told me once that when he was working in a mountain in Kurdistan and developed a sun burn the back of his neck and in his ear lobes. When I asked him for an explanation for what happened he said that he was working in a mountain, so he was nearer to the sun. That was the first, and only, time that I heard of such a thing. Being nearer to the sun. I am now in the hotel writing this post and hearing "Magnificent" by U2. The video clip is somewh...
Source: psychiatry for all - March 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

EILTS in Erbil's Sun
So, I come to Erbil to receive my EILTS certificate, a certificate with marks that are not enough to join that training/working in the UK. A certificate with no clear benefit for me. I go back to the hotel. The hotel's name is MONTANA. Near the citadel. Erbil citadel. I think Montana is a city in Canada. With some Etymological root referring to the word "Mountain". A mountain. I go to sleep at about 11:00 am. Yesterday I didn't sleep well. I sleep deeply. I wake up gradually. I take my mobile phone and play "Taffic Racer". Raise up some money to buy a truck. Quit the game. Take on clothes. Go to have a lunch. Much red meat...
Source: psychiatry for all - March 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Erbil and EILTS
I was told that I can start a training in the UK. Something called the MTI program. Get paid and studies at the same time. That sounded great. I had to make some files. Prepare some papers. I had to have letters of recommendation. A letter from my employers too. And worst of all, an above 7 score in all the four parts of EILTS. EILTS had to be prepared in less than two months. The EILTS center in Baghdad is in the green zone and they don't respond to phone. The Erbil center responded but, since there were explosions in Erbil, young Arabic men were not accepted to enter Erbil by earth, the only way was by airoplane. Yo...
Source: psychiatry for all - March 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Trazadone
Even after only four days of taking Trazadone, I can't help but think that I am in the throes of withdrawal.  It seems crazy that I would be after only four days of 150mg, which I think may be a lot just for sleep.  It is amazing to me that people function at 300mg for depression.  I am sleeping during the day, which actually isn't a bad thing.  I was so anxious before that I couldn't take a nap. My body was to tired, yet it was impossible.  I would look forward to taking Trazadone as early as possible to escape the tiredness I felt.  One time yesterday, I felt full on panic that I am not doin...
Source: bipolar.and.me - March 24, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Ketamine - A Professor Writes
For the past six months, I've fielded increasingly more questions about ketamine.My patients: "Will ketamine help me?" My colleagues: "Is ketamine safe for my patients?"Ketamine is an FDA- (Food and Drug Administration) approved drug for anesthesia during surgery and for pain relief -- in adults and children. Several studies (including one report published recently) have shown its rapid, positive effects in depression as well as rapid effects in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -- a persistent and often disabling disorder in which individuals have repetitive thoughts and behaviors.Because ketami...
Source: PharmaGossip - March 24, 2014 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

What's up
I made my blog private and it's weird yet nice at the same time because I'm only writing for myself.My psychiatrist put me on Trazadone for sleep, and while it definitely improved my sleep, the side effects were awful. My stomach blew up like a ballon and actually hurt. I got a backache yet it wasn't an injury. I could move like normal and did things like touch my toes and swivel from side to side and it didn't hurt any worse at all. So somehow it was the Trazadone. I also had a groggy Trazadone hangover. When I see my doctor, I'll tell her about it, but I'm a pretty hard sell to try  something new again.I took Bailey...
Source: bipolar.and.me - March 23, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

What does it mean for a patient to be undermedicated?
A patient I see for psychotherapy, without medications except for an occasional lorazepam (tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine class), told me his prior psychiatrist declared him grossly undermedicated in one of their early sessions, and had quickly prescribed two or three daily drugs for depression and anxiety.  He shared this story with a smile, as we’ve never discussed adding medication to his productive weekly sessions that focus on anxiety and interpersonal conflicts.  Indeed, the lorazepam is left over from his prior doctor.  I doubt I would have ordered it myself, although I don’t particularly object that he...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 22, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Weighing a patient offers a treasure trove of information
As a psychiatrist, I was trained to begin the mental status examination and overall assessment of my patient as soon as I greeted them in the waiting room. Even now, three decades after finishing medical school, I follow almost the same sequence of actions in my day-to-day interactions with my patients that I did as a resident in training. Granted, there are now electronic medical records and I rarely come in contact with a paper chart any more, temperatures are recorded with digital thermometers and blood pressures with self pumping cuffs, but a large part of the basic interaction between psychiatrist and patient has chan...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 21, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

United Church Observer: Through the Cracks: For Adults With Developmental Disabilities Gaps Remain
The United Church Observer article, Through the cracks, by  Kevin Spurgaitis,  tackles issues relating to the lack of available care for adults with severe developmental disabilities including autism disorders.  Simply by addressing, and shining a spotlight on the lack of places that can provide permanent residential care to those with autism disorders they have helped to address the hard realities faced by many with severe developmental disorders including severe autism.  I was interviewed by telephone by Kevin Spurgatis, who was exceptionally courteous and respectful, qualities which show up in t...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - March 21, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): At last, a promising alternative to antipsychotics for schizophrenia, The Guardian In The Popular Press: Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s, New York Times Do psychiatrists think everyone is crazy?, Aeon Magazine... (Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog)
Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog - March 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: NELB Staff Source Type: blogs

There’s movie psychiatry, and then there’s real psychiatry
The page comes from the psychiatry intern on call. “There’s a situation with patient RB on the unit. Please advise.” We gather in the hall outside the patient’s room. There are already three — no, four — security guards standing several feet away with their arms folded. Backup. Ready. Ready for what? We whisper in hushed tones as the intern explains what happened. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 20, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs