Clinical Psychiatry News

Clinical Psychiatry News is a monthly medical and psychiatry tabloid published since 1973 by the International Medical News Group. Subjects for Clinical Psychiatry News include psychology and psychiatry. The executive editor is Denise Fulton, and Gina Henderson is a senior editor.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, March

Air Pollution May Speed Cognitive Decline, Increase Strokes
FROM ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE levels of air pollution that fall within the amounts deemed safe in current US. standards for air quality were associated with a significant increase in the risk for acute ischemic stroke after short-term exposure...
Antisocial Behavior: DSM-5 Revision Possible
After years of reduced visibility, the psychopathic personality has returned to prominence in both the popular imagination and in the domain of clinical psychiatry. In 2010, British television personality Jon Ronson published "The Psychopath Test,"...
A Strategy for Engaging Psych Residents
Modern medical education is rife with requirements for measurable outcomes. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education wants to know how many of our residents finish their training on time, how many pass the boards, and how many are able...
'Broken' SGR Gets Short-Term Fix Yet Again: New Law Averts 27% Pay Cut for Physicians for Another Year
Physicians will not face Medicare payment cuts this year, thanks to a compromise reached by members of Congress. But barring additional legislative action this year, doctors will see their Medicare payments cut by nearly a third come Jan. 1, 2013....
Drugs Targeting Glutamate 'Active Field of Study': Better Therapeutic Options for Managing Patients with Schizophrenia Daily May Be in the Offing
LAS VEGAS - In the opinion of Dr. Leslie Citrome, the clinical evidence for using adjunctive lithium and anticonvulsants in patients with schizophrenia is generally weak. Yet, clinicians continue to prescribe them. "It's kind of puzzling," Dr. Citrome...
Family Support Groups: Integral Part of Patient Care
When Ms. A. visited with her son's psychiatrist, she broke into tears: "I don't know what to do! My son hates us! He calls us 'messengers of the devil!' His sister is getting teased at school. Her classmates won't talk to her, and they say her family...
Fink! Still at Large: A DSM-5 Work Group Has Proposed Expanding the Definition of Major Depressive Disorder to Capture Much of Grief. Would Such an Expansion Help Our Patients?
The proposal before the American Psychiatric Association suggesting that most normal bereavement be included in the criteria for major depressive disorder is a decidedly bad idea. All people grieve when they lose a loved one. Grief has the same symptoms...
Haloperidol Raises Risk of Death for Elderly
FROM BMJ Compared with risperidone, haloperidol appeared to double the risk of death among elderly nursing home patients, while quetiapine was associated with a 20% decreased risk. While some other antipsychotic medications appeared uniformly safe,...
Labels and Kids: Context Needed
The proliferation of diagnostic labels within the DSM for childhood emotional and behavioral symptoms has become something of an alphabet soup. It can be argued that the atheoretical, decontextualized, symptom focused model of the DSM-III (IV and now...
Most New ADHD Patients Don't Need an EKG
NEW YORK - An electrocardiogram probably is not necessary for most youngsters starting a medication for attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder. Some easy screening questions should be enough to identify any children who have cardiovascular risks...
Panel Calls for Health IT Safety Improvements
That was the conclusion of an Institute of Medicine panel, which called on the Health and Human Services Department to assess potential safety risks associated with health IT and come up with a plan to minimize those risks. The plan should be published...
Skepticism Builds as Tort Reform Languishes
As the presidential candidates make their pitches for how best to reform the nation's health care system, physicians aren't holding their breath that medical liability reform will be at the center of the national debate this fall. All of the GOP...
'Spice' and 'K2' Are New Drugs of Abuse
FROM A BRIEFING HOSTED BY THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY WASHINGTON - The nation is at the front-end of a potential epidemic, as synthetic marijuana and synthetic hallucinogens known as "bath salts" gain popularity, especially among...
Suicide Risk Higher among Older Schizophrenia Patients
Men and women aged 50 years and older who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are at greater risk of suicide, according to research in the journal. This was especially true for middle-age and older women diagnosed with schizophrenia. An estimated...
The Housewives of Beverly Hills-Part 1
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is the fifth in a Bravo cable network reality series that portrays the doings, misdoings, and undoings of affluent women across the United States. To date, we've also been given TRH of New Jersey, New York, Atlanta,...
Video Game Overuse Poses Diagnostic Challenge: Behind-the-Scenes Battle Keeping Internet/video Game Addiction Disorder out of the DSM-5
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO. -Internet/video game addiction disorder is a diagnosis that's not to be found in the DSM-IV Nor after considerable controversy will it make its way into DSM-5. But it is nonetheless a very real problem, according to Dr. Michael...