Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Monthly journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on the psychiatry developments in Canada and abroad. Features include debates, research, book reviews and clinical practice guidelines.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 12, December

Applying the Lessons of Tobacco and Alcohol Control to Cannabis
Can J Psychiatry 2008;53(12):799It is clear there is agreement on numerous issues. First, cannabis is associated with psychosis, although there is some divergence on the degree of certainty about direct causality, especially in chronic psychosis. Second,...
Are Personal Values of Importance in the Stigmatization of People with Mental Illness?
Objectives: To investigate the relation of responses to the Schwartz Value Scale to preferred social distance to a person with either schizophrenia or depression. The influence of personal value priorities on discrimination has been investigated in several...
Basal Thyrotropin and Major Depression: Relation to Clinical Variables and Treatment Outcome
Objective: There is a current argument in thyroidology about whether the normal range for basal thyrotropin (TSH) is too broad. Some groups suggest that a TSH of less than 2.5 mIU/L is a better cut-off for euthyroidism. Because major depression is associated...
Lack of Association between Clinical and Cognitive Change in First-Episode Psychosis: The First 6 Weeks of Treatment
Objective: To investigate potential changes and associations in clinical dimensions and cognitive functioning after the first 6 weeks of pharmacological treatment as the relation between cognitive and clinical change may have an impact in determining...
Obstacles to a Regulated Cannabis Market
Can J Psychiatry 2008;53(12):798We agree with Dr Stephen Kisley on the need for a reduced emphasis in Canadian cannabis policy on attempting to control supply. The major problem is that other options are limited because a drug that is prohibited cannot...
Prevalence and Profile of People with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders within a Comprehensive Mental Health System
Objective: To examine the prevalence and profile of people with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in relation to numerous demographic, diagnostic, and needs-related variables across a comprehensive system of mental health services using...
Prevalence of Co-Occurring Substance Use and Other Mental Disorders in the Canadian Population
Objective: Population health surveys around the world have studied the epidemiology of comorbid substance use disorders (SUDs) and other mental disorders as part of larger efforts to assess needs and direct integrated planning and delivery of services....
Should We Recriminalize Cannabis Use? the Case Against
Can J Psychiatry 2008;53(12):793-794If cannabis is a contributory cause of psychosis does it follow that we should recriminalize its use in countries that have removed criminal penalties? Leading politicians in Australia and the United Kingdom think...
Structure of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder in Patients with Binge Eating Disorder
Objective: To examine 1-, 2-, and 3-factor model structures through confirmatory analytic procedures for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) criteria in patients...
The Case for Policy Reform in Cannabis Control
Can J Psychiatry 2008;53(12):795-797This is not a debate on the harms of cannabis. These are well-known. Acute effects include accidents with motor vehicles or machinery, and adverse reactions.1,2 In the longerterm, cannabis has been associated with...
The Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders in Quebec's Older Adult Population
Objective: To document the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in Quebec's older adult population.Method: Data came from the Enquête sur la santé des aînés study conducted in 2005-2006 using a representative sample (n = 2798) of community-dwelling older...
The Incidence and Characteristics of Clozapine-Induced Fever in a Local Psychiatric Unit in Hong Kong
Objective: To determine the incidence, characteristics, and predictors of clozapine-induced fever in a sample of patients in a local psychiatric unit.Method: A retrospective review of case notes of 227 inpatients newly started on clozapine from March...