Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Journal for advanced practice psychiatric nurses providing current research, clinical application, and knowledge about the field.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, July-September

AGPN News
In April, the ISPN membership approved a Board proposal to create a new division, Adult and Geropsychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (AGPN). Since then, the AGPN leadership has been developing a mission statement and reviewing potential projects. Suffice...
Assaultive Behavior Intervention in the Veterans Administration: Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy Compared to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
PURPOSE. To compare the efficacy of a psychodynamic psychotherapy group (PPG) and a cognitive-behavior group (CBG) for male veterans with a history of assault. METHODS. Data collected included the Addiction Severity Index, the Overt Aggression...
Complementary Herbal and Alternative Drugs in Clinical Practice
TOPIC. Complementary and alternative medicine agents (CAMs) PURPOSE. To summarize the current empirical data about the major CAMs purporting to have psychotherapeutic value. SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Extant literature. CONCLUSIONS. Available...
Integrated Perspectives: Spirituality and Psychotherapy: An Important Combination
This column discusses the concepts of an integrated psychotherapeutic approach to patient care and explores some of the underlying principles that make it beneficial. Using the terms spirituality and psychotherapy in the same sentence may seem...
Mechanisms and Treatments of SSRI-Induced Sexual Dysfunction. (Biological Perspectives)
Individuals treated for depression frequently experience sexual dysfunction as a side effect. This specific side effect commonly presents when depressed people take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Although other antidepressants...
Perspectives on Prescribing: Pioneers' Narratives and Advice
PURPOSE. To recount "pearls of wisdom" concerning prescriptive privileges of the psychiatric nursing pioneers. METHODS. A thematic analysis of documented "stories" from 32 psychiatric APNs concerning acquisition of and having prescriptive privileges....
This Is Insane!
The case of Andrea Yates, the Houston mother who drowned her five children in the family bathtub, has spurred public debate about methods of prosecuting the mentally ill, the dangers of postpartum depression, sanity, and the appropriate use of the...