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. 41, No. 8, August

Adolescent Depression Tied to Adverse Outcomes Later
FROM THE JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH People who have depression during adolescence are about two to three times more likely than others to experience a range of adverse outcomes during the following decade, including poor overall health, such as...
Asperger's, PDD Patients Less Able to Recognize Fearful Faces
FROM RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Patients with Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder are less able to recognize fearful facial expressions, compared with controls, a recently published study shows. Moreover, the deficit...
Book Review: Author Offers Practical Advice for Couples Therapists
Infidelity, as noted by Dr. Scott Haltzman, is "the single most destructive act that a marriage must endure" and plays a role in one-third of marriages that end in divorce. Figuring out how to proceed after an affair comes to light is knowledge that...
Commentary: Families of Bipolar Patients Deserve Attention
It is impossible to underestimate the extent to which bipolar disorder affects the family members and caregivers of our patients. First of all, bipolar disorder has a strong genetic component. Up to 67% of children with at least one affected parent...
Commentary: The Clinician's Role in Face of Domestic Violence
Patients often use the clinical encounter to divulge intimate and sometimes frightening details about their domestic lives. Family secrets, especially those as serious as intimate partner violence, are highly charged and thus are challenging for us...
Commentary: When Smoking Cessation Efforts Go Too Far
I applaud the growing trend toward decreasing the prevalence of smoking among the general public. But as an addiction psychiatrist, I have come to disagree with what I consider an extremist approach toward patients with addiction to alcohol and illicit...
Doctors: Major Responsibility for Cost Control Is Not Ours
FROM JAMA When it comes to reducing health costs, physicians believe the burden of responsibility lies primarily with plaintiffs attorneys, followed by insurers, hospitals, drug and device makers, patients, and, lastly, themselves. Those conclusions...
Duloxetine Proves Beneficial in Patients with GAD
AT THE NCDEU MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Duloxetine proved safe and effective for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in the elderly in a phase IV clinical trial restricted to patients aged 65 years and up. This study fills a major gap...
Families in Psychiatry: Therapy in Romania and Lessons for the West
In the United States, family psychiatrists continue to deal with the fallout from the 1950s and 1960s, when the early family therapists located mental illness within the family and then touted family therapy as the cure. Families felt blamed and shied...
Florbetapir PET May Rule out Amyloidosis, Alzheimer's
AT AAIC 2013 BOSTON -- Brain amyloid imaging may help clinicians to rule Alzheimer's disease in or out and spare patients with other forms of dementia from the possibly harmful effects of antiamyloid therapies, a small study has shown. In a case...
Food for Thought: DASH Diet Slowed Cognitive Decline
AT AAIC 2013 BOSTON -- Eating well may be the best revenge against cognitive decline, a study has shown. Among 818 dementia-free participants in a longitudinal study of memory and aging, those who adhered to the basic components of the DASH (Dietary...
Injectable Antipsychotic Agents Seen as Link to Better Outcomes
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE NCDEU MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Many American psychiatrists have a bias against long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications, which constitutes a major barrier to broader use of this often advantageous form of therapy,...
In Vivo Tau Imaging Confirms One Patient's AD Diagnosis
AT AAIC 2013 BOSTON -- The first investigational tau radioligand for PET imaging has identified pathologic tangles in the brain of a man who was confirmed postmortem to have Alzheimer's disease. The patient who died was 1 of 12 participants in...
Levomilnacipran for MDD Also Improves Attention Deficits
AT THE NCDEU MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Levomilnacipran SR resulted in significant improvement in cognitive measures of attention and information processing in a phase III trial conducted in patients with major depressive disorder; the drug was...
Lisdexamfetamine Promising for Binge-Eating Disorder
AT THE NCDEU MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Not a single medication is approved for treatment of binge-eating disorder, but that could change if the favorable results of an ongoing phase III randomized trial of lisdexamfetamine mirror those of a recently...
Look for Adjustment Disorder in Suicidal Patients with Autism
FROM GENERAL HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRY Autism spectrum disorder patients who attempt suicide are younger and more likely to have comorbid adjustment disorder, compared with suicidal patients without autism. The findings come from what the investigators...
Metformin Beats Rivals in Protection against Dementia
AT AAIC 2013 BOSTON -- Older adults with type 2 diabetes who were taking metformin had a significantly lower 5-year risk for dementia than did peers who were taking other oral antidiabetic agents, investigators reported at the Alzheimer's Association...
Socially Vulnerable Victimized in Different Ways
FROM RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Patients with autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome are all socially vulnerable, but in "markedly different" ways. Understanding these differences might help tailor specific interventions to keep...
Suicide Rates Soaring among Middle-Aged Adults
FROM MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans rose a striking 28% over the last decade, a possible reflection of the stressful economic times. The annual, age-adjusted suicide rate among adults, aged 35-64...
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression Wide-Ranging
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE ALMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE LA JOLIA, CALIF. -- More than 20 years ago Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., then a new mom to a baby girl, found herself hospitalized four different times for stays that lasted 2-3 weeks each time. "No...
U.S. Lags Behind Peers in Risk Factors Tied to Poor Health
AT A PRESS BRIEFING HELD BY JAMA AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE WASHINGTON -- Americans are increasingly living with disabling conditions rather than dying from fatal diseases, while the country lags behind its economic peers in addressing risk factors...
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