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. 43, No. 11, November

App Found Feasible for Managing Schizophrenia
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK -- A smartphone app designed to provide automated, real-time support for patients with symptoms of schizophrenia demonstrated promising results in a feasibility study, according to...
Art Therapy and CPT Benefit PTSD, Early Results Suggest
EXPERT ANALYSIS AT INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK -- When art therapy is adjunctively combined with cognitive-processing therapy in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, there is a trend for improvement in the Beck Depression...
Asynchronous Telepsychiatry Trial on the Way
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK--Asynchronous telepsychiatry, labeled as a virtual mental health technology, has shown sufficient promise that it is being tested in a randomized trial, according to those instrumental...
Clown Therapy in Peru: Maria Leaves Abuse Behind
Every August for the last 7 years, I have gone with Dr. Patch Adams, the world's most recognized humanitarian clown, and 100 other clowns from around the world, to participate in the Belen Festival. This is a community health project that educates...
Disaster Psychiatry-Nepal, Ebola, and Beyond
EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK -- After the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, Disaster Psychiatry Outreach sent in volunteers who found preexisting issues that made their mental health response challenging...
Does Psychiatric Treatment Prevent Suicide?
Over the past 2 decades, more and more people have been treated with antidepressant medications. In the same period of time, suicide rates have gone up--not down. To those of us who treat patients, this fact is both surprising and perplexing. It seems...
Early Patient Engagement Tied to Psychosis Outcomes
FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Integrated, patient-centered treatment delivered earlier in people with first-episode psychosis lead to better outcomes than standard community care, primary results from the RAISE study have shown. "These...
How Best to Improve ECT's Long-Term Effectiveness?
AT THE ECNP CONGRESS AMSTERDAM -- Electroconvulsive therapy's efficacy in rapid relief from depression is well established, particularly in the elderly, but the best ways to improve the treatment's overall effectiveness over time remain a puzzle....
Malpractice Premiums Flat, but Are Changes Ahead?
Physicians paid about the same in liability insurance premiums in 2015 as in 2014, and analysts don't see costs changing anytime soon. A nationwide survey of insurers by the Medical Liability Monitor shows that 71% of insurance premiums did not change...
Marijuana Use Doubles to Nearly 10% in U.S. Adults
FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY The past-year prevalence of marijuana use among U.S. adults more than doubled in 2012-2013, compared with 2001-2002. Meanwhile, the prevalence of marijuana use disorder among users decreased significantly during those periods,...
Mindfulness Intervention Helps Veterans with PTSD
FROM JAMA Veterans with PTSD who participated in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program experienced greater decrease in symptom severity, compared with those who participated in present-centered group therapy, according to a randomized, controlled...
Nighttime Caffeine Consumption Delays Melatonin Rhythm
FROM SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE A double espresso-sized dose of caffeine consumed 3 hours before bedtime delayed the normal onset of the melatonin rhythm by about 40 minutes, researchers reported in Science Translational Medicine. "In addition...
Online Neurocognitive Test Is Versatile Clinical Tool
EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK -- An online neurocognitive test designed to provide reliable objective information about memory, concentration, and emotional well-being is a highly effective tool not only for guiding...
Prevention Programs Tied to Drop in Suicide Attempts
FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY Federally funded suicide prevention programs might have helped avert more than 79,000 suicide attempts by young people over a 3-year period, said authors of a national observational study. Counties that implemented the comprehensive,...
Psychiatrists' Role in Bariatric Surgery Critical
Obesity has been officially declared a global epidemic by the World Health Organization. In virtually every region of the world, obesity's adverse health effects are a well-documented public health crisis that affects people of all ages. In light of...
Responding to Online Physician Review Sites
Recently, Niam Yaraghi of the Brookings Institution caused quite a kerfuffle regarding the validity of online doctor reviews in a U.S. News & World Report op-ed piece titled, "Don't Yelp Your Doctor." In it, he argues that customers are "generally...
Sexual Abuse History May Promote Chronic Migraine
AT IHC 2015 VALENCIA, SPAIN -- A history of childhood sexual abuse is nearly fourfold more common among chronic migraine patients than in those with episodic migraine, Dr. Brad Torphy reported at the International Headache Congress. This association...
The Perplexing Phantom Appointment
How often do you encounter phantom appointments? What are phantom appointments? They're patient visits that are nowhere on your schedule. I'm not talking about someone who shows up on the wrong day or time. That's at least partly understandable....
U.S. Gun Ownership Deemed a Public Health Issue
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE INSTITUTE ON PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES NEW YORK -- The prevalence of guns in the United States is a public health issue that must be addressed head-on by clinicians--including psychiatrists, experts said at the American Psychiatric...
Watch out for Overlapping Insomnia, Sleep Apnea
EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE 2015 PSYCH CONGRESS SAN DIEGO -- As if having insomnia or sleep-disordered breathing isn't challenging enough, some patients turn out to have "complex insomnia"--a combination of moderate/severe insomnia disorders and specific...
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