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. 45, No. 2, February

ACA Repeal Will Prove Good for Psychiatric Practice
As a psychiatrist who ran a solo private practice for more than 40 years, I welcome the demise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Why? Because so many of the ACA's requirements have worked against the best interests of my patients. The reality is...
Adjunctive Brexpiprazole Gets Good Results for MDD: Antipsychotic Lifts Fatigue, Improves Cognitive Function
VIENNA -- Adjunctive brexpiprazole in patients with an inadequate response to antidepressant monotherapy for major depressive disorder resulted in clinically meaningful improvement in multiple aspects of functional impairment, including cognitive dysfunction,...
Brain Breakthroughs: Goals: Finding Cures, Ending Stigma
BETHESDA, MD. -- Top researchers are looking to the increased funding for basic neuroscience research made possible by the 21st Century Act to lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of brain function and dysfunction that could help end the stigma...
Cariprazine Addresses Schizophrenia's Negative Symptoms
VIENNA -- Cariprazine appears to improve predominant negative symptoms of schizophrenia as well as functional status in affected patients, Istvan Bitter, MD, PhD, DSci, reported at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology....
Climate Change: A Call to Action for Psychiatry
In a recent survey of about 90 psychiatrists attending a national general psychiatry meeting, the overwhelming majority believed that climate change is human caused and the impacts were already or would soon be harming their patients. They expressed...
Deaths Tied to Fentanyl, Heroin Overdoses Drive U.S. Opioid Crisis
OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS continue to rise in the United States, with a 16% increase between 2014 and 2015 driven largely by overdoses of illegally manufactured fentanyl and heroin, according to a report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control...
Developing a Personal Scale for Evaluating Agitation
AGITATION. As a mental health professional, you know it when you see it. While technically, it is the behavior that precedes aggression and violence, every clinical setting has its own flavor, from the voluntary psychiatric unit where I see my most...
Involuntary Care Should Be a True Last Resort
Once again, there has been another senseless tragedy: a mass murder that leaves us all feeling vulnerable. Early last month, a gunman flew from Anchorage, Alaska, to Florida; retrieved a gun from his checked baggage; and opened fire on total strangers...
Ketamine: Drug Is Emerging as a Top Treatment for Cocaine Dependence
VIENNA -- The prospect on the horizon of two new effective therapies for chronic cocaine dependence--sustained-release dextroamphetamine and subanesthetic ketamine infusions --was among the top developments of the year in addiction medicine, Wim van...
New Report Highlights Gaps in Knowledge on Marijuana Use
A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shines a light on what the existing literature says about the perceived health benefits and dangers of using cannabis and cannabinoids. "What little we know for certain...
Personality Disorders on the Acute Care Unit
WE ALL KNOW THESE PATIENTS: * The young man who, when his name shows up on the ED board, everyone lets out a little groan, knowing his hospital stay will be long and tumultuous. * The middle-aged woman who seems to want your care and attention...
Recognizing Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Psychosis
VIENNA -- Prominent psychiatric symptoms are common in patients with anti-N-methyl-D-asparate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis and often occur prior to onset of obvious neurologic symptoms, Maarten J. Titulaer, MD, PhD, said at the annual congress of...
Study: ACA Repeal Could Quadruple Uncompensated Care
An expected partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act would hit physicians' bottom line, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute. "Partial ACA repeal could lead to a fourfold increase in the amount of uncompensated care providers finance...
What's Next for Deep Brain Stimulation in OCD? Two Hypotheses about Nature of Illness to Be Tested
VIENNA -- Even though deep brain stimulation has been used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder in fewer than 300 patients worldwide, the therapy has had a huge impact on understanding of the disorder, Damiaan Denys, MD, PhD, said at the annual congress...
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