Category Archives: Treatment

Patients With Bipolar Disorder Wait Six Years Before Receiving Diagnosis and Treatment

In a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 27 studies involving 9,415 patients and found that bipolar patients wait six years on average from the time their symptoms start to show up … Continue reading

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Task Force Calls for Depression Screening During and After Pregnancy

This week the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated their recommendations on screening for depression in adults. Included in the recommendations is the screening of women for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. This is the first time … Continue reading

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Atypical Antipsychotic Shows Promise for New MDD Subtype

New to the diagnosis of major depressive disorder as of DSM-5 is the specifier “with mixed features.” According to DSM-5, “specifiers provide an opportunity to define a more homogeneous subgrouping of individuals with the disorder who share certain features (e.g., … Continue reading

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Watching Individual Neurons Respond During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to treat refractory major depression. Until now, there was no way of knowing exactly what changes were taking place in the brain as a result of treatment. Duke University neuroscientists and engineers have developed … Continue reading

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Violence and Schizophrenia: The Subject of ’60 Minutes’

The CBS television program “60 Minutes” aired a special report about the issue of recent tragic mass shootings as preventable tragedies and the failures of the US mental health system. The show interviewed experts Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., president of APA and … Continue reading

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Increased Doctor Workloads Can Compromise Patient Safety

A survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed that 40 percent of doctors believe that the number of patients that visited them over a period of one month often exceeded safe levels. 36 percent of these doctors reported a frequency … Continue reading

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Major Changes to CPT Codes for Psychiatry in 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, major changes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)—the AMA codes used for billing and documentation for all insurers will take place. Five areas of the psychiatric codes section are being modified or eliminated. Changes to the current … Continue reading

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In-Person and Electronic Interventions for Improving Adherence in Schizophrenia

Research published in October Schizophrenia Bulletin by Velligan and colleagues, evaluated adherence to oral medications in 142 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia living in the community. Three methods of assessment were used: 1) an in-person, weekly home visit; 2) an electronic … Continue reading

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Pain Week

PAINWeek is the nation’s largest pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management. Over 1500 physicians, nursing professionals, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and psychologists attended this year. Courses offering over 100 hours of continuing medical education were … Continue reading

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The Prevalence of ADHD Revisited

A study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published this week in the Journal of Attention Disorders sought to evaluate the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Monitoring the prevalence of ADHD is an … Continue reading

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