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Nootropics & Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?

September 8th, 2014
Nootropics and Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?With an ongoing desire for “natural” products, and disappointment with the cost and efficacy of current prescription medications, more patients have turned to supplements. As a psychiatrist, the more ...

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Sign Up for Our Pro Newsletter, Get 20 Percent Off CEUsWe are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Zur Institute to offer our members a 20 percent discount code of which is applied to all 170+ online CE courses.   The discount also applies to Essential 60 Clinical Forms, HIPAA Compliant Kit, and other private practice material. The Zur Institute is accredited to give CE credits to psychologists, social workers, MFTs, counselors, LPC and nurses. If ...

Acupuncture in a Psychiatric Practice

Acupuncture in a Psychiatric PracticeIs acupuncture a useful alternative therapy for your patients? Perhaps. In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey noted that more than three million American adults were using acupuncture each year to ease chronic pain, a number that is likely to have risen in the past five years. Although acupuncture originated in China, the practice evolved and changed with each culture that adopted it. The many variations in styles may confound clinical studies and ...


From Reflections from a Children's Therapist:

Self-Care for Therapists

yoga-422196_640 Being a therapist is an amazing, rewarding, challenging job. As a therapist who also has a family and two other part-time jobs, it is extremely important for me to consider self-care. This is important for any therapist and really for everyone else to consider, as well. To live a healthy, fulfilled, satisfying life you must take moments out of your ...


From Private Practice Toolbox:

Therapist Blog Challenge #15: Parenting Tips

challenge_15 It’s been a few weeks since our last Therapist Blog Challenge, but I’m ready to hit the ground running again if you are! Therapist blog challenge #15 focuses on parenting defiant young children. This is something that every parent has experienced, and you as a professional may be able to provide some insight on this topic. Use the following ...


From Private Practice Kickstart:

Do You Care to Share? 5 Ways to Share your Message

5 Ways to Marketing Your Private PracticeLast time we talked about your writing your marketing message for your private practice here. Now let’s talk about what to do with it. How do you get your message out to the world? Start with who you know. My friends and colleagues knew me, but they didn’t all know who I helped and ...

 

Nootropics & Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?

Nootropics and Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?With an ongoing desire for “natural” products, and disappointment with the cost and efficacy of current prescription medications, more patients have turned to supplements. As a psychiatrist, the more you know about these supplements, the better you can have a conversation about their known risks and benefits. Nootropics One relatively new group of supplements is called the “nootropics,” otherwise known as “smart drugs” or “neuroenhancers.” Young urban professional men, and students, ...

Don’t Let PowerPoint Overpower Your Point

Don't Let PowerPoint Overpower Your Point You’ve been asked to present a talk at a civic organization. Or you have been accepted to present a paper at a conference. Or maybe a colleague has asked you to do a guest lecture for her class at a local college. Hmm. Is it time to make a PowerPoint presentation? Maybe. Only maybe. If you’ve ever sat through a PowerPoint talk full of slides too hard to ...

Q&A With the Expert: Diet & Mental Health

Q & A with the expert: Diet and Mental HealthTCPR: Dr. Ramsey, how did you get involved and interested in the role of diet in mental health? Dr. Ramsey: About five years ago, I was running a day treatment program where almost everyone was obese and we were feeding patients an institutional lunch. One of our public psychiatry fellows implemented a lifestyle intervention, and that got me curious about what would be the best diet if you were ...


Autism Spectrum Disorder: DSM-5 Changes, Epidemiology & Outcomes

Autism Spectrum Disorder: DSM-5 Changes, Epidemiology, and OutcomesThe definition of autism has evolved over the seven decades since Leo Kanner first described this unique syndrome in 1943. Variously referred to as “childhood schizophrenia” in the 1950s and 1960s, and “infantile autism” in the 1980s, it was ultimately classified as a “pervasive developmental disorder” (PDD) in DSM-IV-TR. DSM-5, published in 2013, includes a new, all-encompassing category, “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD), which incorporates autism and a number of autism-related ...

Physical Activity Improves Mental Health in Obese Adults

Research Updates in PsychiatryMuch research over the past decade has demonstrated the benefits of physical exercise in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. What’s not clear, however, is whether exercise provides a benefit specifically in obese adults, or whether even low levels of physical activity may also be helpful in this population. Investigators studied 850 patients with severe obesity being evaluated for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery as part of the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2 (LABS-2) observational study. All ...

 

Q&A: Running a Private Practice

This Month’s Expert Running a Private PracticeTCPR: Dr. Dunne, please tell us about your training and experience in helping psychiatrists work as independent practitioners. Dr. Dunne: I have been involved in the private practice committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) since about 1980. Over the years, I have run workshops on starting a group practice, starting a private practice, marketing a practice, closing a practice, and managing a practice. Right now I focus ...

Q&A: Employment for Adults with Autism

This Month’s Expert Employment for Adults with AutismTCPR: Dr. Standifer, can you tell us a little about your background working with adults with autism? Dr. Standifer: I am a researcher and instructional designer in a support office for state vocational rehabilitation agencies. We cover a wide range of disabilities and educate vocational rehab counselors about best practices on specific disabilities or specific approaches to employment. TCPR: Can you please define what, generally, is “vocational rehab”? Dr. Standifer: Every state vocational ...

Belief in God Improves Treatment Outcomes

Research Updates in PsychiatryA comprehensive psychiatric evaluation usually includes questions about a patient’s spirituality and religious beliefs, but there is little research to show whether or how spiritual or religious factors may contribute to mental health. A recent study demonstrates that belief in God is significantly associated with better treatment outcomes, although the reasons for this connection remain unknown. Researchers recruited 159 patients in a psychiatric day-treatment program in an academic hospital in the Boston area. Interviewing patients ...

Maintenance of Certification & Licensure

Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of LicensureIf you’ve recently become a board certified psychiatrist, you’re probably aware of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. MOC was created in 2000 by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for their 24 specialty boards, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). It was designed to address a perceived need by the public for greater accountability from physicians in terms of continuous quality improvement, competence, and protection of the ...

CPT Codes in Psychiatry: A Primer

CPT: A PrimerSince the start of 2013, we’ve all been using them—the new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for Psychiatry, and Evaluation and Management (E/M). Despite the initial confusion, most of us have probably come up with some working system by now. In this article I’ll discuss the most frequently used codes for outpatient psychiatry, and other information that should help streamline the coding process and make it clearer and more bearable. E/M codes were first introduced in ...

Marijuana May Hurt Cognitive Function; Anti-Inflammatory Drug an Antidepressant?

Research Updates in PsychiatrySUBSTANCE USE Marijuana May Hurt Cognitive Function, Worse with Heavier Use Does marijuana affect cognitive function? There seems to be no shortage of opinions on this question, but no prospective, longitudinal study has ever been published. Until now, that is. Researchers in New Zealand followed more than 1,000 subjects from their birth in 1972–1973 until age 38, to ask whether regular cannabis users showed any evidence of cognitive decline. The answer, surprisingly (or not, depending on where ...