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What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

October 22nd, 2014
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?Faraday was the first to discover the principle of mutual induction in 1831 and in his law, quantified the conversion of electrical energy into magnetic fields and vice versa. Magnetic stimulation ...

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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:

Helping the Emotional Child (and Adult)

Emotional child with Stressed Parent/Mom Every child, every person, is unique. Each child has their own unique personality, their own strengths, their own areas for growth, and their own particular character traits. Some children tend to be more laid back and adjust to changes more easily than others while other children tend to be more “higher maintenance” and ...


From Private Practice Toolbox:

Choosing the Right Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Your Private Practice

Electronic Health RecordThe key to running any company smoothly is to keep meticulous and clear records, and psychotherapy private practices are no exception. Virtually all businesses today operate with an electronic data-keeping system; paper files don’t cut it anymore. More and more private practitioners are moving toward a paperless practice, which includes a professional Electronic Health Record. And advances in ...


From Private Practice Kickstart:

Guest Post: Tips for Writing Notes Part 3 – Putting It All Together with a Template

Blog 1Guest Post by Dr. Maelisa Hall. This is part 3 of a 3 part series on clinical documentation. Now that we’ve covered the mindset needed for good clinical notes, let’s get to the technical part- templates. I recommend every therapist pick a template they ...

 

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 ...

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 ...


OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia

OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and InsomniaMore than 38 percent of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7 percent using so-called “natural products” (Barnes PM et al, CDC Nat Health Stat Rep #12, 2008). More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors (AARP/ NCCAM Survey of US Adults 50+, 2010). Whether or not you share your patients’ enthusiasm for ...

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 ...

 

Outpatient Psychiatric Care for Developmental Disabilities

Outpatient Psychiatric Care for Developmental DisabilitiesBetween 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent of people in the US population have a developmental disorder, which includes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (often defined by having an IQ ≤70) (Morstad, D; Bethesda Institute How Prevalent Are Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States? March 2012: http://bit.ly/16omOPA). ASD occurs in one out of 50 school children and at least 1% of older adults (Blumberg SJ et al, National Center for ...

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 ...