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Archive for December, 2011

  • Suicide: Psychache and Alienation
    Psychache (sīk-āk), a neologism coined by suicidologist Edwin Shneidman,1 is unbearable psychological pain—hurt, anguish, soreness, and aching. Shneidman theorized that unresolved psychache results in suicidal behavior.
  • A New Report on Pain in America: Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
    The title of this column comes from a quote often attributed to the great baseball player Yogi Berra. It is used to acknowledge that something that is supposed to be new is in fact very familiar. As I read the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research,1 I experienced a feeling of déjà vu.
  • Psychosomatic Symptoms in Children With Chronic Medical Illness
    Almost one-fifth of US children younger than 18 years (14.2 million) have a chronic illness that results in the need for special health care.
  • The Medication Check as Psychotherapeutic Opportunity
    The increasing demand for psychiatrists to provide medication only has captured the attention of both professional and lay audiences.1-3
  • The Basic Principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    Although therapy must be tailored to the individual, there are, nevertheless, certain principles that underlie cognitive behavior therapy for all ...
  • Children and Pets: A Winning Combination
    More than 50 years ago, Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts,” coined the term “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Schulz may have been more visionary than he recognized.
  • The Link Between Immune System Dysregulation and Schizophrenia
    The theory of the role inflammation in the etiology of schizophrenia was formulated more than 100 years ago and has recently gained momentum with numerous new data that support this theory.
  • Cultural Considerations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    The onset of psychiatric illness in a child is a life-changing event for families. Families from immigrant and ethnocultural communities often must come to an understanding of their child’s psychiatric difficulties while simultaneously interacting with an unfamiliar health care system and its practitioners.
  • The Early Psychiatrist: A Piercing Eye and Commanding Presence
    Among the many changes in psychiatric practice often attributed to the psychotherapist Carl Rogers was a shift in the therapist’s relationship with the patient. In particular, Rogers is rightly famous for advocating a “client-centered” or “person-centered” therapy.
  • Evaluation and Management of Low Back Pain
    Although several guidelines have been published on the diagnosis and treatment of acute LBP (most notably that issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 19941), there has been a dearth of similar guidelines based on the scientific literature for chronic LBP.