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Archive for August, 2012

  • Antidepressants and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
    The focus of this article is to help help clinicians interpret research related to a clinical question. Perhaps more importantly, discussion of the issues and the tips aim to bolster understanding of research methodology and of critical appraisal of the literature in general.
  • Substance Abuse in Aging and Elderly Adults: New Issues for Psychiatrists
    In 2009, the elderly constituted 12.9% of the US population. This translates to 39.6 million—a number that is growing.1 Perhaps as a result of generational stereotyping or ageism, the topic of substance abuse and dependence is rarely associated with the elderly.
  • Autism and Schizophrenia
    Emerging study results suggest that there are both clinical and biological links between autism and schizophrenia. The question regarding whether there is phenotypic overlap or comorbidity between autism and schizophrenia dates back to 1943, when Kanner1 first used the term “autism” to describe egocentricity.
  • What’s New In: Initiatives in Integrative Mental Health
    The APA Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry ( was established in 2004 to represent psychiatrists practicing nonconventional therapies; to educate psychiatrists on safe, appropriate uses of nonconventional modalities; to facilitate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)-related research; to liaise with allied mental health professionals and CAM practitioners; and to educate psychiatrists on ethical, legal, and regulatory issues that affect the practice of CAM/integrative mental health (IMH).
  • A “Real” Psychiatrist
    As the end of my intern year approached, one of my chief residents told me that second year is the year “you really become a psychiatrist.”
  • Effective Personalized Strategies for Treating Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder causes havoc in patients’ lives. Even in the best of circumstances, successful treatment is challenging. Treatment targets constantly shift; patients are frequently nonadherent; and comorbidity is the rule, not the exception.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Rethinking What We Know
    Surprisingly, to the eyes of many experts, DSM-5 better captures the essence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) than previous versions did. Many clinicians (myself included) were dissatisfied with the descriptions of NPD in earlier versions of DSM.