Archives for PTSD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBCT: Couples Therapy for PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has traditionally been viewed by clinicians as a disorder of the individual. PTSD is a common issue for both active duty members and veterans of our military. Although common PTSD symptoms such as nightmares, disturbing memories, hyperarousal and insomnia do...
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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Healing the Traumatized Child

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet. New York: Knopf; 1924) Carl Jung said: “In every adult there lurks a child—an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed and calls for unceasing...
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Addiction

Research Updates in Psychiatry

ANTIPSYCHOTICS Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics Effective for Some Indications Over the past decade or so, atypical antipsychotic use has exploded, for both FDA approved indications and off-label treatments. A recent meta-analysis examined the efficacy (when compared to placebo), comparative effectiveness (when compared to another...
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Anti-anxiety

Update on Medications for PTSD

While psychotherapy remains the gold standard for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (see for example, Foa EB et al, Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. New York: Guilford Press; 2008), medications are often used to...
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ADHD

Tests to Detect Malingering

Psychiatric conditions are easy to fake, because there are no truly objective tests for their diagnoses. In one survey, members of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychologists estimated that some degree of symptom exaggeration occurs in 39% of mild head injury cases, in 30%...
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Carlat Psychiatry Report

PTSD: Is it “Real”?

A recent issue of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders (Vol. 21, 2007) focused on the troubling possibility that the PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) construct is not nearly as valid as has been assumed. The articles are both fascinating and provocative and are well worth...
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Addiction

Research Updates in Psychiatry

NATURAL TREATMENTS Vitamin E and Cognitive Function in Women Vitamin E, recommended variously for preventing cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and tardive dyskinesia, has taken quite a drubbing in recent years. Recent results from Harvard’s Women’s Health Study have put another nail in its coffin....
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