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DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis

August 26th, 2014
I had just come off my first overnight shift. From 8pm to 8am, I was the go-to resident for any issues that arose on any of the three psychiatry units, along with any emergent psychiatric consults from anywhere in the hospital. A psych patient couldn’t sleep? My pager went off. Another fell while getting himself ...

Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles & Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians (2nd Edition)

BOOK REVIEW.
It was a few weeks into my psychiatry residency, the print barely dry on my medical school diploma, when I met a patient we’ll call Sarah. Up to that point, the majority of those I had cared for on the inpatient psychiatry ward had been in and out of mental health care for years. When ...

Public Service Psychiatry

Public Service PsychiatryWho says psychiatry is a profession in an ivory tower, alone? The image many have of psychiatrists is that of a scholar working at the elite level of psychological theory and practice, working with wealthy clientele in a private practice setting or forced to ...

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert Hudak

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert HudakSouthwest Pennsylvania National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual conference at the beginning of April, and one of their afternoon breakout workshop presenters was Dr. Robert Hudak, assistant professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric ...

[A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist

BOOK REVIEW.
[A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author's journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line "spiritual atheist," uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step recovery programs. As an atheist, Ackerman's point of view is unique among recovery-oriented and 12-step literature. Many people struggling with ...

Is Adult ADHD Linked to Addiction?

Is Adult ADHD Linked to Addiction?The prevalence of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) greatly exceeds the prevalence of this diagnosis among the adult population. This could be, perhaps, because the disorder is more difficult to diagnose in adults. Research suggests that one to ...

The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana Use

The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana UseA recent global review of marijuana (cannabis) suggests it has been used by one in 25 adults aged 15 to 64 years. Published in the Lancet, the report focuses on nonmedical use. Its authors, led by Professor Wayne Hall of the ...

Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for Recovery

Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for RecoveryAlcoholics go through a period of grieving when they give up drinking. For those dually-diagnosed with alcoholism and depression, the grief over not being able to drink is intensified. That's usually because once people with co-occurring disorders stop drinking, all the feelings ...

Depression and Substance Abuse: The Chicken or the Egg?

Depression and Substance AbuseThere's a saying in the recovery movement: Alcohol and drug addiction can cause mental illness but mental illness does not cause addiction. However, some mental illnesses, especially those that are not quickly diagnosed and treated, can trigger the use of alcohol and drugs. Depressive disorders ...

Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia

It’s safe to say that no mental disorder is more shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and fear than schizophrenia. “The modern-day equivalent of leprosy” is how renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., refers to schizophrenia in his excellent book, Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers. While 85 percent of Americans recognize ...

Living with Schizophrenia

Living with Schizophrenia“Your daughter has schizophrenia,” I told the woman. “Oh, my God, anything but that,” she replied. “Why couldn’t she have leukemia or some other disease instead?” “But if she had leukemia she might die,” I pointed out. “Schizophrenia is a much more treatable disease.” The woman ...

Is Alcohol Spoiling Your Romance?

When I first talk to people about couples therapy, I usually ask: "Do you drink alcohol? Does your partner?" and if so, "How much?" I also ask whether they use other mind-altering drugs and intoxicants. Please understand — I'm not opposed to having a good time. Some people can drink in moderation without ill effects. ...

Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

BOOK REVIEW.
Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin By Norah Vincent New York: Viking, December 2008 Hardcover, 283 pages $25.95 Immersion journalism, as it’s called, can be kind of fun on a limited basis. In my days as a reporter, in pursuit of stories I volunteered to get Tasered and learned how to snowshoe. (The Tasering was ...

National Association for Dually Diagnosed Celebrates 25 Years

People with both intellectual disability and mental illness are a small population -- less than one percent of people worldwide. But it’s a small population with very big needs. In 1983, Robert Fletcher, DSW, ACSW founded an organization to serve that often-overlooked population. The result is the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD). At ...

What is Al-Anon and Alateen?

The Al-Anon (for adults) and Alateen (for teens) program is a Twelve Step program for the relatives and friends of alcoholics or someone who is or has been a problem drinker. It is not uncommon for potential newcomers to attend Al-Anon because someone they care about is dependent on both alcohol and drugs, or other ...

Mood Disorders and Alcohol/Drug Use

The term mood describes a pervasive and sustained emotional state that may affect all aspects of an individual's life and perceptions. Mood disorders are pathologically elevated or depressed disturbances of mood, and include full or partial episodes of depression or mania. A mood episode (for example, major depression) is a cluster of symptoms that occur ...

Mental Health And Addiction Treatment Theories and Approaches

For people with dual disorders (also known as "dual diagnosis"), the attempt to obtain professional help can be bewildering and confusing. They may have problems arising within themselves as a result of their psychiatric and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders as well as problems of external origin that derive from the conflicts, limitations, ...

Dual Disorders: Concepts and Definitions

The Relationships Between Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Psychiatric Symptoms and Disorders Establishing an accurate diagnosis for patients in addiction and mental health settings is an important and multifaceted aspect of the treatment process. Clinicians must discriminate between acute primary psychiatric disorders and psychiatric symptoms caused by alcohol and other drugs (AODs). To do so, ...
 
 
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