Clinical Pearls in Perinatal Psychiatry

Hi! You’re listening to the Psychopharmacology Institute podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Wegdan Rashad and this is the show that aims to help you, the mental health clinician stay sharp on psychopharm! Today our episode is focused on perinatal psychiatry. Did you know that in the US, July and August are the months with the most births in the year?…

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How will understanding early immune dysfunction improve outcomes for young people with psychosis?

The link between inflammation and mental health disorders is an area of interest for the field and particularly in psychosis. We know a number of environmental and early childhood experiences increase your risk of psychosis really quite dramatically, childhood adversity, bullying, deprivation you know living in an urban environment. What inflammation does or the immune system does is allow us…

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Dr. Ruheena Khan – Treating Mental Health

As family doctors, we focus on physical health but we also focus on mental health. Most people think that they need to see a psychiatrist, but that’s not actually the case. As family doctors, we do have the ability to start our patients who are in need of medications for their mental well-being, and we can certainly do that when…

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AJP February 2020 Issue Highlights

With the FDA approval of a form a ketamine for the treatment of major depressive disorder, marked interest has arisen in potential other uses for ketamine. Dakwar and colleagues report new findings that combine ketamine with an important form of psychotherapy in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. The study uses a form of psychotherapy called motivational enhancement therapy, and…

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AJP Author Spotlight: Law Enforcement, Psychiatry, and People Living With Mental Illness

The American Journal of Psychiatry – Collaboration to Reduce Tragedy and Improve Communities: Law enforcement, Psychiatry, and People Living with Mental Illness – AJP-16-08-0985.R2 Transcript Video 1: Case #1 Nils A. Rosenbaum (NAR): Hi I’m Nils Rosenbaum. I’m a psychiatrist. I work with the Albuquerque Police Department. Matthew A. Tinney (MAT): And I’m Matthew Tinney. I’m a detective at the…

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AJP January 2020 Issue Highlights

Telomeres are the portions of the chromosome that have drawn tremendous interest in psychiatry in recent years. And this is because when we document the shortening of telomeres over the lifespan, we learn something about the effects of aging and potentially stress on the health of our genes. Esteves and colleagues report new findings that look at the shortening of…

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October 2019 AJP Editor Spotlight: Brain Imaging to Predict Symptomatic Response in Psychosis

Smucny and colleagues make use of brain imaging in a way that is different from in many of the studies that we see in the literature. Many of these studies examine simple, cross-sectional relationships either between one disorder with healthy people or maybe among a number of disorders. Smucny and colleagues examine long-term outcomes in patients with psychotic disorders, and…

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January 2020 AJP Editor Spotlight: Maternal Bacterial Infection and Offspring Psychosis Risk

There’s a long history of research examining the relationship between perinatal adversity and schizophrenia. Lee and colleagues report important, new findings that examine this link once more. And there are a few things that are notable about the new findings. For one, they concern bacterial infections during pregnancy. And this is one of the first, if not the first, observations…

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PS Author Spotlight: mHealth vs. Clinic-Based Group Intervention for Mental Illness Treatment

FOCUS is a mobile health intervention specifically designed for people with serious mental illness. The main FOCUS intervention areas are medication use; coping with auditory hallucinations or voices; managing mood problems, including depression and anxiety; sleep difficulties; and enhancing social functioning, which includes social skills training and cognitive strategies designed to help users evaluate and challenge paranoid beliefs. Once installed…

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