Benzodiazepine Use and Alzheimer’s Risk

If you’re like most psychiatrists, you get your fair share of older folks who come into the office complaining of difficulties with sleep or with significant symptoms of anxiety.

The Carlat Guide to Medications Used for Insomnia

This handy table lists the medications most often used to treat insomnia.

Sleeping Pills: Which Ones for Which Patients? [Subscribers Only]


Insomnia is one of the most common comorbidities you’ll see in your depressed and anxious patients. But it is often misunderstood. While the common view is that insomnia is caused by a primary psychiatric or medical condition, it is more accurate to simply say that patients have insomnia and depression at the same time. Insomnia is almost never an isolated problem.

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Benzodiazepines: A Guide to Safe Prescribing

Anxiety Disorders
The Carlat Report - Anxiety Disorders

Most of us who prescribe benzodiazepines (BZs) have a love-hate relationship with them. On the one hand, they work quickly and effectively for anxiety and agitation, but on the other hand, we worry about sedative side effects and the fact that they can be difficult to taper because of withdrawal symptoms.