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Suboxone: An Overview

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Substance Abuse

Opioid drugs represent one of the great triumphs of medicine, because they are extremely effective at relieving pain. Since the 1960s, multiple forms of synthetic opioids have been introduced, including such wellknown drugs as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet, Oxycontin).

Pharmacologic Treatment of Bipolar Depression [Free Article]

Bipolar Disorder - The Carlat Psychiatry Report (TCPR)

In bipolar disorder, depression is often the neglected stepchild. Mania gets more attention, perhaps because it presents so dramatically. Imagine two bipolar patients in an emergency room: one withdrawn and depressed, sitting quietly, and another ranting and pacing the room. Which one would be seen first?

Belsomra: A New Hypnotic? Don’t Get Too Excited [Free Article]

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Pharmacogenetics
Pharmacogenetics - The Carlat Psychiatry Report (TCPR)

In the wake (pun intended) of last year’s FDA warnings of next-morning impairment and the lower dosing recommendations for “Z drugs,” wouldn’t now be the perfect time for a new hypnotic to enter the marketplace?

PMS and PMDD: Mood Changes During the Menstrual Cycle [Free Article]

Women's Psychiatry - The Carlat Psychiatry Report (TCPR)

Of all the factors that contribute to mood, hormonal variations, such as those found in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) can have a particularly strong effect. I’ve heard some people, for instance, describe PMS as a “powerful spell” that women are put under once every month.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer [Free Article]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - The Carlat Behavioral Health Report

Although it has not been established how the effectiveness of DBT compares with that of other therapies, DBT is the most evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder.

OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia [Free Article]

Natural and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

More than 38% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7% using so-called “natural products." More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors.

Video Game Addiction [Free Article]

Problematic Technology - The Carlat Child Report (CCPR)

Video games have come a long way since Pac Man and Tetris. Games today simulate reality in massive user-generated worlds.

Which Electronic Health Record Should You Buy? A Review of Three Products

The Carlat Report - Electronic Medical Records

There are a lot of electronic health record (EHR—also called electronic medical record, or EMR) companies vying for your hard earned cash. How do you decide among them?

Four “New” Antidepressants. Or Are They? [Free Article]

What’s new in antidepressant treatment? Not much.

Latuda: “Procognitive” or Pro-Profit? [Free Article]

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Lurasidone (Latuda) was approved by the FDA for schizophrenia in October 2010 and is the 10th atypical antipsychotic in our toolbox. The key question is: does lurasidone have any advantages over existing agents, or is it just another “me-too” drug?