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Medical Comorbidities

November, 2012 | Vol: 10 Issue: 11

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Chronic Pain, Comorbidity, and Treatment Complexity

Medical Comorbidities, The Carlat Report, November 2012

Chronic pain is typically defined as pain lasting longer than three months, resulting from either a disease process or bodily injury that has not resolved as expected. It is a major and complex public health reality for almost one-third of the US population.

Fatigue: Causes and Treatments

How often are you faced with patients who come to you with “I’m exhausted,” “I have no energy,” “I’m dragging,” or “I can’t stay awake”? If you’re like most psychiatrists, you see this often, and at times simply giving a sleep aid is an unsatisfying or ineffective solution.

Drugs in the Pipeline: ALKS–5461

Since our feature article on “New Antidepressants” in the May 2012 TCPR, you may have heard some buzz about yet another new antidepressant undergoing clinical trials, this one with the less-than-sexy name ALKS-5461. Some news outlets have promoted it as “revolutionary.” What exactly is it?

Expert Q&A

Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Care

The health care system seems to be evolving towards the integration of primary and mental health care. What are the benefits of this model and how will it affect psychiatrists?