September, 2011 | Vol: 9 Issue: 9

In this issue

Learning Objective


Drugs to Treat Alcoholism

Addiction, not surprisingly, behaves like other mental disorders. No one is too shocked when a patient with a history of major depression develops a new episode. The same is true of alcoholism: it often follows a relapsing-remitting course characterized by partial remission.

Treating Anxiety in Alcoholics [Subscribers Only]

Alcoholism and anxiety go hand in hand. The extent of this comorbidity is clear from the numbers: as many as 45% of patients with alcohol disorders meet diagnostic criteria for a co-occurring anxiety disorder.

Expert QA

Alcoholism in DSM-IV and DSM-5

Over 20 years ago, at the time of planning for DSM-IV, alcohol abuse was thought to be a milder form of alcohol dependence, or perhaps even something separate involving more episodic, as opposed to daily or near daily, drinking. However, new research has proven this is not so.

Research Update

St. John’s Wort or Celexa for Minor Depression?

Whether minor depression responds to antidepressant medication is up for debate, with few studies yielding mixed results.