Introduction: Once a patient who experienced suicidal thoughts is feeling better and is ready for discharge, help them
create a safety plan so they can be prepared in case their emotional state deteriorates at some later point. For kids,
share this plan with the child’s parents and make sure it’s easy to find, e.g., by having it stored on the child’s phone.
Here's a sample blank safety plan:
You’ll sometimes encounter STDs among patients in psychiatric units. Here we review diagnoses and treatments for the
most common STDs. Inform patients that their partners should be treated simultaneously to prevent reinfection.
● Apathy is the most common behavioral disturbance in dementia, impacting up to 36% of patients with
dementia (Lyketsos CG et al, JAMA 2002 288;12:1475-1483) and 12% to 40% of people with mild cognitive
impairment (MCI) (Burgon C et al, Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2021;50(2):111–123).
● Apathy is almost universally present in patients with severe dementia but may also be the first sign of
dementia in some individuals. It’s associated with increased conversion from MCI to dementia and
worsened disease progression.
● Apathy’s been linked with impaired everyday functioning, increased carer burden, worse adherence to
interventions, and worse quality of life (Burgon C et al., Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2021;50(2):111–123).
Introduction: The 1968 case of Tatiana Tarasoff and Prosenjit Poddar in Oakland brought significant changes to mental
health law. After their relationship ended, a distressed Poddar told his therapist he planned to kill Tarasoff. Despite the
therapist's warning to police, Tarasoff wasn't informed and was later murdered by Poddar. This led to the creation of
"Tarasoff Warnings," requiring mental health professionals in California and other states to warn or protect individuals
from their patients' threats.
Supportive therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach focused on providing emotional and practical support and
strengthening a patient's coping mechanisms. Here we share tips for how to implement supportive therapy in the
Introduction: When patients become agitated and threatening, we often think first about chemical or physical
restraints, particularly if staff safety is at risk. But coercive interventions can be degrading and might escalate the
agitation and violence. Verbal de-escalation techniques can be very effective in calming a patient and potentially
eliminating the need for forceful interventions. In this guide we review the key principles of verbal de-escalation.
Introduction: Once you see a case of postpartum psychosis, you’ll never forget it. New mothers who appear stable one
day can become severely impaired almost overnight. These mothers are in no condition to care for their newborns and,
in extreme cases, might even pose a danger to the child. Here we dive into the key points in identifying and managing
this challenging condition
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective approach for patients with various mental health disorders, including
anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD —but only if they demonstrate motivation and a commitment to complete
therapeutic exercises and apply learned coping mechanisms.