Treating Psychosis (February)

Date of Issue: 02/01/2017 | Volume: 15 | Number: 2

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Evaluating and treating psychosis is a primary focus for many of our practices. In this issue, we offer tips and best practices around the Open Dialogue approach to patients with psychotic illnesses, and information on how to diagnose and treat first-episode psychosis.

In This Issue


Open Dialogue: A Novel Approach to Treating People With Psychotic Disorders

Topics: Free Articles | Inpatient Psychiatry

Open Dialogue, developed in the 1990s in Tornio, Finland, is both a way of communicating (while paying attention to one’s vocabulary) and a system of care. All communication about patients occurs in their presence and is based on respectful language that is often derived from the patient’s own words. Learn more about this technique as it applies to treating psychosis in this article.

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Expert Q&A

First-Episode Psychosis

It’s important to realize that psychosis can result from many different non-psychiatric conditions—for example, substance use, electrolyte imbalances, thyroid abnormalities, systemic infections, nutritional deficiencies, brain tumors, and seizures, among others. By the time we see them, patients have usually already had a basic medical evaluation in an inpatient hospital or emergency room, and most non-psychiatric medical causes have been ruled out.

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Anecdotes From the Field: Prescribing Ketamine

I started prescribing ketamine two years ago. I generally tend to be conservative in trying newer treatments—especially ones not yet approved—but I was very impressed with both its safety and efficacy.

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Post-Test for Treating Psychosis, TCPR, February 2017

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 1 CME credit.

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