Anxiety (May)

Date of Issue: 04/01/2018 | Volume: 16 | Number: 5

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Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are widely used yet much maligned. With so little research available, psychiatrists continue to have many questions. Is there a risk of addiction, and just how effective are these medications? In this issue, we look at the research and offer some recommendations.

In This Issue


Benzodiazepines for Anxiety: Where They Fit In

Topics: Anxiety | Anxiety Disorder | Free Articles | Registered Articles

Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are widely used, rarely studied, and much maligned. So where exactly do they fit in today’s medication arsenal for treating anxiety? This article discusses when BZDs are appropriate and when they are not, and how to choose among the various BZDs. But before doing so, let’s first address the elephant that always seems to be lurking in the BZD room: their addictive potential.

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Expert Q&A

Anxious Distress: A New DSM Diagnosis

There’s a new diagnosis in the DSM-5 called anxious distress. But is this truly a new diagnosis, or just another way of defining depression? This month, we spoke with Mark Zimmerman, MD, a clinician and leading researcher on the topic of anxious distress, to get some answers.

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Research Update

Neurofeedback and Adult ADHD

With neurofeedback, patients are hooked up to an EEG and shown images through various forms of media. The idea is that the EEG can detect brain waves that are associated with improvement in various symptoms, and then the patient can be taught to produce “healthier” brain waves.

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Research Update

Is SSRI Efficacy Real, or Just a Placebo Response?

Over the last several years, there’s been a lively debate about the efficacy of antidepressants. Meta-analyses have shown that antidepressants do outperform placebo in most studies. However, active medications cause more side effects than placebo pills.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Anxiety, TCPR, May 2018

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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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