Race and Mental Health (May)

Date of Issue: 05/01/2022 | Volume: 20 | Number: 5

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Microaggressions, implicit bias, drapetomania and more . . . Kali Cyrus details the concepts you need to know about race and psychiatry. When you’re ready to use a tricyclic for depression, nortriptyline is a good one to start with, and the serum levels of this drug are worth following. Varenicline (Chantix) is back on the market – in generic form – and it’s one of the most effective meds we have for nicotine cessation.

In This Issue

Clinical Update

How to Use Varenicline (Chantix)

Topics: Chantix | Generics | Smoking Cessation | Smoking Cessation Agents | Tobacco | Varenicline

There are three medications with FDA approval for nicotine dependence: Nicotine replacement therapies, bupropion, and varenicline. Varenicline (Chantix) is arguably the most effective, but cost and concerns about neuropsychiatric side effects have limited its use, and a recent recall of the product temporarily stopped it entirely.

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Expert Q&A

Racism and Psychiatry

Topics: Black youth | Disparities | Diversity | Patient relationship | Race | Respectful Care

Race and identity are hot topics, even for White people, so psychiatrists need to find a better way to talk about it. The pandemic brought the dynamics of oppression and inequality to the forefront in medicine. Racism is not just happening in the news, the protests, and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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Clinical Update

Tricyclic Antidepressants: When and How to Use Them

Topics: Antidepressants | Dosing | Side Effects | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Weight gain

Tricyclics have been used in psychiatry since the 1950s, when imipramine was introduced as the first mass-marketed antidepressant. Fluoxetine and the other SSRIs largely supplanted the tricyclics in the 1990s, but these medications still have their uses. 

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Race and Mental Health, TCPR, May 2022

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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