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Is Cannabis Bad for Cognition?

Topics: Free Articles | Research Update | Substance Abuse

Review of: Cobb SJ et al, JAMA Psychiatry 2018;75(6):585–595 Our patients typically tell us that, according to the internet, weed is perfectly safe and does not affect their ability to think or function. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing cannabis, supporting the notion that people have begun to think of marijuana as re

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Behavioral Strategies for Suicide Prevention

Topics: Depressive Disorder | Free Articles | Psychotherapy

What can you do—beyond prescribing medications—to help your patients who have suicidal ideation? There are many strategies that you can teach your patients, even in the context of brief psychopharm visits. In this article, I’ll describe eight behavioral strategies that your patients are likely to find helpful. They are adapted from cognitive behav

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Ask the Editor: Three Significant Food Interactions with ADHD Medications

Topics: Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology

Each month, Editor-in-Chief Chris Aiken, MD, gives advice on a different practice challenge. If you have a question you’d like Dr. Aiken to answer, please send an email to AskTheEditor@thecarlatreport.com. Dr. Aiken won’t be able to answer all questions received but will pick one each month that is of general interest. Dear Dr. Aiken: Patients of

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Opioids Not Superior to Other Medicines for Some Chronic Pain

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Research Update | Substance Abuse

REVIEW OF: Krebs EE et al, JAMA 2018;319(9):872–882 Rising rates of opioid overdose deaths have sounded alarm bells over opioid prescribing practices for chronic pain. Unfortunately, and despite the absence of quality data on their risks vs benefits, long-term opioid management has remained a common approach to managing chronic musculoskeletal pain

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The 10 Commandments for Verbal De-Escalation

Topics: Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips

This text has been adapted with permission from the 10 Commandments for Safety by Avrim Fishkind, MD. Respect personal space: 2 arm-lengths. Do not be provocative. Body language is important. Do not cross your arms, stare, or conceal your hands. Establish verbal contact. Introduce yourself by name and title. Only 1 person should verbally inte

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Bullying and Suicidality: Some Practical Tips

Topics: Bullying | Depression | Free Articles | Suicidality

What can you do when one of your patients reports being bullied? Research has shown that being bullied increases the risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in children. In this article, we’ll give you some tips for how to ask about bullying, how to assess its impact, and how to help your patients and their families deal with the problem. How

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Non-Addictive, Pharmacological Options for Sleep

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Psychopharmacology Tips | Sleep Disorders | Substance Abuse

In this month’s interview with Dr. Eric Hermes, we learned about his approach to treating insomnia in patients with substance use disorders, with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. In this article, we’ll look at some non-addictive pharmacological options. That means we’re not going to review any of the benzodiazepines or the non-benzodiazepi

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Antidepressant Augmentation Strategies: A Basic Guide

Topics: Antidepressants | Free Articles

Here’s a common scenario. You have a patient who has tried three or four antidepressants over the years; all have been somewhat effective at least initially, but eventually that effectiveness waned. Let’s imagine that the patient you’re seeing now is on antidepressant number 4, Lexapro, at a solid 20 mg dose. You could always keep pushing the d

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Informed Consent: An Ongoing Process for Focused Care

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips

Informed consent is a foundation for good clinical practice and can provide legal protection. But informed consent is more than defensive medicine. It is a vehicle for framing good care. How often do people use the consent process? Malpractice companies recommend that the patient (or parent) sign consent whenever a medication is started. This might b

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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? In this article, I will discuss 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 see

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Clozapine: A Fresh Look

Topics: Antipsychotics | Free Articles | Pharmacology Tips | Practice Tools and Tips

Several trials show it to be a superior treatment option, yet clozapine remains the “red-headed stepchild” of antipsychotics. Even though large studies reveal clozapine has impressive efficacy, particularly with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, many of us are reluctant to use it. According to one study, of the 30% of patients who have treatment

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Abilify MyCite: Patient Care Breakthrough or Patent Extender?

Topics: Antipsychotics | Free Articles | Pharmacology Tips | Practice Tools and Tips

You’ve probably heard about a new “digital pill” called Abilify MyCite. The product, which was FDA approved in November 2017, is the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. MyCite consists of an aripiprazole pill that contains an embedded tiny sensing device (about the size of a grain of sand) called the ingestible even

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Lithium: Practical Considerations for Children With Suicidal Thinking

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

Billy, age 10, has periods of intense aggression alternating with moments of wanting to be dead, severe mood swings, poor sleep, and pervasive irritability. He has a family history of bipolar disorder. Other family members have responded well to lithium. Since they want to act assertively to help him, Billy’s family is open to medication trials and an

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The Bipolar Spectrum: Practical Tips for Diagnosis and Treatment

Topics: Bipolar Disorder | Free Articles

Bipolar disorder has long been controversial in the field. Is it overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed? Does a “bipolar spectrum” truly exist, or is it a marketing tool for pharmaceutical companies that want you to prescribe more atypical antipsychotics? At a minimum, the bipolar spectrum includes those patients who meet criteria for both bipolar I and

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Helping Patients With Stigma and Addiction

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips

CATR: To start, can you please tell us a little more about your work at Harvard and Mass General? Dr. Kelly: Sure. I’m a clinical psychologist by training, and for the past 20 years, I have spent a lot of time researching the addiction treatment and recovery processes. I’ve looked at the effectiveness of different treatments, their mechanisms, an

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Assessing Complex PTSD

Topics: Free Articles | PTSD

TCPR: We’ve been hearing more the last few years about the concept of complex PTSD. I know that there are similarities with conventional PTSD—which is covered in the DSM-5—but can you explain to our readers how complex PTSD is different from conventional PTSD? Dr. Schwartz: The first thing that I would say is that complex PTSD can sometimes be

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Retirement Toolkits

Topics: Free Articles | Retirement

Presented in Partnership With the American Psychiatric Association These resources include materials that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) provides exclusively to its members, along with other practice management resources. Permission was granted to Carlat Publishing to provide them to its readership on a one-time basis. For information

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Closing a Practice: Some Practical Suggestions

Topics: Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips

Dr. R is a psychiatrist in his late 60s with a thriving private practice. One day, he suddenly feels dizzy and out of sorts. After being examined by another physician, he is diagnosed with a stroke. His neurologist cannot say if he will fully recover or be able to practice medicine again. Dr. R and his family know that he might suddenly need to retire.

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Pharmacogenetic Testing: An Update

Topics: Diagnostic Testing | Free Articles | Genetics and Psychiatry | Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips

Given how many essentially equivalent medications we have to choose from, how great would it be to have a test that tells us which drug to prescribe for which patient? Everybody wants personalized medicine, and in some other specialties, such as oncology, this is becoming a standard part of treatment. In this article, we’ll review some of the basics o

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

Topics: Free Articles | Inpatient Psychiatry

You are an attending on the inpatient unit of your community psychiatric hospital, and the nursing staff informs you of a new admission. Mary is a 26-year-old single woman with schizophrenia; this is her third psychiatric admission. For the past week, Mary has been feeling more suspicious, and she hasn’t been eating much due to a belief that she is be

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