Medical Comorbidities

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Distinguishing Between Medical and Psychiatric Conditions

Topics: Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry | Medical Comorbidities | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Psychiatric Practice

Topics: Medical Comorbidities

A casual glance at front-page headlines and scientific publications has probably raised your awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the TBI-related symptoms that might bring a patient to your office. In the popular press, reports often focus on injuries from combat and sports—such as those resulting from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or h

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Chronic Pain, Comorbidity, and Treatment Complexity

Topics: Medical Comorbidities

Chronic pain is typically defined as pain lasting longer than three months, resulting from either a disease process or bodily injury that has not resolved as expected. It is a major and complex public health reality for almost one-third of the US population. More than 116 million Americans have chronic pain conditions, contributing to healthcare costs a

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Fatigue: Causes and Treatments

Topics: Medical Comorbidities

How often are you faced with patients who come to you with “I’m exhausted,” “I have no energy,” “I’m dragging,” or “I can’t stay awake”? If you’re like most psychiatrists, you see this often, and at times simply giving a sleep aid is an unsatisfying or ineffective solution. Up to one half of the general population, and one of

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Drugs in the Pipeline: ALKS–5461

Topics: Medical Comorbidities

Since our feature article on “New Antidepressants” in the May 2012 TCPR, you may have heard some buzz about yet another new antidepressant undergoing clinical trials, this one with the less-than-sexy name ALKS-5461. Some news outlets have promoted it as “revolutionary.” What exactly is it? While most current antidepressants act on the monoami

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Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Care

Topics: Medical Comorbidities

TCPR: Dr. Gardner, you are the head of psychiatry at an integrated health clinic. Please tell us why it important for psychiatric services to be integrated into primary care settings. Dr. Gardner: Integration destigmatizes and defragments care for providers and patients. For example, people with severe mental illness have a life expectancy 25 years s

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