Psychopharmacology Tips

Expert Q&A

Thinking Creatively About Treatment-Resistant Depression

Topics: Antidepressants | Depressive Disorder | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Seasonal Affective Disorder

TCPR: The term “treatment-resistant depression” is sort of thrown around a bit. I’m sure that there are various formal or informal definitions of it, but how do you think about it? Dr. Bodkin: The formal definition basically requires 2 failures of distinctly different antidepressants at robust doses for adequate duration. But personally, I thin

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How to Treat Opiate Use Disorders

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

Opiate use disorder is increasingly common, and it is important to develop a systematic approach for treating it. In this article, I will discuss some of the more important elements of treatment, starting with the need to address patients’ denial and moving on to some of the nitty gritty aspects of medication-assisted treatment. Acknowledging the p

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Naloxone and the Harm Reduction Approach

Topics: Addiction | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

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Before You Write That Prescription: Guidelines for Ordering Lab Tests

Topics: Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry | News of Note | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

Mental health clinicians often ask for a single, black-and-white answer to the question: Which lab tests should I order before starting this particular medication? Inevitably, the answer is that it depends. However, there are some guidelines that are useful. When it comes to ordering lab tests, it sometimes feels like we are “damned if we do, and d

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Expert Q&A

Distinguishing Between Medical and Psychiatric Conditions

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

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News of Note

Cariprazine (Vraylar): A drug for negative symptoms? Don’t be positive.

Topics: Antipsychotics | News of Note | Psychopharmacology Tips

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Expert Q&A

Antidepressant Use in Children and Teenagers

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

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Foster Care and Child Psychiatry: A Primer

Topics: Antipsychotics | Child Psychiatry | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy | PTSD

In this issue of CCPR we focus on the treatment of children in foster care systems. Nearly one in three of these children have significant psychiatric problems during their time in foster care—especially those related to trauma and neglect that brought them into the system (McMillen JC et al, J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2005;44(1):88–95). Rec

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A Narcolepsy Primer, With a Focus on Xyrem

Topics: Psychopharmacology Tips | Sleep Disorders

Narcolepsy affects about 1 out of 2000 people, for a prevalence rate of 0.05%. This puts it officially in the category of rare diseases. It’s about as common as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, or polycythemia vera, just to put it in perspective. So why are we asking you to read about such a rare disorder? Partly because there’s a lot of comorbidity bet

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Managing Psychotropic Treatment with Foster Children

Topics: Antipsychotics | Child Psychiatry | Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD

Janey is 5. She hits and she bites. Her third foster mother, Sandy, is thinking it’s too much to handle. I am her new psychopharmacologist. Janey arrives with a thick chart documenting in utero substance exposure, early neglect, many placements, and symptoms consistent with many DSM-5 diagnoses, including reactive attachment disorder, generalized anxi

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Expert Q&A

What Psychiatrists Should Know About Sleep Medicine

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Sleep Disorders

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Beyond Medications: Psychosocial Methods for Helping Challenging Kids

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Psychopharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy

Foster children tend to be over-medicated. Surveys show that foster youth receive 5 times the number of psychotropic medications, frequently three or four simultaneously, as privately insured children. What else, beside medications, can we offer foster children who are often struggling with psychiatric issues and difficult and unfamiliar family envir

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Research Update

Should We Add Stimulants to SSRIs to Treat Geriatric Depression?

Topics: Depressive Disorder | Psychopharmacology Tips | Research Updates

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Expert Q&A

The Politics of Medicating Children: Problems and Solutions

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD

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Medication Strategies for Helping People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

Getting meds just right is challenging in autism. Sometimes we succeed. For example, a woman with minimal verbal ability is extremely aggressive. She is on a number of medications including valproate 1000 mg extended release, paroxetine 40 mg, ziprasidone 40 mg twice a day, alprazolam 1 mg twice a day, and a host of supplements. She settles down conside

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Expert Q&A

Evaluating and Treating Autism: Practical Issues

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

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Binge Eating Disorder: Should You Use Vyvanse?

Topics: Eating Disorders | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy

In January of this year, the FDA approved the stimulant lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) as the first drug with an indication for binge eating disorder (BED). Patients are hearing the buzz and may be asking you to prescribe it, but you may have some questions first. Is BED different from extreme overeating which plagues so many Americans? Is this just a stimu

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Research Update

The New Three-Month Version of Injectable Paliperidone: Should You Use It?

Topics: Antipsychotics | Psychopharmacology Tips | Research Updates

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Medications for Childhood PTSD: It’s All Off-Label

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD

In 2011, we wrote a review of medications for PTSD in children and found, unfortunately, that data to inform true evidence-based practice was scant. There are still no psychotropic medications that have been proven effective in randomized controlled trials for children with PTSD and there are no FDA approved medications for this population. Nonethele

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Expert Q&A

Trauma Systems Therapy

Topics: Antidepressants | Anxiety Disorder | Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy | PTSD

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