Withdrawal

Expert Q&A

Outpatient Management of Opioid Addiction

Topics: Cannabis | Depression | Existing marijuana | Potency | Substance Use Disorder | Weed | Withdrawal

CCPR: Tell us about your position and what you do. Dr. Gomez-Luna: I directed a short-term adolescent residential program, where I saw a need for identifying and treating kids’ co-occurring conditions. I did another fellowship in addiction psychiatry, then joined studies at Yale on tobacco use and electronic nicotine devices in adolescents. Now I’m

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Expert Q&A

Assessing and Treating Cannabis Use Disorder

Topics: Cannabis | Depression | Marijuana | Potency | Substance Use Disorder | Weed | Withdrawal

CCPR: Tell us a little bit about your background. Dr. Gobbi: I trained in medicine, psychiatry, and psychotherapy in Rome, Italy, then received a PhD in neuroscience, working in preclinical psychopharmacology. I now work in our mood disorder clinic and ER, and I direct our basic psychopharmacology lab (neurobiological psychiatry unit), including resear

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Managing Substance-Related Agitation

Topics: Agitation | Substance Use Disorder | Withdrawal

In emergency departments, psychiatrists are often consulted on patients presenting with agitation. In many cases, these patients are under the influence of substances—either from intoxication or withdrawal. It is important to recognize when a patient is under these effects, as acute management of the agitation will vary drastically depending on which

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Clinical Update

Kratom: A Primer

Topics: Buprenorphine | Opioids | Pain | Withdrawal

Many mental health providers are starting to hear about kratom from their patients. Consumed in Southeast Asia (except for Malaysia, where it is banned) for centuries, it’s a plant that has opioid-like qualities but is not regulated. Kratom is a tropical tree with the scientific name Mitragyna speciosa, native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is widely av

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Research Update

Are SSRIs Associated With Increased Rates of Violence?

Topics: Deprescribing | Mania on Antidepressants | Medication adherence | polypharmacy | Psychosis | Psychotic Depression | Schizophrenia | Tags | Tardive dyskinesia | Withdrawal

REVIEW OF: Lagerberg et al, Eur Neuropsychopharm 2020;26:1–9 TYPE OF STUDY: Analysis of Swedish national registries Soon after the introduction of SSRIs in 1988, case reports began to emerge suggesting that they might trigger violence in a small subset of patients. At the time, such reports were mostly dismissed and attributed to the fact that p

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Research Update

A New Proposal for SSRI Withdrawal

Topics: Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Withdrawal

Review of: Horowitz MA and Taylor D, Lancet Psychiatry, March 2019, published online Type of Study: Literature review and clinical guideline Withdrawal problems rank among patients’ top concerns with antidepressants. They include insomnia, flu-like symptoms, irritability, distractibility, and unusual sensory experiences such as “brain zaps.” To

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SSRI withdrawal symptoms

Topics: Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Withdrawal

Withdrawal problems rank among patients’ top concerns with antidepressants. They include insomnia, flu-like symptoms, irritability, distractibility, and unusual sensory experiences such as “brain zaps.” Use this PDF tool to check if the patient is having any SSRI withdrawal symptoms at baseline.

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