Treatment

Atypical Antipsychotic Shows Promise for New MDD Subtype

New to the diagnosis of major depressive disorder as of DSM-5 is the specifier “with mixed features.” According to DSM-5, “specifiers provide an opportunity to define a more homogeneous subgrouping of individuals with the disorder who share certain features (e.g., major depressive disorder, with mixed features) and to convey information that is relevant to the […]

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Watching Individual Neurons Respond During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to treat refractory major depression. Until now, there was no way of knowing exactly what changes were taking place in the brain as a result of treatment. Duke University neuroscientists and engineers have developed a way to measure the response of an individual neuron to TMS. Measuring neural responses […]

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Violence and Schizophrenia: The Subject of ’60 Minutes’

The CBS television program “60 Minutes” aired a special report about the issue of recent tragic mass shootings as preventable tragedies and the failures of the US mental health system. The show interviewed experts Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., president of APA and chair of psychiatry at Columbia University, and E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., executive director of the […]

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Increased Doctor Workloads Can Compromise Patient Safety

A survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed that 40 percent of doctors believe that the number of patients that visited them over a period of one month often exceeded safe levels. 36 percent of these doctors reported a frequency of more than once a week. [More…]

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Major Changes to CPT Codes for Psychiatry in 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, major changes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)—the AMA codes used for billing and documentation for all insurers will take place. Five areas of the psychiatric codes section are being modified or eliminated. Changes to the current diagnostic evaluation code (90801) is split into two codes which differentiates if a medical workup […]

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By R Kennedy | CPT Codes . Diagnosis . Treatment
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In-Person and Electronic Interventions for Improving Adherence in Schizophrenia

Research published in October Schizophrenia Bulletin by Velligan and colleagues, evaluated adherence to oral medications in 142 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia living in the community. Three methods of assessment were used: 1) an in-person, weekly home visit; 2) an electronic medication monitor and 3) treatment as usual (TAU). All patients received the Med-eMonitor to monitor […]

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By R Kennedy | Adherence . Schizophrenia . Treatment
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Pain Week

PAINWeek is the nation’s largest pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management. Over 1500 physicians, nursing professionals, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and psychologists attended this year. Courses offering over 100 hours of continuing medical education were presented and included topics such as: behavioral pain management, complementary and alternative medicine, emergency medicine, […]

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By R Kennedy | Chronic Pain . Pain . Treatment
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The Prevalence of ADHD Revisited

A study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published this week in the Journal of Attention Disorders sought to evaluate the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Monitoring the prevalence of ADHD is an important public health activity as public awareness has increased and treatment options have expanded across […]

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