Persons with Psychiatric Illnesses Die Prematurely

People suffering from a variety of psychiatric illnesses die years earlier than those without psychiatric illness. These early deaths commonly result from heart disease, strokes, and cancer. Suicides account for about 14% of excess deaths.

A Recently Described Autoimmune Illness and Psychiatry

In her book "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness," Susannah Cahalan describes her battle with a recently discovered neuropsychiatric illness. This disorder may occur more often than originally thought and may have significant implications for the field of psychiatry.

Suicidal Behaviors in Adolescents

We review several issues regarding suicidal behaviors in adolescents, including the age of onset and progression of such behaviors. We discuss whether these behaviors are associated with psychiatric disorders and whether adolescents with such behaviors have been seen by someone in the mental health system.

Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia—Similar and Different

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are characterized by different clinical symptoms. Recent research indicates that there are abnormalities in the interactions between brain regions that are unique to each disorder and other interactions that are shared by both.

Safely Prescribing Antipsychotic Medications

The use of antipsychotic medications has increased substantially over the last decade. Decisions about whether to prescribe them for particular patients should involve doctors, patients, and, when appropriate, family members.

Opiate Medications: Pain Management Versus Addiction

Although powerful medications such as opiates are often necessary to treat acute and chronic pain, opiates are highly addictive. Physicians may be inadvertently contributing to the increasing problem of opiate addiction through efforts to keep their patients pain free. What can be done about this?

Phone Therapy for Depression

Can cognitive behavioral therapy be successfully administered over the phone? Thinking out-of-the-box and out-of-the-office may lead to creative and effective ways of helping more people with the limited mental health resources that currently exist.

Public Health Enemy No. 1

Sixteen percent of the US population 12 years of age and older report being addicted to legal or illicit substances. What is the public health impact of these behaviors?

Botulinum Toxin and Depression

Is it possible that botulinum toxin injections into facial muscles may alleviate symptoms of depression? Recent research suggests that this might be so.

Why Did They Call for a Psychiatric Consultation?

Psychiatric consultations are often requested for patients hospitalized on medicine units.

Social Interactions and Brain Cell Connections

Humans are social beings, and it shouldn’t be surprising that there are specific groups of nerve cells in the brain that are directly influenced by social experiences.

Does Gender Matter in the Addicted Brain’s Response to Stress?

Current research indicates that a person goes through three phases when developing a drug addiction and that particular brain regions are associated with each phase.

Can Talk Therapy Help Persons with Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a very disabling psychiatric illness affecting about 2 to 3 million Americans. Contrary to popular perception, it has nothing to do with a “split personality.”

Binge Drinking in Young Adults and Older People

Many people binge drink, which is defined as having 5 or more drinks in a short period of time for men and 4 for women. Of major concern is binge drinking by college students, but adults do it, too.

Treating Depression With Deep Brain Stimulation

A recent paper in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a leading psychiatric journal, describes a study investigating deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of depression.

Marijuana, Spice, and Our Youth

Although marijuana may have some medical uses, the rapid surge in the number of people obtaining this drug via prescriptions suggests that recreational users might be taking advantage of the medical system.

Gut Bacteria and Your Emotions

It is well known that there are relationships between gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and psychiatric disorders including anxiety disorders.

What Is the Diagnosis?

Ms. X was a successful high school math teacher and was well liked by her students and co-workers. When she was 45 years old, her husband and children began noticing that she exhibited uncharacteristic lewd and rude behaviors.