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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.