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Practice Management Q&A: Opting Out of Medicare

Q&A: Opting Out of Medicare

One physician discusses her experience with opting out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

Addiction Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

If we invest in evidence-based addiction treatment that is invested in the dignity of every person who needs that treatment, many more people will find themselves ready to seek it out.

Opinion Genomic Medicine and the Future of Health Care

Genomic Medicine and the Future of Health Care

Embracing all the myriad variations of the human genome should, in theory, lead to rewards that all can share.

News HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

HIPAA doesn't require providers to encrypt devices or electronic information, but many experts highly recommend it.

Opinion Haloperidol in the Emergency Department Setting

Haloperidol in the Emergency Department Setting

Dr. Scott Zeller suggests it is time to move away from emergency intramuscular haloperidol.

Opinion Big Data, Big Psychiatry — Big Potential?

Big Data, Big Psychiatry — Big Potential?

You have probably heard the term 'Big Data' being bandied around, but what does it actually mean for the psychiatry sector? Dr Nicola Davies explains what Big Data is, before exploring how it's currently being applied within psychiatry.

Opinion Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Not Merely Dysbiosis

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Not Merely Dysbiosis

Dr. Henderson suggests treating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with antivirals rather than with antidepressants.

Opinion Pathological Grief Disorder - Diagnostic Criteria

Pathological Grief Disorder - Diagnostic Criteria

Dr Nicola Davies explores how diagnostic recognition could facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of this serious condition.

Therapies Memory-Enhancing Supplements: What's the Evidence?

Memory-Enhancing Supplements: What's the Evidence?

Study reports on the availability of safety and efficacy data for over-the-counter supplements for improving brain health.

Opinion Understanding the Zika Virus and Outbreak

Understanding the Zika Virus and Outbreak

The WHO has declared Zika a "global health emergency" and predicted the likely spread of the virus to all Western Hemisphere countries except Canada and Chile.

Anxiety Rhetoric, Reactivity, and Evidence-Based Policy in the Wake of Shootings

Rhetoric, Reactivity, and Evidence-Based Policy in the Wake of Shootings

Gun violence places a significant burden on the nation's public health and wellbeing.

Practice Management Quantitative Measurement in Psychiatry and Personalized Medicine

Quantitative Measurement in Psychiatry and Personalized Medicine

Therapeutic drug monitoring is vastly underused in psychiatry but could better inform clinical decision-making.

Practice Management Pass Comprehensive Mental Health Reform to Support Community Resilience

Pass Comprehensive Mental Health Reform to Support Community Resilience

Mental health reform is needed to provide better help to those who are directly or indirectly impacted by mass shootings and traumas.

Practice Management Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Mental Health

Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Mental Health

Gratitude can help people to become more social and develop deeper and healthier relationships, which in turn can improve their emotional health.

Mood Disorders Can Subtyping Depressive Symptoms Predict Antidepressant Response?

Can Subtyping Depressive Symptoms Predict Antidepressant Response?

Many clinicians have a working assumption that subtyping patients is a critical process relevant to antidepressant treatment selection.

Suicide and Self-Harm Young People, Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Young People, Suicide Prevention and Social Media

A small project in Australia has high school students and researchers developing suicide prevention interventions using social media.

Mood Disorders Unique Program Treats Military Families With Mental Health Issues

Unique Program Treats Military Families With Mental Health Issues

The Military Families Are Resilient program educates military families about available mental health resources.

ADHD A True ADHD Epidemic or an Epidemic of Overdiagnosis?

A True ADHD Epidemic or an Epidemic of Overdiagnosis?

Have we gotten derailed in our search for an objective diagnostic approach to ADHD?

Practice Management The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage Decision on LGBT Mental Health

The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage Decision on LGBT Mental Health

Mental health professionals should observe how lesbians and gay men experience the psychosocial benefits of same-sex marriage.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Night Program Treats Alzheimer's Patients With Altered Sleep Cycles

Night Program Treats Alzheimer's Patients With Altered Sleep Cycles

The RiverSpring at Night program treats Alzheimer's patients with sleep problems in a drug-free environment with nighttime activities.

Practice Management 'Patient' Vs. 'Client': How Semantics Influences the Practice of Psychiatry

'Patient' Vs. 'Client': How Semantics Influences the Practice of Psychiatry

Rather than worry about how to refer to patients, the psychiatry community should relish its distinctive role in bringing mind and body together.

Practice Management Broward County's Mental Health Court: Standing Up Against the Criminalization of Mental Illness

Broward County's Mental Health Court: Standing Up Against the Criminalization of Mental Illness

The nation's first mental health court turns 18 this month, and more than 17,000 people have received treatment instead of a jail sentence.

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Remembering the Father's Role in Children's Mental Health

Remembering the Father's Role in Children's Mental Health

Positive influences by fathers on their children is associated with fewer behavioral problems and less impulsivity.

Addiction Society Underestimates Excessive Drinking and Its Major Health Risks

Society Underestimates Excessive Drinking and Its Major Health Risks

Identifying a person as having a drinking problem only if they are dependent on alcohol is wrong and dangerous.

Practice Management The Meeting of Spirituality and Mental Health

The Meeting of Spirituality and Mental Health

Being aware of patients' religious and spiritual beliefs and incorporating them into treatment can improve outcomes.

ADHD Why Treat ADHD Without Medication?

Why Treat ADHD Without Medication?

A clinician specializing in ADHD argues for non-pharmaceutical alternatives, such as better nutrition and parenting, in treating the condition.

PTSD trauma and stressor-related Why Marijuana Is Critical For Research in Treating PTSD

Why Marijuana Is Critical For Research in Treating PTSD

Arizona psychiatrist Sue Sisley has been battling for years to conduct research to demonstrate cannabis as an effective PTSD treatment.

Autism Spectrum Disorders An Autism Researcher Whose Work Hits Home

An Autism Researcher Whose Work Hits Home

Michael Ronemus, PhD, a neurogeneticist, didn't set out to research autism, but that changed when his own son was diagnosed with autism.

Geriatric Psychiatry The Growing Problem of Illicit Substance Abuse in the Elderly

The Growing Problem of Illicit Substance Abuse in the Elderly

Cocaine, heroin and marijuana are the most popular illegal drugs abused among seniors.

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry The Dilemma in Treating Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies

The Dilemma in Treating Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies

As more kids go to ERs for mental health treatment, clinicians need to prepare patients for what to expect.

Practice Management Mobile Mental Health Apps: Rebooting Clinical Practice?

Mobile Mental Health Apps: Rebooting Clinical Practice?

Although the number of apps for mental health is steadily growing, many of them have not been clinically validated for effectiveness.

Schizophrenia and Psychoses The Underuse of Clozapine in Schizophrenia

The Underuse of Clozapine in Schizophrenia

Although clozapine is often ignored by many clinicians, the antipsychotic should be considered for more patients.

Practice Management The Role of Video Games and Virtual Reality in Psychiatric Treatment

The Role of Video Games and Virtual Reality in Psychiatric Treatment

Interactive media can play a role in mental disorder diagnosis and treatment.

Practice Management Is the Time Right for You to Provide Telepsychiatric Services?

Is the Time Right for You to Provide Telepsychiatric Services?

A psychiatrist who uses telepsychiatry in his practice explains how to get started with the service.

Opinion The Role of Antiviral Therapy in Chronic Fatigue Treatment

The Role of Antiviral Therapy in Chronic Fatigue Treatment

Growing evidence boosts support for antiviral therapy in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

Practice Management Changing the Way We Look at Mental Health

Changing the Way We Look at Mental Health

New coalition of non-profit groups and private sector leaders has come together to raise awareness of mental health treatment.

Practice Management Psychiatry's Role in Fighting Barriers to Access and Coverage

Psychiatry's Role in Fighting Barriers to Access and Coverage

Psychiatrists and other clinicians should support mental health reform efforts.

Mood Disorders The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health

The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health

Building loving relationships has been shown to improve depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

Practice Management The Importance of Nutrition in Psychiatric Treatment

The Importance of Nutrition in Psychiatric Treatment

Nutrition plays a part in many psychiatric conditions and clinicians should discuss proper eating with patients.

Practice Management Why Same-Sex Marriage is Also a Mental Health Issue

Why Same-Sex Marriage is Also a Mental Health Issue

Same-sex marriage has positive mental health benefits for gays and lesbians.

Practice Management Changes in the Practice of Psychiatry Since World War II

Changes in the Practice of Psychiatry Since World War II

The way psychiatry is taught and practiced has changed drastically over the last 70 years.

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Discussing Sexual History with Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment

Discussing Sexual History with Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment

Awareness of adolescents' sexual history is essential in providing mental health treatment.

Practice Management Telepsychiatry Can Help Reduce Long Patient Boarding Times

Telepsychiatry Can Help Reduce Long Patient Boarding Times

Telepsychiatry offers solutions for hospitals that can't justify the expense of employing full-time onsite psychiatrists.

Therapies Combining Recovery, Medical Models to Improve Emergency Psychiatry Outcomes

Combining Recovery, Medical Models to Improve Emergency Psychiatry Outcomes

Embracing the best of both psychiatric care models can help lead the way to a middle-ground approach that better benefits urgent care patients.

Practice Management NeuroAnalysis: The Copernican Revolution for Psychiatry

NeuroAnalysis: The Copernican Revolution for Psychiatry

NeuroAnalysis with Clinical Brain Profiling challenges DSM-5 as an alternative neuro-scientific diagnostic approach to mental disorders.

Schizophrenia and Psychoses The Scott Panetti Case: Why Executing Mentally Ill Prisoners is Unjust

The Scott Panetti Case: Why Executing Mentally Ill Prisoners is Unjust

The case of Scott Panetti, a schizophrenic who killed two people, highlights why mental illness needs to be taken into account with the death penalty.

Autism Spectrum Disorders How Genetic Sequencing Can Improve Our Understanding of Autism

How Genetic Sequencing Can Improve Our Understanding of Autism

Studying the human genome for certain genetic mutations may help to predict autism.

Opinion How the Holidays May Help with Anxiety, Depression

How the Holidays May Help with Anxiety, Depression

Despite reports that the holiday season contributes to a rise in anxiety and depression, Christmastime may actually help to improve mood.

Opinion Teaching Telepsychiatry in the Age of Health Care Reform

Teaching Telepsychiatry in the Age of Health Care Reform

Telepsychiatry training for residents will ensure that the potential of the technology is fully realized.

Opinion Behavioral Health Providers Benefit Patients in Primary Care Setting

Behavioral Health Providers Benefit Patients in Primary Care Setting

Embedding behavioral health providers in a federally qualified health center reaps benefits for underserved patients.

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