From The Journal of Family Practice:
Determining suicide risk
(Hint: A screen is not enough)
The ability to accurately assess suicide risk is an essential skill for primary care physicians—and a daunting task that takes more than a standard screen or strategy. These tips will help you individualize your approach.
From Current Psychiatry:
Antidepressants in bipolar disorder:
7 myths and realities
Whether and when to use antidepressants for bipolar depression hinges on complex parameters that preclude any single, simple rule. Dispelling misconceptions is an essential first step.
Alcohol withdrawal: When to choose
an adjunctive anticonvulsant
Although not all studies endorse the addition of anticonvulsants to benzodiazepines for managing alcohol withdrawal syndrome, these 3 case studies show that to be a successful strategy.
Mental health in the news:
Recent headlines in primary care and psychiatry
Young Men With the Lowest IQs at Higher Risk of Suicide
Risk nearly nine times higher than for those with highest IQs; no association found with psychosis…June 4 (HealthDay News).
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Psychological Distress
Also associated with risk of admission to a psychiatric hospital…June 8 (HealthDay News).
Suppressed Anger in CAD Linked to Adverse Cardiac Events
Suppressed anger associated with greater risk of myocardial infarction, cardiac death…June 10 (HealthDay News).