in-patient admits nearly doubled for youth
A study in the current issue (August, 2011) of Archives of General Psychiatry indicates that the use of inpatient hospitalization increased nearly 100% for youth between 1996 and 2007. The study was based on hospital discharge data. ... []
July 15: DSM-V comment deadline extended
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is extending the open commenting period for the DSM-V until July 15. Review of the proposed changes to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual have been taking place since February. In a letter to the APA's membership, Dr. Carol Bernstein explained one reasons a revision was needed: "[A] large number of patients receiving any DSM-IV diagnosis also meet criteria for multiple diagnoses. Some studies have identified clusters of disorders that co-occur at... []
PTSD Coach -- an iTunes app helps vets
PTSDapp.jpgThe Veterans Administration (VA) has gone digital. A free app can be downloaded from iTunes to smart phones and walk someone through exercises to reduce stress, find help, and maintain a self-reported profile to assess PTSD. . . []
DSM-V accepts public comments, revises web-site
DSM-V.jpgThe APA's fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V), scheduled to appear in two years, is entertaining public comments through June 15. []
International focus on psychiatry
Worldglobe(istock).jpgPsychiatric Services devotes the March issue to how the rest of the world grapples with treatment and consequences of mental illnesses. Topics span a broad range, from the public health response in Israel, where schools played "a significant role" for adolescents with an emotional or behavioral problem, to programs in Russia where people with mental illness are likely to be excluded from services. []
France dropped transsexuality from mental disorders.
"Last month, France became the first country in the world to remove transsexualism from its official list of mental disorders," writes Gaëlle Faure in Time Magazine. Read more. ... []
The bar for normal -- DSM update
Advancing the conversation about revising the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-V, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone. . . []
Blizzard of news about DSM-V
Would introducing a category for the risk of psychosis promote early diagnosis that leads to better treatment? Or will it promote unnecessary worry, stigma and giving drugs to young adults who don't need them? These are among the questions posed by the release of the American Psychiatric Association's newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). . . []
Brain scans detect PTSD
A highly technical study with remarkably optimistic rates of accuracy for confirming a diagnosis of PTSD was explained in Scientific American. Magnetoencephelography (MEG),. . . []
Cultural difference and symptoms of mental illness
In a New York Times article titled, "The Americanization of Mental Illness," Ethan Watters discusses how America's "symptom repertoire" for mental illness has circled the globe and altered the expression of symptoms and their treatment. He . . . []
Princeton students discover lives behind diagnosis
When a class of Princeton students took the bus to New York City for a week-long student project, Sophie Jin's goal was to learn more about the lives of people with serious mental illness. A junior in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, she and her classmates expected to see the workings of stigma. But after meeting and talking with consumers, psychiatrists, members of the helping profession, they discovered the rich, complex lives often dismissed categorically simply... []
Syphillis accounted for about 20 percent of the admissions to mental hospitals 100 years ago.
Read more about this is in the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Illness.... []
Stimulus money prompts schizophrenia research
mandespondent(istock).jpgA new study to assess how early treatment of schizophrenia affects the illness will be launched by NIMH with the help of stimulus money, according to a press release distributed yesterday. . . []
DSM-V controversy boiling
Revision of the APA's diagnostic bible, the DSM-V has been underway for nearly a decade. Complaints about the process. . . []
Should the term schizophrenia be changed?
. . .take a poll []
June in the journals
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Children of war carry the trauma long after power has shifted and the ink has dried on peace treaties. An editorial in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine laments PTSD, a long-term consequence of trauma for children has received little attention. . . []
When there is a dual diagnosis, mood disorders are most likely to be associated with substance use disorders.
Read more about dual disorders from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).... []
APA: May is Borderline Personality Disorder month
. . .John Gunderson, M.D., lecture []
DSM-V changes under discussion
After years of study, and in preparation of a 2012 publicaton date, discussions are underway about conceptual changes in the next edition of the DSM-V. These include separating measures of functioning and disability from symptoms, which is consistent with World Health Organization classifications. Clinical Psychiatry News describes the process.... []
Brain scans for PTSD
If the results of preliminary studies hold up, brain imaging could be used to diagnose PTSD the way a chest x-ray shows TB. That's the hope based on research conducted on 42 soldiers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq who showed two patterns distinctly different from subjects who were not suffering from PTSD. The research was presented last week in Italy at the meetings of the World Psychiatric Association. ... []
Schizophrenia's symptoms
Is schizophrenia a systemic disease? Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick poses this question in an article published in Advance Access Schizophrenia Bulletin. The answer, Kirkpatrick says, has implications for clinical care as well as future research.... []
Underreporting PTSD unfounded
A report from the Veteran's Administration Office of Inspector General concluded that therapists at a Texas facility did not stop diagnosing PTSD after an email from a staff psychologist suggesting cost and time saving modifications. The report was requested by a congressional committee after the psychologist's email was made public. Diagnosis has a direct impact on eligibility for benefits, and PTSD has a higher compensation than adjustment disorder. The investigation also confirmed that aftercare groups which had been meeting... []
DSM-V will have reviews, disclosure
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) responded to recent criticism of the revision process of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual by outlining its work: planning sessions starting in 1999, a website posting updates, outreach to lay groups, financial disclosures, and the opportunity to comment on the release of a draft in 2010. The DSM-V is scheduled for release in 2012 and will then be used by clinicians establishing criteria for describing disorders as well as for insurance reimbursement. ... []
DSM-V controversies
Preparation of the fifth edition of Diasgnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) is underway along with a controversy about the process. Reports in major newspapers point to charges that deliberations are taking place behind closed doors despite earlier promises of transparency. The DSM V is scheduled for 2012 and has become a common language for psychiatrists as well as insurance companies. ... []
People with a psychiatric diagnosis accounted for 7.6 million hospital admissions in 2005.
Read the report from Healthcare for Uninsured.... []

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