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September 20, 2014 - 10:27pm

ORLANDO—Advances in pharmacogenetics and in vaccine development mean that new tools for addiction treatment are nearing clinical application. In particular, recent data should empower clinicians to best identify patients who will benefit from naltrexone for alcoholism and from disulfiram for cocaine dependence.

September 20, 2014 - 9:01pm

ORLANDO—The popular view of cognitive therapy as a method of changing thinking is an accurate but extremely narrow definition, according to Judith Beck, PhD, President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

September 20, 2014 - 12:01am

ORLANDO—A close examination of the literature reveals several choices for evidence-based psychotherapy to treat PTSD, according to Ron Acierno, PhD.

September 19, 2014 - 10:47pm

"Differential diagnosis is the bread and butter of our task as clinicians, " said Michael B. First, MD. Dr. First overviewed practical tips for DSM-5 diagnosis in his presentation at Psych Congress.

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Wed
03
Sep

Recently, two landmark studies have shown conclusively that genes play a definite role in the risk for major mental illness. I suggest that these studies are game changers for psychiatry not because they demonstrate the primacy of genes, but because the genes that most powerfully increase the risk for schizophrenia and autism point straight back to the environment.

Thu
28
Aug
Marc Agronin, MD

Trauma Revisited in Late Life

Although we often assume that the impact of trauma manifests right away, sometimes it can manifest decades later. This phenomenon was commonly seen in many World War II veterans who first began to experience PTSD symptoms around the time of fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the war in the mid-1990s.

Thu
21
Aug

I have a common kind of patient in my practice—he is somewhere in his late teens or early twenties, usually living at home, maybe taking a class or two at the community college, more often working but certainly not able to support himself without the help of his parents. His hobbies are often solitary, like video games. And he’s using a lot of cannabis.

Mon
18
Aug

To have experienced delusions, psychosis, and suicidal ideation is to be Undermined by one’s self.

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Psych Congress 2014 Meeting Coverage

Psych Congress Network will be bringing you live, exclusive coverage of the 27th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in Orlando, Florida. Visit the U.S. Psych Congress Resource Center for the latest news and video.

Exclusives

New Clues to the Neurobiology of Depression

To fully understand the neurobiology of major depression, mental health professionals must adopt a perspective that considers interactions between the brain, the outside world, and the body, including the immune system.

Sun
21
Sep

How Much Mindfulness Is Enough to Help Patients?

Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in San Diego, talks with Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, about the length of mindfulness practice that is most likely to help patients and the perils of framing mindfulness as a relaxation exercise.

Sat
20
Sep

New Anti-Addiction Medications: Pharmacogenetics and Immunotherapies

ORLANDO—Advances in pharmacogenetics and in vaccine development mean that new tools for addiction treatment are nearing clinical application. In particular, recent data should empower clinicians to best identify patients who will benefit from naltrexone for alcoholism and from disulfiram for cocaine dependence.

Sat
20
Sep

How to Approach Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders

ORLANDO—The popular view of cognitive therapy as a method of changing thinking is an accurate but extremely narrow definition, according to Judith Beck, PhD, President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Sat
20
Sep

Changes to Hoarding Disorder and OCD in DSM-5

Michael B. First, MD, talks about how the relationship between hoarding disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has changed in DSM-5. He also discusses which treatments are most likely to help patients with hoarding disorder.