Anxiety Disorders

ORLANDO, Fla.—Patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) typically live with symptoms for more than 10 years before seeking treatment, Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC, told attendees at Psych Congress 2018.

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Group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to be the best choice of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, according to a network meta-analysis of 11 different therapies.

Pratap R. Chokka

ORLANDO, Fla.—Patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) typically live with symptoms for more than 10 years before seeking treatment, Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC, told attendees at Psych Congress 2018.

Long-term use of benzodiazepines may increase the risk of death by suicide in patients with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published online.

Talk therapy for anxiety disorders can be effective even when done via video-conference, a new study confirms. This finding could be especially helpful for patients in underserved and rural areas, researchers wrote.

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Blogs

BLOG: These studies were the latest findings showing that psychedelics, erroneously dismissed as mere intoxicants and swept up in the hysteria of the Nixon-era drug wars, could prove to be as important to psychiatry as penicillin was to infectious disease.

Psychedelic compounds are powerful, and they have great potential to help patients with intractable conditions. Yet any compound with that kind of power also has the potential to harm, and that harm should not be trivialized.

Perhaps patients would benefit if they had some concrete saying, a mantra as it were, to remind themselves outside the therapy room of key lessons.

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Posters

Arif Pendi, MS; Jeffrey Wang, MD; Frank Acosta, MD; Rana Movahedi, MD; David Safani, MD, MBA; Alan Shahbazi, MS; Adana Melkonian, MS; Gligor Gucev, MD, EdD
Anita Clayton, MD; Raffaele Migliore, MA; Cheng-Tao Chang, PhD; Carl Gommoll, MS; John Edwards, MD, MBA; Agnesa Avanesian, PhD
Sondra Corgan, BS, 4th year medical student, Thomas Jauch, BS, 2nd year medical student, Prabhav Deo, BS, 2nd year medical student, Kinal Shah, BS, 2nd year medical student

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Video

GAD-7

A shortcoming in our field is the lack of in-depth knowledge about what this instrument is, how to interpret scores, and how to utilize the GAD-7 in everyday clinical practice.

Psych Congress Steering Committee members discuss first-line treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and medications used for refractory cases.

Stephen Sobel, MD, and Charles Raison, MD, discuss how to approach treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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