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DSM5 Plans To Loosen Criteria For Adult ADD

April 20, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
DSM5 suggests 2 changes that would make it much easier for an adult to get a first time diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): 1) reducing the number of symptoms required for adults from 6 to 3; and 2) relaxing the requirement that the onset of symptoms must have occurred before age 7 (by allowing the onset to be up to age 12).

Exploring the Interface between Cancer and Psychiatry

April 20, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
As a psychiatrist who has cancer, I have developed a deep understanding of the ways in which our training can help us help patients who find themselves forced to deal with the complicated emotional aspects that accompany this disease. My hope is that my insights will help psychiatrists as they wrestle with the problems that plague their patients who are coping with this difficult disease.

Happy Endings

April 20, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
In New York, there is a happily ever after for some patients with mental illness.

Is psychiatry a science?

April 20, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
There has always been controversy over what consitutes a psychiatric disorder and the best treatment options for a specific disorder.
A recently published a meta-analysis showed that diagnoses generated from clinical evaluations often do not agree with the results of structured and semi-structured interviews—together called standardized diagnostic interviews (SDI).1 Such a study could easily be overlooked as another dry and “methodological” investigation. Nevertheless, the implications of this meta-analysis are enormous