Dr Myers stated that 85-90% of people who die by suicide have a psychiatric illness, treated or not, although this is a matter of controversy. Males suicide more frequently than females, but not in doctors where the ratio is approximately equal. Both genders die by… Read More »
If we are wanting to think about prevention we need to be really thinking about these early time periods A/Prof Felice Jacka begins this section of her talk with a discussion about common mental health disorders – anxiety and depression. The average age of onset… Read More »
Learning Point 1 – The main circuits involved in OCD are the Cortico-thalamic-striatal- cortical loop (CTSC). Overactivation of this ‘worry loop’ is responsible for the development of obsessions. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) at higher doses are effective in addressing the malfunctioning in this critical… Read More »
Ketamine is a useful antidepressant that has been shown to act rapidly and effectively even in treatment-resistant depression (TRD). This is particularly relevant in individuals with bipolar disorder (BD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute suicidal ideation (SI). However, ketamine is limited by its adverse… Read More »
1. Bipolar Disorder – always ask patients if they have had a manic or hypomanic episode 2. Borderline Personality Disorder – duration of low mood is not sustained and mood instability is prominent. Both depression and Borderline personality disorder may co-exist. 3. Adjustment Disorder with… Read More »
Problems with your Thyroid gland can mimic a number of psychiatric disorders ranging from depression, anxiety and even psychosis. It is thus extremely important that mental health professionals be aware of some important but little known facts. Read More »
An endocrine referral was made and the endocrinologist diagnosed this as “mild subclinical hypothyroidism”. Whilst this is true from the endocrinologist’s perspective, does it hold true from the psychiatrist’s perspective? And….what about the patient? Read More »
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