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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Case of a 62-Year-Old Man With Visual Complaints and Cognitive Decline

Saurav Das, MBBS; Adam S. Fleisher, MD, MAS; Roy Yaari, MD, MAS; James D. Seward, PhD, ABPP; Anna D. Burke, MD; Helle Brand, PA; and Pierre N. Tariot, MD

This issue highlights the case of a 62-year-old man with 3 years of gradually progressive difficulties with cognition and vision problems. He is misplacing items and having trouble completing sentences, reading and writing, and staying on task. Does this patient have visual agnosia, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s disease?

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Involuntary Hospitalization of Primary Care Patients

Justin M. Johnson and Theodore A. Stern

Involuntary commitment of an outpatient represents an important and challenging issue at the interface of ethics, law, and clinical practice. This Rounds in the General Hospital article presents the case of an outpatient for whom involuntary commitment was considered and provides an overview of the approach to the psychiatrically unstable outpatient.

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Residual Symptoms in Major Depressive Disorder: Prevalence, Effects, and Management

John Zajecka, Susan G. Kornstein, and Pierre Blier

Even after achieving response or remission, patients with MDD often have residual symptoms that negatively affect their functioning and quality of life. Here, find out about the neurochemical mechanisms involved in MDD, how to identify residual depressive symptoms, and formulate a long-term treatment plan so that you can target interventions to promote optimal outcomes for each patient.

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The Integration of Palliative Care Into Medical Care

Dean Schuyler and John Franklin

Nonhospice palliative care functions as an additional layer of support for patients and families dealing with serious, severe, or life-threatening illness. It can be provided anywhere along the disease continuum regardless of whether curative or comfort-directed therapies are sought. The case presented in this issue’s Psychotherapy Casebook highlights the value of a palliative care approach to a man with end-stage illness.

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Treatment of Anxious Depression

Dawn F. Ionescu, MD (Chair), et al

To note the effects of anxiety within depression, the DSM-5 added an “anxious distress” specifier to the diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Here, read about the outcomes and side effect burden associated with anxious depression.

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Potential Barriers to Oral MS Medications

Harold Moses, Jr, MD

New! Learn about the positive and negative aspects of the 3 FDA-approved oral medications for MS including their associated risks and benefits to choose the most appropriate treatment for your patients.

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Clinical and Cost Implications of Treating Schizophrenia

John M. Kane, MD (Chair), et al

Read this PEARL 3 InfoPack to explore strategies to enhance cognition in your patients with schizophrenia. Plus, learn about effects of short- and long-term antipsychotics and costs associated with treatment.

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Measuring Outcomes in Schizophrenia and Examining Their Clinical Application

Stefan Leucht, MD

Read this activity to update your understanding of criteria for response, remission, and recovery. Plus, discover how to apply study results to your own patients' treatment plans and goals.

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