November 19, 2020
Increased depression literacy among dermatologists might play a vital role in early and successful detection and treatment of depression among their patients. This study investigated depression literacy among dermatologists working in India.
Physicians are often faced with the task of evaluating the capacity of a suicidal patient to refuse life-saving measures. This case presents the ethical considerations of a Jehovah's Witness who refused treatment following a suicide attempt.
Insomnia and short sleep duration are linked to increased morbidity from cardiometabolic and neuropsychiatric disorders. This study investigated the prevalence and common clinical correlates of insomnia with subjective short sleep duration.
November 12, 2020
Cavum septi pellucidi (CSP) is significantly more prevalent in individuals with mental illness than in healthy subjects. This report presents 3 cases of CSP and temporal lobe epilepsy-related psychosis previously misdiagnosed as schizoaffective disorder.
Lockdown measures have helped contain the spread of COVID-19, but how do they affect mental health? This report describes a patient who developed a paranoid delusion caused by isolation, uncertainty, anxiety, and fear related to lockdown.
Migrant Workers’ Needs and Perceptions While Lodged in a Shelter Home in India During the COVID-19 Pandemic
India is combating a large-scale migrant crisis due to COVID-19. The objective of this study was to identify migrant workers' needs and perceptions regarding lockdown while staying in a shelter home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 5, 2020
Although there is concern regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, little is known about how psychiatric needs have evolved along with the spread of the virus across India. Read this interesting study to find out more.
Veterans of recent conflicts were often exposed to open burn pits used for solid waste disposal and thus suffer health consequences. Here, read about a veteran whose previous open burn pit exposure may place him at high risk for COVID-19 infection.
COVID-19 Transmission in a Psychiatric Long-Term Care Rehabilitation Facility: An Observational Study
This study reports the clinical characteristics and transmission rate of COVID-19 in an inpatient long-term care psychiatric facility to provide insight into transmission and symptom patterns, testing protocols, medical complications, and prognosis.
October 29, 2020
Stressors Occurring in Psychiatry Residents Working in Psychiatric Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Psychiatry residents working in psychiatric hospitals have encountered difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of this study was to identify the COVID-19-related stressors these young physicians are experiencing.
Psychiatric Disorder in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome-Hypermobility Type
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-hypermobility type are associated with neuropsychiatric complications. Read this informative review article to find out more.
In this brief report, Dr Naguy discusses lithium's antisuicidal effects in patients with bipolar mood disorder.
October 22, 2020
During the first wave of COVID-19 in Iran, several mental health care delivery problems were observed. In this commentary, the authors provide suggestions to address these challenges, especially given that subsequent waves of COVID-19 are expected.
About 10% of patients diagnosed with OCD remain symptomatic despite standard pharmaceutical and psychotherapy treatments. This brief report discusses the possible role of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of these patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges with regard to suicide prevention in the elderly. The authors of this article provide recommendations for interview strategies in this population using 3 sucide theories.
What is the difference between errors and discrepancies in radiological interpretations? How often do errors occur, and how can they be avoided? Explore these questions in this CME activity from Banner Alzheimer's Institute.
October 15, 2020
Development of a Child and Adolescent Tele-Partial Hospitalization Program (tele-PHP) in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted delivery of mental health services. This article describes the development and implementation of child and adolescent tele-partial hospitalization programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Case of Peduncular Hallucinosis Due to Right Pontine and Cerebral Peduncle Cerebrovascular Accident Treated Successfully With Risperidone: Insights Into an Uncommon Cause of Visual Hallucinations
Peduncular hallucinosis (PH), an uncommon cause of hallucinations, is typically due to lesions of rostral brainstem or diencephalon. This report describes a case of PH due to right pontine/cerebral peduncle lesion that was treated with risperidone.
Pramipexole Augmentation of Buprenorphine Improves Pain and Depression in Opioid Use Disorder: A Case Report
This report describes the use of pramipexole to augment buprenorphine and antidepressant medications in a patient with depression and severe chronic back pain.
October 8, 2020
A Study to Evaluate Depression and Perceived Stress Among Frontline Indian Doctors Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has taken a serious toll on the physical and mental health of doctors. This study evaluated the mental health status of pan-Indian frontline doctors combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Case of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome Initially Diagnosed as Autoimmune Limbic Encephalitis: Differential Diagnosis of Delirium and Short-Term Memory Deficits
As both delirium and short-term memory impairment can be presenting symptoms in both Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and antibody-mediated limbic encephalitis, the potential of misdiagnosis and delayed treatment can occur. Read this interesting case report to find out more.
Partially Treated Catatonia and Incipient Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome: A Challenging Presentation
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a life-threatening condition associated with use of psychotropic medications. This report presents a case of incipient NMS in a patient who developed catatonia during treatment with lorazepam and paliperidone.
Is hopelessness a critical risk factor for suicidal intent, especially for depressed individuals? The authors of this brief report explore the link between hopelessness and suicidal intent and offer suggestions for future research.
October 1, 2020
Rapid Transition to Telehealth in a Community Mental Health Service Provider During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report describes the rapid transition from in-person to telehealth interventions in a community mental health service in Michigan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out more.
Have you ever seen a toddler who ingested a toxic agent, been uncertain about the dangers of psychotropics in children, or wondered if antidotes exist to reverse such toxidromes? Read this Rounds in the General Hospital article to find out more.
This report presents a case in which a visually impaired patient describes the development of visual hallucinations after 2 oral administrations of thiocolchicoside.
How do psychological factors contribute to the therapeutic effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)? Read this case of a patient who completely responded to rTMS in relapse periods, even with a single session.
September 24, 2020
How did the psychiatric needs of patients evolve during the COVID-19-related lockdown in India? The authors of this commentary analyzed Google Trends data to assess changes in patient interest in psychiatric search terms during the lockdown period.
Could methylphenidate improve misophonia associated with worsening distractibility? Read this report of an adolescent male with inattention, distractibility, and negative emotional and autonomic response to specific sound stimulus to find out more.
People have been forced to stay home for prolonged periods because of COVID-19. This study highlights 25 cases of unusual frequent urination associated with abnormal sleep and their relation to staying home for prolonged periods during the pandemic.
September 17, 2020