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Because obsessive-compulsive disorder is complex with varying manifestations, diagnosis is often delayed. Primary care physicians can play a crucial role in reducing the burden of the disorder through early detection and treatment.
Cognitive behavior therapy has been proven as effective or more effective than medications for several psychiatric disorders. Find out how to integrate it into your practice and provide referrals to effective therapists.
Learn how to distinguish primary from secondary psychosis, and which signs and symptoms to look for to determine the underlying cause.
Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults in Primary Care: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for suicide risk in adolescents, adults, and older adults in primary care.
Learn about the latest diagnostic criteria from the DSM 5, and how to choose between antipsychotic medications.
Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Psychological Therapies for Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are more effective than other therapies in reducing PTSD symptom severity up to four months after treatment, but more robust studies are needed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs in an estimated 8% of men and 20% of women who are exposed to traumatic events. PTSD is a trauma- and stress-related disorder associated with significant psychosocial morbidity, substance abuse, and other negative physical health outcomes. The hallmarks of...
Oct 15, 2013 Issue
Two Views on the DSM-5: The Need for Caution in Diagnosing and Treating Mental Disorders [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
Primary care physicians should not blindly follow DSM-5's lead toward looser psychiatric diagnoses and should exercise much greater caution in the prescription of psychotropic drugs.
Oct 15, 2013 Issue
Two Views on the New DSM-5: DSM-5: A Diagnostic Guide Relevant to Both Primary Care and Psychiatric Practice [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
We are optimistic that by having welcomed an extensive review process and taken active steps to make DSM-5 more applicable to all of medicine, we have generated an approach that signifies a much improved future for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.
Jul 15, 2013 Issue
Treating Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder in the Medical Office [Curbside Consultation]
The prevalence of borderline personality disorder in the general population is thought to be between 1% and 2%. As family physicians, we often treat these patients for chronic medical conditions. There are multiple obstacles to caring for these patients because of their difficult behaviors (e.g., an...