Jan 1, 2016 Issue
Somatic Symptom Disorder [Article]

Learn how to distinguish somatic symptoms from those with a biologic cause, and management strategies that can help primary care clinicians work more effectively with patients with this disorder.

Dec 1, 2015 Issue
Psychological Interventions for Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Psychological therapy, specifically cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), has been shown to reduce the severity of medically unexplained physical symptoms in patients with somatoform disorders. The effect is small to moderate in magnitude, but in these studies CBT was as acceptable as usual care to patients.

Nov 15, 2015 Issue
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

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.

Nov 1, 2015 Issue
Common Questions About Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders [Article]

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.

Jun 15, 2015 Issue
Recognition and Differential Diagnosis of Psychosis in Primary Care [Article]

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.

Dec 1, 2014 Issue
Schizophrenia [Article]

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.

Dec 15, 2013 Issue
Identifying and Managing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [Article]

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.

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