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Expert Consultations: Real-World AnswersLithium: How to Manage Dosage and Side Effects and Persuade Patients to Take It – Interview with David Osser, M.D.PUBLISHED: 10/01/2021PsychopharmacologyLithium: How to Manage Dosage and Side Effects and Persuade Patients to Take It – InterviewDavid Osser, M.D.GuestDavid Osser, M.D.Mohan Gautam, D.O., M.S.Interview byMohan Gautam, D.O., M.S.In this interview, Dr. David Osser […]

chat with devi shetty

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone. Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart? Ans: 1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil […]

Loneliness Tied To Premature Death: Loss Of Friends, Family Makes You 14% More Likely To Die Early

#89859096 / gettyimages.com By John Ericson | Feb 17, 2014 04:42 PM EDT Loneliness will increase your risk of premature death, but moving to Florida won’t help, a new study finds. Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock Loneliness may not only be miserable — it could also be unsafe, according to new research linking extreme loneliness to […]


What do a 2,500 year-old monk and a modern-day ninth-generation military woman have in common? Besides some common thread of humanity, on the surface it may not seem like much. Like the military, mindfulness has a deep-seated history. Rooted in Buddhist psychology, mindfulness made its way into modern-day American society in various forms in the […]

Hyposkillia , Deficiency of Clinical Skills

Hyposkillia Deficiency of Clinical Skills Herbert L. Fred, MD, MACP Author information ► Copyright and License information ► This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. The medical profession today faces many problems. We march to bureaucratic drummers, we have lost our autonomy, our prestige has spiraled downward, and our professionalism is sagging.1,2 […]

preschool depression

The study findings demonstrate that preschool depression was a significant and robust predictor of meeting full DSM-5 criteria for major depressive disorder in later childhood and early adolescence (i.e., at ages 6–13). The predictive power of preschool depression for school-age depression remained strong and undiminished even when other key environmental and familial risk factors were […]

Dual reuptake inhibitors incur lower rates of tachyphylaxis than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a retrospective study.

BACKGROUND: The notion that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be associated with higher relapse rates than other antidepressants during maintenance treatment (tachyphylaxis) has been discussed for years, but to date there is little or no empirical evidence confirming this phenomenon. In this study, we systematically assessed prior anti-depressant treatment history in a cohort of depressed patients […]

Evidence-Based Treatments of Addiction

Charles P. O’Brien FOCUS 2011;9:107-117.   Both pharmacotherapy and behavioural treatment are required to relieve the symptoms of addictive disorders. This paper reviews the evidence for the benefits of pharmacotherapy and discusses mechanisms where possible. Animal models of addiction have led to some medications that are effective in reducing symptoms and improving function but they […]

Diet’s Relationship to Brain Health Provides Much Food for Thought

Clinical and Research News September 18, 2009 Jun Yan New research evidence supports a beneficial effect of a Mediterranean type of diet on preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, according to two studies published in the August 12 Journal of the American Medical Association. A diet low in meat and poultry and high […]

quetiapine and BPD

Quetiapine Appears Effective in Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Study Finds A new study, “Comparison of Low and Moderate Dosages of Extended-Release Quetiapine in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial,” in AJP in Advance provides evidence for the antipsychotic quetiapine’s use as a potential therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD). A research team led by Donald […]


May 01, 2014 | Special Reports, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Neuropsychiatry By Marco Mula, MD, PhD Linked Articles Computerized Neurocognitive Tests in Clinical Practice Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Should We Be Worried? Introduction: Understanding the Links Between Neuroscience and Behavior Management of Psychosis in Parkinson Disease Epilepsy and Seizures: Neuropsychiatric Implications For a long time, the correlation between epilepsy, seizures, and emotions has […]

mentally challenging work and leisurely pursuits can delay the onset of dementia

those at higher genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, completing more school and going on to a lifetime of mentally challenging work and leisurely pursuits can delay the onset of dementia by close to nine years, says a new study. Preventing Alzheimer’s disease — with an antidepressant Melissa Healy Cultivating both early educational attainment and […]

Continuing the Conversation about Choosing Wisely: The American Psychiatric Association Releases List of Five Uses of Psychiatric Medication to Question

  Joel Yager, MD, Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine Chair of the APA Council on Quality Care   Recently the APA released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in Psychiatry as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five specific evidence-based recommendations that can […]

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolardisorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, teachers, or individuals themselves recognize that “something is not quite right” about their thinking, feelings, or behavior before one of these illnesses appears in its fullblown form. Being informed about developing symptoms, or early warning signs, can […]

Why I Kiss My Patients

| June 11, 2014 By Pamela Wible, MD I started kissing patients in med school. And I haven’t stopped. During my third-year pediatric rotation, I would stay up late at night in the hospital, holding sick and dying children. I’d lift them from their cribs, kiss them, and sing to them, rocking them back and forth until […]

For Now, Preventive Efforts Are Best Alzheimer’s Weapon

June 14, 2013  DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2013.6b10 Aaron Levin   Several factors can help maintain the brain’s health as people age, says a geriatric psychiatry expert.   “The brain undergoes a lot of wear and tear as it ages,” geriatric psychiatrist Gary Small, M.D., explained at APA’s 2013 annual meeting in May. Small has spent a career seeking […]

How Medicine Became a Growth Business

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Maggie Mahar Below, a guest post by Dr. Clifton Meador. Over the years, Meador has practiced as a family doctor, an epidemiologist, a health care administrator and Dean of the University of Alabama Medical School. He also has published many books and articles including a tale set in the not too distant future […]

What life lessons do you still need to learn?

There are certain life lessons you will need to learn soon or later. If you were taught them when you were young then you got off to a good start in life. If no one taught you these things you will need to go looking for teachers that can help you learn these lessons and […]

income of psychiatrists

With an average annual income of $197,000, psychiatrists rank 6th from the bottom in earnings compared with other specialists, but they are rich in optimism, according to Medscape Psychiatrist Compensation Report 2014. As in other years, orthopedists are the earning leaders, followed by cardiologists. Urologists and gastroenterologists are tied for third place. The lowest earners […]


Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D., Green Med Info Waking Times Every functional medicine psychiatrist has case stories of the ‘probiotic cure’ – of a patient with debilitating symptoms, often obsessive compulsive range, whose symptoms remitted completely with dietary change and probiotic supplementation. Is this voodoo or is it based on a growing understanding of the role of […]

Should there be an ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS graduates?

  GUEST ARTICLES Should there be an ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS graduates? Saturday, March 22, 2014 by Dr Praveenlal Kuttichira Tweet ‘The Hitavada – The People’s Paper’ of March 10 carried an article titled MCI clears ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS pass-outs. The article was written by Mr Vikas Vaidya from Nagpur dated Feb 9. The matter never appeared […]

7 things you need to know if you stay together after an affair

Does an affair mean you should divorce? Posted on March 2, 2014 By David Joel Miller 7 things you need to know if you stay together after an affair Divorce After an Affair? Divorce Cake Photo courtesy of Flickr (DrJohnBullas) So one partner has had an affair, should you divorce? Should you stay and try to work […]

The ethics of the placebo in clinical practice

  P Lichtenberg, U Heresco-Levy, U Nitzan +Author Affiliations Herzog Hospital, and Hadassah Medical School—Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Correspondence to:
 Dr P Lichtenberg
 Herzog Hospital, POB 35300, Jerusalem 91351, Israel;licht@cc.huji.ac.il Accepted 2 June 2003 Abstract While discussions of the ethics of the placebo have usually dealt with their use in a research context, the authors address […]


Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain. The excess fluid puts pressure on the brain, which can cause it to be damaged. The damage to the brain can result in a wide range of symptoms, including: Headache Being sick Blurred vision Difficulty walking Hydrocephalus can usually be treated using a piece of equipment […]

How doctors can spot patients likely to sue

How doctors can spot patients likely to sue.

How doctors can spot patients likely to sue

  PROFESSION [Illustration by Gilbert Ford / www.gilbertford.com] How doctors can spot patients likely to sue Knowing what types of patients are more lawsuit prone can help reduce physicians’ liability risks. By ALICIA GALLEGOS, amednews staff. Posted Feb. 4, 2013. PRINT| E-MAIL| RESPOND| REPRINTS|  SHARE  Medical liability defense attorney Michael J. Sacopulos often hears physicians speak in hindsight about […]

Private Practice’

‘Why I’m Leaving Private Practice’ ‘Why I’m Leaving Private Practice’ January 29, 2013 | Work/Life Balance, Career, Healthcare Reform By David Mokotoff, MD Along with the decision to go into medicine, the next most important professional decision a physician makes is when to leave it. As I rapidly approach the Medicare age, there is much to consider. Although my contract […]


  This week, the National Archives here in New Delhi released a set of letters between Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and a close friend from his South African days, Hermann Kallenbach, a German Jewish architect. Cue a set of ludicrous “Gay Gandhi” headlines across the world, wondering whether the fact the Mahatma signed some letters “Sinly […]

delirium tremens

What is delirium tremens? Delirium tremens (the DTs) is a severe reaction to withdrawal from alcohol. Delirium tremens can be deadly. The DTs usually start 24 to 72 hours after a person who is dependent on alcohol either stops or limits drinking. What is the cause? Chronic drinking changes the way the body and brain […]

possessive mothers

Learn how to deal with a mom that doesn’t know how to let go. A possessive mother can make life difficult for her children and her children’s friends and spouses. Also called “overbearing” or ” controlling,” possessive mothers are still learning how to let go and trust their children’s decision-making abilities. They are also learning […]

photosynthetic animal

The second story is about a sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, which has gained the ability to photosynthesize. It did not evolve this trait in the traditional sense, but rather picked it up from another organism. The slug’s green color is not self-made, but is present due to its collection of chloroplasts, the photosynthetic center of […]

classification of psychotropic drugs

Psychoactive Drugs Mood-altering drugs—also called psychoactive drugs—are drugs that can change or affect the way a person thinks, feels, or acts. These drugs usually have physical effects as well, but what sets them apart from other drugs is that they work on the mind and the senses. Most of these drugs work on the central […]

sibling rivalry

_ _ Most siblings argue and quarrel occasionally. They fight over possessions, space on the sofa, time in the bathroom, or the last donut. On most days, though, siblings are friends and companions instead of rivals and competitors. The ambivalence between love and hate is present in all close relationships. This ambivalence becomes more intense […]

द्विध्रुवी विकार क्या है?

_ द्विध्रुवी विकार क्या है? द्विध्रुवी विकार एक मस्तिष्क विकार है कि चरम मूड में परिवर्तन का कारण बनता है, यह सोच कर, और व्यवहार है. वहां आम तौर पर दो चरणों, एक उन्मत्त चरण और एक उदास चरण. उन्मत्त चरण में आप अत्यधिक सक्रिय लग रहा है और बहुत सक्रिय रहे हैं. उदास चरण […]

मानसिक बीमारी

_ नियोक्ता, दोस्तों और पड़ोसियों के मानसिक बीमारी के बारे में बहुत असहज महसूस हो सकता है. कई लोगों के बजाय इसके साथ सौदा से इस मुद्दे से बचना होगा. वे यह शर्मनाक है और डरावना लगता है. कलंक बीमारी खुद से भी बदतर हो सकती है. एक सर्वेक्षण में पाया गया है कि श्रमिकों […]

पागलपन क्या है?

_ पागलपन क्या है? एक प्रकार का पागलपन एक गंभीर मानसिक बीमारी है. इस बीमारी से लोग परेशान है और बेतरतीब सोच, भाषा, और व्यवहार. वे देखते हैं, सुनने के लिए, हो सकता है, या चीजें हैं जो वास्तव में वहाँ नहीं कर रहे हैं लग रहा है. कभी कभी एक प्रकार का पागलपन के […]

अवसाद क्या है?

अवसाद है जब आप उदास लग रहा है और दैनिक जीवन में रुचि है. आप अन्य लक्षण के रूप में अच्छी तरह से हो सकता है. अवसाद गंभीर करने के लिए हल्का किया जा सकता है. यह एक कम समय या एक लंबे समय के लिए पिछले कर सकते हैं. हम सब समय है जब […]

lady diana had personality problems

_ _ _ __ _ Respected biographer Sally Bedell Smith has written an exhaustive account of the highly conflicted and dysfunctional life of Princess Diana. Diana: In Search of Herself–Portrait of a Troubled Princess (Signet, 2000), puts Diana’s life in perspective by separating her essential traits from the mythic personality created by the media and […]

roots by alex hailey is fiction

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ During President Obama’s inauguration today, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) quoted Alex Haley, the author made world-famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning literary sensation, “Roots.” According to The Washington Post, Haley and Alexander were longtime friends. That’s all well and good, but quoting Alex Haley at an important national […]

rape incidence

Myths about rape go back at least as far as ancient Greece: the story of Zeus taking the form of a swan to rape Leda has been depicted in countless artistic renderings, which usually depict Leda in a state of erotic compliancerapes are /were committed in INDIA at present and also during the past.LORD INDRA […]

happiness forever

_ _   Is happiness forever desirable? Happiness can only be understood in the context of sadness and without sadness happiness is a disease process leading to complications.. Saints have for long understood and propagated the happiness and sadness is a part of life and should be excepted in its entity.They explained in length that […]


_ _ _ _ _ _ _ MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of thin slices of tissues (tomographic images). Normally, protons within tissues spin to produce tiny magnetic fields that are randomly aligned. When surrounded by the strong magnetic field of an MRI device, the magnetic axes align along that […]

ct scan

_ _ _ _ _ n CT, an x-ray source and x-ray detector housed in a doughnut-shaped assembly move circularly around a patient who lies on a motorized table that is moved through the machine. Usually, multidetector scanners with 4 to 64 or more rows of detectors are used because more detectors allow quicker scanning […]

happiness forever

_ _ _ _ _ On Happiness foreverIs happiness forever desirable? it is not.happiness can only be understood in the context of sadness and without sadness happiness is a disease process leading to complications ..A paper describes happiness forever as a medical diseaseBut all this later Today in an entertaining talk on happiness forever by […]


_ _ _ _ _ Headache is pain in any part of the head, including the scalp, face (including the orbitotemporal area), and interior of the head. Headache is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical attention. Pathophysiology Headache is due to activation of pain-sensitive structures in or around the brain, skull, face, […]

huntington’s chorea

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Huntington’s Chorea; Chronic Progressive Chorea; Hereditary Chorea) Huntington’s disease is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by chorea and progressive cognitive deterioration, usually beginning in middle age. Diagnosis is by genetic testing. Treatment is supportive. First-degree relatives are encouraged to have genetic testing. Huntington’s disease affects both sexes […]

fragile x associated tremors/ataxia syndrome

_ Fragile X–associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a genetic disorder affecting mostly men and causing tremor, ataxia, and dementia. FXTAS affects about 1/3000 men. A premutation (an increased number of CGG repeats) occurs in the fragile X mental retardation (FMR1) gene on the X chromosome; if the mutation is full, > 200 repeats occur, causing […]


_ _ _ Chorea is nonrhythmic, jerky, rapid, nonsuppressible involuntary movements, mostly of distal muscles or the face; movements may merge imperceptibly into purposeful or semipurposeful acts that mask the involuntary movements. Athetosis is nonrhythmic, slow, writhing, sinuous movements predominantly in distal muscles, often alternating with postures of the proximal limbs to produce a continuous, […]

demyelinating diseases

Myelin sheaths cover many nerve fibers in the central and peripheral nervous system; they accelerate axonal transmission of neural impulses. Disorders that affect myelin interrupt nerve transmission; symptoms may reflect deficits in any part of the nervous system. Myelin formed by oligodendroglia in the CNS differs chemically and immunologically from that formed by Schwann cells […]


Weakness is one of the most common reasons patients present to primary care clinicians. Weakness is loss of muscle strength, although many patients also use the term when they feel generally fatigued or have functional limitations (eg, due to pain or limited joint motion) even though muscle strength is normal. Weakness may affect a few […]