Episode 20: The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health – Part 2

Episode 20: The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health – Part 2

Assessment, Treatment
On today's episode, we are discussing the second part of a two-part series on the effects of social media use on mental health, specifically with regards to anxiety and mood disorders. Click here to catch up on the first part. Today's episode will cover some of the negative potential effects on mental health that can be seen from social media use, as well as what the clinical recommendations are for clinicians in providing advice and education to their patients on healthy social media use behaviors. References “Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 2018, www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics. “Demographics of Social Media Users and Adoption in the United States.” Social Media Fact Sheet, Pew Research Center, 5 Feb. 2018, www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/social-media/. “Yahoo…
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Episode 16: Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

Episode 16: Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

Psychopharmacology, Treatment
Today's episode covers the treatment option of long acting injectable antipsychotics, including first generation and second generation options, and also how to appropriately convert a patient from oral antipsychotics to a long-acting injection version. Estimated adherence rate in patients taking oral antipsychotics is about 60%. This can be due to the unpleasant potential side effects from antipsychotics, or due to the patient’s belief that they do not have an illness and do not need the treatment. Additionally, some patients may experience auditory hallucinations telling them that they do not need to take the medication. LAI’s can be an excellent treatment choice for patients who have difficulties with medication compliance. References Sadock, Benjamin James. Sadock, Virginia Alcott. Ruiz, Pedro. Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams…
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Episode 14: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Episode 14: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Assessment, Diagnoses, Treatment
Today’s episode is all about the assessment, diagnosis and management of generalized anxiety disorder. We will first review the epidemiology of GAD, followed by discussion of the clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, and evaluation of GAD. We will then move on to management, including options for psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. References Sadock, Benjamin James. Sadock, Virginia Alcott. Ruiz, Pedro. Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015. Print. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. 5th ed. Washington: American Psychiatric, 2014. Print. Stein, Murray B MD PhD, Sareen J MD. “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” The New England Journal of Medicine, 373 (2015): 2059-2068. Web. 29 March 2018. Baldwin, David MA. “Generalized anxiety disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and…
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