Update on OCD treatment finds support for therapy – but also for new treatments

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on 4-4-17. This article reviews 719 studies published from 2011 two September, 2016. 27 of these studies were assessed as meeting criteria for adequate statistical methods, and were included in this review. The article notes that OCD has been revised for DSM 5 by categorizing it separately from anxieties disorders.

It is time for behavioral professionals to get on board with measurement-based care?

From the American Psychiatric Assoc.’s monthly newsletter Integrated Care News Notes, a link to a video produced by the University of Washington Medical School, A Tipping Point for Measurement-Based Care in Mental Health. This short (less than one minute) video summarizes an article posted by Psychiatric News online, Review Finds Measurement-Based Care Improves Outcomes, posted on 9-2-17.  To cut to the chase, from the Integrated Care News Notes: Despite their proven benefits and patient-centered approach, only 17.9% of psychiatrists and 11.1% of psychologists in the United States routinely administer symptom rating scales to their patients. The video highlights that it’s

Health and wellness news: good news for coffee lovers and runners

Health and wellness news: good news for coffee lovers and runners

Health and wellness news:  good news for coffee lovers, continued, A Weapon Against Dementia in Your Coffee Pot (PsychiatricTimes.com, 4-6-17)  reports on recent research that finds caffeine to have significant protective properties for dementia.  It boosts the production of a protective enzyme that – at least in rats – is protective for Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington diseases. The optimal dose has not yet been determined.  And, An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life (New York Times, 4-12-17) builds on previous research that found that running, or jogging, no matter what the pace, reduced risk of premature

Patient access to medical progress notes improves self care: implications for mental health?

OpenNotes: Patient engagement with low physician hassle discusses evidence emerging that the OpenNotes pilot project, which enables patients to see their physicians progress notes in their medical record, is finding positive results. Physicians had been concerned that having progress notes available to patients would result in longer appointments, more documentation time and increased patient anxiety about what they read, but this is mostly not the case.