Monday, May 7, 2012

Psychotherapy, Addiction Among Popular Topics at APA Annual Meeting

Psychotherapy Under Microscope but Undeservedly So
The role of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice and training is under scrutiny, said Jerald Kay, M.D., at APA's 2012 annual meeting today. Read more here.

Psychiatrists Need to Collaborate With Other Medical Specialists, Says Lazarus
You can’t practice alone. That’s the message Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., president-elect of the AMA, gave to psychiatrists at the APA annual meeting symposium “Psychiatry and the Role of Psychiatrists as Leaders in the Field of Medicine in Terms of Health Policy and the Changes in Health Care Delivery” at APA’s 2012 annual meeting in Philadelphia. In this video, Lazarus talks about the goals and priorities of the coming year and why psychiatrists need to pay attention to organized medicine.

Challenges in Addiction Treatment Examined
The lack of effective pharmacologic treatments for alcohol dependence is a solvable problem, said Henry Kranzler, M.D., a professor of psychiatry, associate scientific director of the Alcohol Research Center and program director of the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. At APA’s annual meeting, Kranzler reviewed the four FDA-approved medications for alcohol dependence: Antabuse, Revia, Campral, and Vivitrol. Read more here.

Power of ‘Mindfulness’ Can Be Harnessed for Healing
Mindfulness—the practice of training the mind to be fully attentive to the present moment, without judgment—has in the last two decades entered the lexicon of medicine, psychiatry, and social work with the potential to transform the way we think of mind, body, and healing. That’s what Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., said at a presidential symposium at APA’s annual meeting. Read more here.


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