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New APA Guidelines: Limit Use of Antipsychotics for Agitation and Psychosis in Patients with Dementia

On May 1, the APA published new practice guidelines aimed at improving care for older adults with dementia—a vulnerable and growing population. Unlike previous practice guidelines that have broadly addressed disorders or categories of disorders, these guidelines focus on the use of antipsychotics for a specific set of conditions, agitation and psychosis in patients with dementia. The guidelines recommend judicious use of antipsychotic medications for these patients.

Time is Now to Support the ECT Reclassification Effort

The FDA recently proposed a rule change that would reclassify electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) devices used for treating major depressive disorder from class III (high risk) to class II (low risk). The change would significantly improve access to an effective and potentially lifesaving treatment.

Pass Comprehensive Mental Health Reform to Support Community Resilience

After the first reports of the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, mental illness was not much in the conversation. That’s unusual. More often than not after a mass shooting, commentators, reporters and public officials speculate on or blame mental illness.

Weakening Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Will Negatively Impact Care

A case before the Supreme Court of the State of Washington could have implications for the psychiatrist-patient relationship and for the practice of psychiatry.

Working to Decriminalize Mental Illness

The criminalization of the mentally ill is nothing short of a national tragedy – one that exacts a large medical, emotional and economic toll on some of the most vulnerable members of our society and their families each day.