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Depression

In this CME article, the focus is on persons with a formally recognized recurrent wintertime mood disorder that rises to such a level that it merits a diagnostic title and clinical intervention.

The ethical status of suicide is not a question psychiatrists can ignore. After all, our duty to preserve and protect life is founded on moral values, even if they are so deeply embedded in our medical ethos that we no longer sense their moral underpinnings.

A nationwide study finds health problems common in adolescence, and often linked with emotional symptoms. Another cross-sectional study finds psychiatric disorders in adolescence linked with chronic pain.

Neuroimaging studies show associations between brain activation and bipolar symptoms. Can this kind of insight be integrated into a clearer diagnostic picture?

There is very little evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants in bipolar disorder, particularly for longer-term use. However, there are at least 9 alternatives to conventional antidepressants.

Numerous resources are available, in person or online, to help families cope with the challenge of helping a member who has bipolar disorder.

Individual trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing are more effective than usual care in PTSD symptoms, a Cochrane review concludes.

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