The British Journal of Psychiatry: The Journal of Mental Science
A case of de ClÈrambault syndrome, secondary to paranoid schizophrenia, in a Saudi woman is documented. Cultural factors were found ineffective in modifying or preventing symptoms. Erotomania appeared to arise from the same dynamics as those of the Western patients and to follow the same pattern.
OBJECTIVE: Inpatient group psychotherapy in acute psychiatric units has been a much maligned treatment modality with doubts cast upon its therapeutic value. However, local Chinese patients value and benefit from its inclusion in the therapeutic package after some adjustments to its structure and content. DESIGN: Groups of 8 inpatients met weekly with a regular therapist and co-therapist. Feedback forms were filled by consenting patients at the end of each session to rate the value of each treatment modality in the ward package and to ascertain if therapeutic factors had been achieved.
In addition to its indicated uses, hypnosis can play another important, more indirect role in consultation-liaison psychiatry. It can serve the consulting psychiatrist as an entree to physicians or who have rejected traditional psychiatric help. Four case studies which illustrate this point are presented and discussed.
This paper shows a model of team-work between an internal specialist and a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, which aims at fighting against addiction to nicotine. Such team-work helps to increase the rate of success. The study described in this paper was carried out in a village in the Tyrol. An instructive campaign was organized, which lasted for several years. During this campaign an internal specialist informed the population about the sequelae of nicotine addiction.
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
One hundred 5- to 12-year-old boys referred for outpatient psychiatric evaluation were assessed for cross-gender behavior using the Child Behavior and Attitude Questionnaire (CBAQ) and the Child Game Participation Questionnaire (CGPQ), and for possible associated psychopathology using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and clinical psychiatric (DSM-III) diagnoses. On the two feminine scales of the CBAQ and CGPQ, 30 to 50% scored within defined clinical ranges.
This paper examines patient resistances, especially in early recovery, and explores some therapist's dilemmas and hazards arising from personal issues and gaps in professional training. To some extent, these vary according to the route by which the practitioner became involved in treating addiction. The vulnerabilities of the conventionally trained mental health therapist are contrasted with difficulties often seen among those whose training and primary experience base is in substance abuse treatment.
The prominence of Twelve-Step programs has led to increased attention on the putative role of spirituality in recovery from addictive disorders. We developed a 6-item Spirituality Self-Rating Scale designed to reflect a global measure of spiritual orientation to life, and we demonstrated here its internal consistency reliability in substance abusers on treatment and in nonsubstance abusers.
Schweizer Archiv Für Neurologie Und Psychiatrie (Zurich, Switzerland: 1985)
After a short description of depression treatment wards in the Federal Republic of Germany an overview due to recent treatment strategies is given. One of the main tasks of depression ward (affective disorder units) as a specialized treatment setting is to address problems like the difficult patient with complex diagnostic, often medical and management problems.
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present pilot study was to examine the effectiveness of a relaxation massage therapy programme in reducing stress, anxiety and aggression on a young adult psychiatric inpatient unit. METHOD: This was a prospective, non-randomized intervention study comparing treatment as usual (TAU) with TAU plus massage therapy intervention (MT) over consecutive 7 week blocks (May-August 2006). MT consisted of a 20 min massage therapy session offered daily to patients during their period of hospitalization.