Category Archives: Resources for Interns

Learning links and information that might help interns advance their training.

Friday Factoids: Recognition of Personhood Among Suicidal Women Admitted to Psychiatric Hospitals

Hargen et al., examined the experience of 11 women who were admitted to a psychiatric hospital and were struggling with suicide (2020). It was found that individuals struggling with suicidality and being in the position as a patient in a … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids (Catch-Up): Navigating Political Differences in Supervision and Training

Dr. Tania Israel discusses tips for how to have productive conversations regarding hot-button political issues if they should arise in supervision and training. The first tip is that no matter what your motivation, the best thing you can do is … Continue reading

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Article Review: Cardiac Surgery and Psychosis

Individuals undergoing open heart surgery are at risk of experiencing both delirium and psychosis.  Rates of delirium after such surgery are estimated to fall between 8-23%, but rates of psychosis have not been as clearly identified.  In addition, the factors … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Returning to Work During COVID

While there has been some research exploring the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic broadly, limited research has specifically explored the effects of returning to a physical workplace during the COVID pandemic. In early 2020, a group of researchers … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Has COVID affected the kinds of psychiatric cases seen in the Emergency Department?

  In an effort to better understand the influence the COVID pandemic had on reasons for psychiatric visits to the Emergency Department, researchers at a New York City hospital compared diagnoses and referral outcomes for children, adolescents and adults in … Continue reading

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Article Review: Clinical Differentiation of Bipolar II Disorder from Borderline Personality Disorder

  A common diagnostic dilemma among clinicians is differentiating between Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Bipolar II Disorder (BP II) (Bayes et al., 2014). These two disorders share similar features including impulsivity and emotional dysregulation. Additionally, “affect storms” in individuals … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Drinking to Cope with the Pandemic

  Individuals around the world have faced significant stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including stay-at-home orders, high rates of unemployment, and millions of deaths as of February 2021. Rodriguez et al. (2020) explored how perceived threat and psychological distress … Continue reading

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Article Review: Psychosocial Treatment of Schizophrenia

Canadian Treatment Guidelines for psychosocial treatments of schizophrenia were recently updated.  Each of the following treatments were supported by at least one randomized control study, though many were supported by metanalyses of randomized controlled studies.  The authors emphasize that psychosocial … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Transgender Patient Care on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Special considerations may be needed for transgender patients who are admitted to a psychiatric unit, to better assist with their care. These considerations should begin prior to the patient’s arrival. It is recommended that patients share a room with others … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Migraines and Epilepsy Olfactory Hallucinations

Olfactory hallucinations are said to be one of the less common forms of hallucinations associated with psychotic disorders. However, olfactory hallucinations are said to occur with several other neurological disorders, most commonly temporal lobe epilepsy in which the aura before … Continue reading

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