The traditional scholarly medical journal is at risk. The cost of maintaining print journals is extremely high and dependent on advertising revenues. Online open access journals charge high fees to authors which brings into question the rigour..
Sleep problems are associated with most psychiatric disorders. The treatment of insomnia whether primary or secondary is often difficult. The first lines of intervention are sleep hygiene strategies, the use of a sleep diary and cognitive be..
One of the most damaging effects of psychiatric illness is the experience of stigma. Stigmatization is the social rejection of those with mental illness. This may be seen in the tendency to ridicule or shun those with mental illness. It is see..
SUICIDE IS NOT PREDICTABLE Alan Eppel MB, FRCPC Assessment of suicide risk is a core aspect of every psychiatric evaluation. The reality is however that the prediction of completed suicide is a mathematical impossibility. This is because compl..
Volume 2 Number 3 THE EXHUMATION OF ANTI-PSYCHIATRY Recently The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education announced that it has set up a scholarship in “anti-psychiatry” reprising intellectual viewpoints from the middle of t..
Vol 2 #6 Alan Eppel MB, FRCPC Patients, family members and family physicians all too frequently express dissatisfaction with the quality of psychiatric care. Accessibility to care and continuity of care are two of the major quality dimension..
VOL 2 #7 Natasha Snelgrove MD, FRCPC To much fanfare, and with an entire volume of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry dedicated to these guidelines, the fourth iteration of the Canadian Network of Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CANMAT) Guideli..
Vol 2 #8 Over the past several months the Canadian healthcare scene has been hit by a number of journalistic exposés relating to the impact of big Pharma on clinical medicine. The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s leading newspaper..
Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mood disorders: A Review.
Vol 2 #9 Alan Eppel MB, FRCPC The strength of these guidelines released in 2015, is their easy readability and fluent written style coupled with numerous helpful tables and diagrams illustrating key processes. The guidelines were develo..
Vol 2 #10 Alan Eppel The introduction of a category for “Depression with Mixed Features” in DSM 5 has opened a Pandora’s box of confusion. This new category threatens to undermine Leonard’s original division of manic-..