Dr Sharon Discusses How Insurers Have Responded to the Availability of Therapies for RLS
In this video, Denise Sharon, MD, PhD, Clinical Director and Founding Partner, Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Center of the Gulf Coast, discusses how insurers have responded to the availability of therapies and changes in clinical practice guidelines for RLS.
This video was taken on June 4, 2013, at the Sleep 2013 Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
Evidence of who gets post-traumatic stress disorder, how genetics plays a role, and how to treat it is growing, but much work remains to help the estimated 3.5% of the population who suffer its effects in any given year, according to Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine, and vice chair for Clinical Research in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Measuring quality in psychiatric care and using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques for better pain management were some of the ideas of interest to managed care professionals at the 27th US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, which opened Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, invited a roomful of conference attendees to put down the notes, close their eyes, set an intention, and breathe, gaining an “awareness of the breath.” His session, "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Patients with Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness,” highlighted techniques based on 2000-year-old Eastern philosophy that can help patients learn to respond to pain, not react to it.
The better-known symptoms of schizophrenia are devastating enough: hallucinations, delusions, agitated body movements, the inability to experience pleasure. Yet even when these facets are controlled with antipsychotic drugs, cognitive deficits that make it hard to maintain relationships or hold a job can still consign patients to a life in the shadows, with few friends or little contact with family.
For more than 70 years, standard care for those addicted to alcohol or drugs has called for the afflicted person to abstain from the substance completely, and to become immersed in a community of fellow sufferers for support. This is particularly true in the early months, when the “phenomenon of craving” remains acute.
Building trust, or a “therapeutic alliance,” between the therapist and patient with personality disorder is needed to help the patient work through core beliefs of worthlessness and unlovability that affect behavior, according to Judith S. Beck, PhD, who was the featured speaker Saturday at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, being held in Orlando, Florida.