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Welcome to the August 2016 CPD
Did you attend this year's
RCPsych International Congress? We are pleased to say that we
conducted some great podcast interviews
with key speakers, and these are all available to listen to for
free on CPD Online. Subscribers can also answer the associated MCQs
to obtain 0.5 CPD credits per podcast. See the 'Latest podcasts'
section below for more details.
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Interesting and challenging times for our
By Dr Elspeth Pike, CPD Online Trainee
It is often stated that the phrase “May you live in interesting
times” is an ancient Chinese curse. The exact origins of the phrase
are unclear, perhaps reflecting the confusion often associated with
“interesting times”. It has even been suggested that the phrase
actually has British origin, and certainly we are currently living
in very interesting times! The disruption and excitement of these
times often provide important lessons which can continue to guide,
and improve, our current practice long after life has returned to a
more settled state.
CPD Online provides a number of resources to encourage you to
explore the interesting and challenging times faced by our
profession. A recent CPD Online podcast (The fate of psychiatric
patients under National Socialism – recorded at the RCPsych
Congress 2016) examines the role of doctors in Germany under
National Socialism and questions if similar atrocities could ever
The “Psychedelic drug therapy in psychiatry” module reviews
recent and historical investigations of the potential therapeutic
use of these substances. The module also examines the role and use
of these substances in wider, non-clinical, culture and
Staying with social and cultural factors the
Gender, madness and society in 20th century Britain module aims
to provide an insight in to the factors that influenced ideas about
mental illness through the 20th century and how these historical
beliefs can impact current practice. We hope that these modules
encourage you to continue to reflect on how we as a profession, and
as individuals, practice.
Hoarding disorder: symptoms,
diagnosis and management
Traditionally, hoarding was considered a symptom of
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but hoarding disorder was
introduced in DSM-5 in 2013 as a new diagnostic entity. This module
covers the clinical presentation of hoarding disorder, as well as
its epidemiology and aetiology. It also explains how to carry out a
diagnostic assessment and covers the current best evidence-based
strategies for treatment and multi-agency management.
Rapid tranquillisation in
children and adolescents
Learn how to manage violence in young people and adolescents and
grasp the rapid tranquillisation guidance for this age group. The
module covers the different classes of medication and their routes
of administration, as well as post-treatment monitoring and special
circumstances that require additional consideration when rapid
tranquillisation is used.
Recognising autism spectrum
disorders in children with normal-range
intelligence [Fully updated and revised by
Leticia Gutierrez-Galve and Ramya Srinivasan September
In recent years autism specialists have come to recognise that
many children with characteristics of autism have intelligence
within the normal range. Learn how to identify the features of
autism particularly in children with normal intelligence through
video and other interactive means.
The following podcast interviews were recorded at the 2016
RCPsych International Congress:
risks, harms and interventions
In recent years, concerns about crystalline methamphetamine use
have increased in multiple countries. Taking the drug regularly can
lead to dependence, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Professor
Michael Farrell discusses the associated harms, and the possible
preventative strategies that can be adopted.
People who hear voices – what
happens to them?
Dr Kelly Diederen discusses the findings of her latest research,
which follows up a group of adults who hear voices but who are not
formally diagnosed as psychotic. What happens to these people over
a period of time?
Omega-3 fatty acids and
Dr Brian Hallahan discusses the key findings of his
meta-analysis, which pools together all the data accumulated on
omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids in an attempt to cut through
to the truth about omega-3s and depression.
The fate of psychiatric patients
under National Socialism
Prior to and during World War 2, more than 200,000 patients with
mental illness or learning disability were killed, often by their
own doctors. President of the German Society of Psychiatry,
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Professor Frank Schneider,
discusses the lessons that can be learned from this dark period in
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the July
a rapid antidepressant: the debate and
Researchers have found that intravenous
ketamine infusion has a rapid antidepressant effect and have
therefore proposed ketamine as a novel antidepressant. Ho &
Zhang debate this proposed use, considering the drug’s addictive
potential, ethical concerns about prescribing a hallucinogen, the
evidence base and motives behind ketamine trials.
Lessons from akrasia
in substance misuse: a clinicophilosophical
Radoilska & Fletcher explore the philosophical concept of
akrasia (weakness of will) and demonstrate its relevance to
clinical practice. In particular, reflecting on fictional case
vignettes they challenge an implicit notion of individuals' control
over their actions that might impede recovery from substance
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