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Welcome to the June 2016 CPD
RCPsych International Congress? Come and see us at the
'Online Hub' on the College stand for demonstrations of CPD
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Mind? Brain?... or
By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD
In 1869 a certain W. Conklin quoted the
American columnist Fanny Fern saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is
through his stomach’ (The Lakeside Monthly, Volume 1, p108 Feb
1869). While this perhaps hinted at the author’s previous
(unsuccessful) career as a surgeon, it remains true to this day
that how we think is related to how we feel, and that one of the
joys of psychiatry is the improvements in the mind we can assist by
appropriately treating the body. Indeed, some might view the chief
benefits of antidepressants as being their restoring a depressed
organism’s energy, sleep and appetite to the point where its mind
can complete the process. Despite our daily confrontations with the
byzantine complexity of the human psyche, easy wins can often
derive from a firm grasp of physiology, anatomy and
Keeping all this in one place – our heads – is
no mean task, so here at CPD Online we try to maintain the balance
between mind and body through modules explicitly addressing the
prosaic mechanics of the human body, in detail appropriate to our
daily practice. Recent modules include
Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia and
The management of hyperprolactinemia in psychiatric practice,
and if you’re dashing for a bus, there’s always the new Quickbite
Monitoring and managing the renal adverse effects of lithium.
We hope the musings of colleagues who have a particular interest in
these areas will both inform and clarify, helping us all to be
better clinicians, caring for mind and body.
Rapid tranquillisation in children and
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
Metabolic syndrome is a global epidemic
that can have severe effects. It is common in people with
schizophrenia, and antipsychotic agents can increase the risks.
However, appropriate intervention by clinicians can reduce the risk
of mortality and morbidity. Here you are given a framework to help
with the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and advice on appropriate
treatment paths for patients at risk.
Non-attendance at school is associated with
lowered academic performance, social isolation, impaired
self-esteem, and greater likelihood of unemployment in the future.
This module focuses on child-motivated non-attendance, specifically
due to problems such as fear, anxiety or oppositional behaviour.
After looking at the causes, the author discusses how to provide a
comprehensive assessment and management plan and suggests
approaches for more complex cases.
Recognising autism spectrum disorders in children with normal-range
updated and revised by Leticia Gutierrez-Galve and Ramya Srinivasan
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.
health needs of refugees
Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her
experiences working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses
how mental health professionals can best address their psychosocial
meditation: programmes for psychological stress and
Dr Madhav Goyal discusses the findings from
his study 'Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and
Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis' published in
JAMA Internal Medicine. Hear some surprising conclusions about the
effectiveness of meditation.
Diagnosing bipolar depression
Hoarding disorder: symptoms, diagnosis and
Catatonia: a guide for clinicians
View our most popular modules and
Highlights of the May
What can we learn
from offspring studies in bipolar
Loftus et al review studies of the offspring of parents with
bipolar disorder and explore the clinical characteristics of these
populations. They discuss the heterogeneity in reported results,
and environmental risk factors associated with transition from an
‘at-risk’ state to bipolar disorder. Last, they discuss the
implications of study findings for early intervention strategies
and primary and early secondary prevention programmes.
Santosh & Singh review pharmacological
advances in the treatment of the core symptoms of ASD and its
comorbid conditions. Challenges encountered when treating the most
frequent comorbidities are discussed, with emphasis on the safety,
tolerability and efficacy of medications. In view of its widespread
use, complementary and alternative medicine is also described.
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