A Review of Best Practice in the Treatment of ADHD (1)

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Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia (1)

Psychosis, and particularly in the form of schizophrenia, is often seen as a serious life altering condition. However, in clinical practice many patients can attain remission or at least substantial remission, which enables them to lead the personal and professional lives they want. While medication plays a significant role, particularly in the acute stages and their aftermath, psychotherapy and social support gain additional prominence in relapse prevention over the long-term. They are also indicated in patients who may not have had a full psychotic episode yet but are at greater risk for one. Work on internal and external communication patterns has shown in individual cases to be very helpful as a psychotherapeutic approach to support the patient in fulfilling own needs and aspirations, while increasing treatment compliance and the overall quality of life. Communication-Focused Therapy®, as developed by the author, offers a theoretical framework and an extensive toolset for this approach to treatment.

Keywords: psychosis, schizophrenia, psychotherapy, Communication-Focused Therapy®, CFT®, medication, psychiatry

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Treatment-Resistant Panic Attacks (1)

Abstract—Panic attacks interfere significantly with an individual’s life. They have biological, but also psychological and environmental causes. The best therapy is usually a combination of psychotherapy and medication. This article covers several options.

Index Terms—panic attacks, panic disorder, medication, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Haverkampf CJ Treatment-Resistant Panic Attacks J Psychiatry Psychotherapy Communication 2016 Jun 30 5(2) 45-68

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A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (5)

Abstract – Psychiatric medication has made many psychiatric conditions treatable within the last hundred years. Especially in combination with psychotherapy, medication has changed the lives of many patients radically, allowing them to have families and work in normal jobs even with conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, which were previously considered untreatable. Advances in psychopharmacology not only improved the individual quality of life but also benefitted families, communities and even national economies. This article gives a brief overview of the main groups of psychiatric medication.

Keywords: medication, psychiatry

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A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (5) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

Bipolar Disorder and Medication (4)

Bipolar disorder is a condition affecting an individual’s affective states (mood). The different flavors of bipolar disorder have in common that there are alterations in mood between above ‘normal’ (hypomania, mania) and normal or below normal (melancholia, depression). The other important mood disorders are the various types of depression, while mania without episodes of depressions is a rarity. The first line treatment of choice in cases of bipolar disorder is medication. However, in the long run psychotherapy has shown to be successful in making the condition more manageable for individuals suffering from it. This article presents a brief overview of the different types of medication used for bipolar disorder.

Keywords: bipolar disorder, medication, psychiatry

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Bipolar Disorder and Medication (4) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

Anxiety and Medication (4)

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. However, with psychotherapy or a combination of psychotherapy and medication anxiety disorders have become highly treatable. Since there is a high comorbidity with other conditions, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the use of an antidepressant for both the anxiety and depression can lead to significant improvements in the patient’s quality of life. This article explores the biology of anxiety and the different types of medication to treat it.

Keywords: anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, medication, psychiatry

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Anxiety and Medication (4) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf