"Safe consumption sites" are medically-supervised venues where heroin users can inject heroin in clean, safe, and medically-supervised facilities.
Experiencing the loss of a friend brings a new perspective to working in addiction medicine.
Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.
Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.
Patients facing addiction aren't from another planet - they're our parents, our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends.
For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.
Federal law does not allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opiate use disorder.
In sleep studies, a partner's report of the patient's symptoms can be invaluable, but what if they're lying?
Experiencing the grief of losing someone to suicide can bring a new perspective on the importance of suicide prevention resources.
Whether to prescribe psychotropic medications in children with anxiety and sleep disorders is a common ethical dilemma faced by primary care providers.
Patients with Charles Bonnet syndrome do not have mental illness or cognition problems and are very aware that they are seeing images that are not there.
Employ these strategies for keeping season affective disorder (SAD) at bay.
In sleep medicine, clinicians often use the alpha blocker prazosin to control nightmares if the nightmares are overwhelming the patient.
PainWeek 2014 featured its first ever PA- and NP- centered tracks, which included talks on pain management and medical errors.
Females are more likely to have suicide attempts; males are more likely to have completed suicides.
Patients diagnosed with complicated grief and sleep disturbance have nearly double the risk of early death.
About 50% to 70% of patients diagnosed with anxiety report having difficulty sleeping.
Clinicians are seeing more boys with eating disorders and/or complications related to inappropriate diets, supplement use and steroid use.
Remembering commonalities helps when treating difficult patient populations.
One of the major challenges for clinicians is the almost complete lack of knowledge about methadone treatment that pervades the medical community.
Paying close attention to your patients' medications and how they relate to sleep symptoms aids in diagnosis and treatment.
As more military personnel return to the United States with PTSD symptoms, now is the perfect time to refresh our knowledge on treating this disorder.
Many patients are so overwhelmed with the day-to-day activities of life that health takes a back seat.
The long-term health consequences of bath salts are not yet known, but experience suggests that proactive efforts are needed to minimize it's public health impact.
Efforts to end gun violence in Newtown's wake must address 'culture of violence.'
During psychotic episodes or relapse, patients with schizophrenia may experience total sleeplessness, worsening their illness.
Nearly one million people die of suicide each year, according to WHO, and sleep may play a bigger role in the problem than you think.
Remember to ask about caffeine and alcohol use when patients present with sleep complaints.
Bullying can begin as early as kindergarten, and it can affect all children regardless of race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Getting patients to make behavior changes that stick can be tough. Treating the change as a process can help.
Assessing mental health in primary care can be daunting, especially if community resources are scarce and your patient has limited finances.
With our heavy schedules, it is often easier to focus on the task at hand. But is this really providing our patients with the best care?
Patients must understand that depression during pregnancy can be more risky to the mother and child than antidepressant use.
Patients who lucid dream are able to change their dreams at will, as if switching the channel on a television.
Unrefreshing sleep can lead to prefrontal cortical dysfunction. In children, this can manifest as behavioral problems, difficulty controlling emotions and difficulty with attention and hyperactivity.
Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.
Try bright light therapy before sleep medications or stimulants for patients with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.
A patient visits the sleep clinic complaining of being awakened by a bomb-like noise.
Combating daytime sleepiness is often as easy as turning off the TV before bed.
Just 8% of participants in a study assessing how primary care patients who are prescribed opioids are tracked underwent urine testing, only half made regular visits to their prescribers and 23% received more than one early opioid refill.
A simple model for change can help you effectively reevaluate your patient's progress towards lifestyle modifications in the new year.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families suffer most, as drug manufacturers produce fewer generic medications.
"Bath salts" are new synthetic drugs that are typically found as white, light tan or brown powders, believed to contain psychoactive chemicals known as mephedrone and/or methylenedioxypyvrovalerone.
Florida House Bill 155 prohibits health care providers from inquiring about the presence of firearms in the homes of patients. Does it violate the clinician-patient relationship?
Are health care providers adequately prepared to address patients' psychological issues?
Although it might be cheaper to fill a prescription, many medications for depression, anxiety and pain have unwanted side effects. Try discussing alternatives, such as medication and yoga, with your patients.
When it comes to losing weight, many patients seek instant gratification.
Women are increasingly asking health care providers for help with their sex life.
Women's health care providers should encourage self-awareness, appreciation and acceptance among adolescent patients.
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There has been a recent explosion in the diagnosis if delusions of parasitosis, in which patients mistakenly believe they have a skin infestation.