Could a warning about the side effects of taking a tranquilizer have prevented a fatal accident?
After two years of success with a generic antidepressant, the patient’s depressive symptoms made an unwelcome return.
Always wear your white coat when conducting home visits. Patients—particularly those with dementia—find this comforting. It lets them know that the person who has come into their home is a “doctor” and that everything will be OK.—HEATHER EMANUEL, PA-C, Lacona, N.Y. (126-12)
The young woman had a personal history of drug use and a family history significant for schizophrenia and suicide.
As is common in many locales, there is a significant wait to see a pediatric psychiatrist in my area. What are the recommendations for starting patients on antidepressants or atypical agents? We conduct basic screening (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ] and Mood Disorder Questionnaire), but are there other tools that are more useful for adolescents?—Deanna Bridge,…