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The End Of The Four Year Journey

The End Of The Four Year Journey

By Martha Four year seems like a long time. A lot can happen and a lot can change, especially people. At the start of my journey, I was miserable. I felt lost and like I was all alone in the world. All that angers and sadness had built up from years of bullying and the harsh words of my peers. That’s when I began cutting. I never really understood why I did that, maybe it was … Read entire article »

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Support For HB 5290: Bullying Prevention bill

Support For HB 5290: Bullying Prevention bill

We would like to share this news shared with us by Meryl Camin Sosa, Esq., Executive Director, of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. The Illinois HB 5290 – Bullying Prevention bill is a step toward improving public policy on bullying. It is very important to continue improving Illinois’ policies on bullying.  Too many children are bullied and end up in in-patient units and therapeutic schools throughout Illinois (as well as nationally).  Even though this bill is not as … Read entire article »

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ADHD, Stimulant Medications and Cardiac Risk

ADHD, Stimulant Medications and Cardiac Risk

Approximately 5% of children suffer from ADHD. With so many kids with this condition, a large part of a child psychiatrist’s practice can be devoted to treating ADHD. As with all other psychiatric conditions, it is critically important to rule out general medical issues that can be causing or worsening the psychiatric symptoms. Physical examinations and screen tests (including labs) are very important in excluding these conditions. Additionally, making sure that medications are going … Read entire article »

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Telepsychiatry and the Future of Medicine

Telepsychiatry and the Future of Medicine

Three years ago I started practicing telemedicine by taking care of patients approximately 120 west of Chicago over highly secure/encrypted internet connections. I have found success and gratification in caring for patient through this technology, especially because I have been accessible to individuals in rural Illinois. As a member of the IL Psychiatric Society Telepsychiatry Committee, we know there is lots of work to do with this new form of practicing medicine. … Read entire article »

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Psychiatry H & P

Psychiatry H & P

Identifying Information: Age Ethnic racial background Marital status + number of years couple has been together Home lived + number of years School attended+ place worked-how many years Chief complaint: “patient’s own words.” HPI 1st time pt ever saw a psychiatrist Mention the top 5/6 things you want us to discuss today because the last thing I want to do is waste your time 5 things that must be ruled out in psychiatry: Mood (Depression, Mania, Anxiety) Psychosis Substance use ± Suicidal Ideations (SI)àplan/intent? ±Homicidal Ideation (HI) Legal problem issues Tobacco use Major … Read entire article »

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