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Still A Ways To Go

Treatment of serious mental illnesses has improved over the course of time—but there is still a long way to go. For consumers with schizophrenia, only 14.3% received care that could… Read More

Perspectives Of Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines

Schizophrenia is a challenging diagnosis both domestically and across the world. Various treatment guidelines have been developed by key thought leaders to share perspectives on acute and long-term management of… Read More

Psychotherapies For Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

In the last decades, psychotherapy has gained increasing acceptance as a major treatment option for mood disorders and schizophrenia. This presentation will review the American Psychiatric Association (APA) clinical practice… Read More

Digital Technologies For Schizophrenia

Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick, MD, MSPH, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, discusses the role digital technology plays in the treatment of… Read More

Telemedicine & Medication Adherence

Nonadherence to psychotropic medication is one of the major obstacles when treating mental illnesses. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription. For… Read More

2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Each July, Mental Health America (MHA) aims to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and others that face disproportionate… Read More

Role Of Pharmacogenetics Testing In Psychiatry

Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Lisa Goldstone, PharmD, MS, discuss the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetics testing on current psychiatric practice based on recent evidence from clinical trials as well as… Read More

Digital Endpoints & Medication Optimization

In this presentation Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr. Aungst… Read More

The Pharmacist’s Perspective During The Pandemic

In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr.… Read More

Impact Of Second-Generation Antipsychotics

Dr. Rajiv Tandon outlines treatment options for individuals with schizophrenia and the impact the illness can have on their daily functioning. Listen in to this podcast as he reviews the results… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a PsychU Supporting Organization. To learn more about MHA, please visit their website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Read More

Disclosing To Others Fact Sheet

Ideally, the people around you will understand your illness and encourage you. But the important people in your life might not know much about mental illness. They may want to… Read More

Utilizing PsychU As A Resident

Dr. Pankaj Manocha, MD shares his perspective as a member of PsychU during his fellowship. Dr. Manocha attended his first PsychU live event discussing treatment implications for bi-polar depression, major… Read More

A Prescription For Pharmacist Intervention

Despite the well-known prevalence of mental health conditions, they are woefully undertreated. Consider this: About one in five Americans has a behavioral condition, but fewer than half—only 41%—receive treatment of… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

Types Of Mental Health Professionals Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of the different types of mental health professionals. Resource:Types of Mental Health Professionals (PDF). Download… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

Introduction To Marijuana

Marijuana has become an ubiquitous topic of conversation, which is likely fueled by the changes and proposed changes to legislation throughout the United States. Tune in as Dr. Becky Wong,… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Endocannabinoids

Hear from Chloe Liu, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as she examines the historical research discoveries and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Opioids

Hear from Chip Meyer, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as he examines the historic medical utilization and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of opioids. Explore… Read More

Five Years Of Specialised Early Intervention Versus Two Years Of Specialised Early Intervention Followed By Three Years Of Standard Treatment For Patients With A First Episode Psychosis: Randomised, Superiority, Parallel Group Trial In Denmark (OPUS II)

Key Messages Long-term follow-up studies of specialized early intervention (SEI) programs following discontinuation have been contradictory. OPUS II was the first prolonged SEI study beyond three years. OPUS II reported… Read More

Neuroinflammation & Psychiatric Illness

Key Messages Multiple lines of evidence support the role of neuroinflammatory processes in the pathogenesis of psychiatric illnesses. Neuropsychiatric disorders are frequently found among patients with autoimmune conditions; in addition,… Read More

Looking Beyond Mood & Psychosis: A Focus On Neurocognition

Historically, cognitive impairment was considered an artifact of patients’ symptoms, attention, or motivation problems, and as such, was an underappreciated feature of schizophrenia. However, recent research has shown cognitive impairment… Read More

Introduction To Schizophrenia

Dr. Nicole Meade provides a brief overview of schizophrenia. Key points include the definition, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of schizophrenia. Read More

Dual Diagnosis Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of dual diagnosis (for mental illness and substance abuse disorders), its prevalence, symptoms, and potential… Read More

Schizophrenia Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of schizophrenia, its symptoms, causes, and diagnosis, and potential treatment options available. Resource: Schizophrenia (PDF).… Read More

Sleep Disorders Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of sleep disorders and how they can affect mental illness, their causes and effects, and… Read More

Psychosis Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of psychosis, its symptoms and causes, as well as potential treatment options. Resource: Psychosis Fact… Read More

Mental Health Facts In America

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides statistics on mental illness in the United States, including additional information on the impact and consequences of mental… Read More

Multicultural Mental Health Facts

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), shows statistics on the prevalence of mental illness and use of services within different groups of individuals and mentions… Read More

Mental Health: Know The Warning Signs

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides a general set of symptoms that may indicate the presence of a mental health condition, as well… Read More

Taking Charge Of Your Mental Health

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides information on finding a specialist, making your mental health care appointment count, potential questions to ask your mental… Read More

What Is Mental Health Parity?

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), discusses what mental health parity is, the rules health plans must follow related to federal and state parity laws,… Read More

Mental Health: Managing Stress

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of stress, how it may affect someone, and tips for reducing stress or getting help.… Read More

Mental Health: How To Find Help

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides tips on reaching out for help with a mental illness. Resource: Mental Health: How To Find Help… Read More

Insulin: The Overlooked Neuromodulator

Interview with Thomas Stewart, MD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Yale New Haven Hospital. Read More

Stop Thinking Stupid Thoughts

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to help combat self-stigmatizing thoughts. Resource: Stopping Stupid Thoughts (PDF). Originally published… Read More

Think Ahead

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, is a worksheet you can use to prepare or plan ahead to organize your thoughts… Read More

What’s Underneath

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to slow down and identify how you’re feeling in order to… Read More

Reaching For Recovery: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Just like other conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, schizophrenia requires medical treatment. Resource: Help… Read More

Working With The Treatment Team: Schizophrenia

The Treatment Team, including the psychiatrist, is the best resource for information and advice about schizophrenia. Each Treatment Team can be made up of different types of healthcare professionals, so… Read More

Caregivers & The Right To Help: Schizophrenia

Caregivers can play an important role in helping their loved one manage schizophrenia, but sometimes there’s confusion around the role they can have in the treatment process. So here’s some… Read More

There’s A Person In There

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Making Yourself A Priority

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Accept Help When It’s Offered

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

In The Workplace

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Mental Health Month 2016 Toolkit

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides outreach ideas, items for advocates, fact sheets, and handouts about mental illness. Resource: Mental Health Month 2016: Outreach Toolkit (PDF). Originally… Read More

Advanced Receptor Psychopharmacology

This video is part 3 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video provides an overview of some of the different signaling… Read More

Advanced Neurotransmitters & Neuroglia

This video is part 2 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video reviews neurotransmitter receptor subtypes, provides an overview of neurotransmitter… Read More

Psychiatric Emergency & Crisis

Ahmed Raslaan Nizar, MD shares his perspective on psychiatric emergencies and crisis management in this audio interview. Dr. Nizar is the Medical Director at Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), an… Read More

Inflammation In Neurological & Psychiatric Diseases

Key Messages This review article examined findings on the relationship of inflammation with neurological and psychiatric disorders. Several lines of evidence supported the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of… Read More

Pharmacokinetics: The Basics

During this recorded presentation, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, provided a brief overview of the basics of pharmacokinetics. The presentation’s objectives included: Explain the concept and clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics Describe… Read More

Anxiety Comorbidity in Schizophrenia

Key Messages This review article examined the current state of knowledge regarding the epidemiology, course, and treatment of anxiety comorbidity in schizophrenia. Based on a recent meta-analysis, nearly 40% of… Read More

Wellness & Recovery Workbook

This tool is designed to help patients recognize and manage symptoms of schizophrenia. Patients can use it as practical support for wellness, as a daily guide, and to turn to… Read More

Preparing To Leave The Hospital

This brochure is designed to help patients with schizophrenia manage their health once they leave the hospital. It provides a brief overview on schizophrenia and the importance of medication and… Read More

A Guide For Patients: Managing Schizophrenia

This resource discusses the importance of patients working with their treatment teams, families, and friends to help manage their schizophrenia. It introduces patients to potential members of their treatment team… Read More

A Guide For Patients: Living With Schizophrenia

This brochure describes schizophrenia in an easy-to-understand manner. It also informs patients of the importance of working with their treatment teams, and overall wellness including being aware of other medical… Read More

Medication Reconciliation For People With Schizophrenia

This brochure introduces medication reconciliation and the challenges of reconciliation in people with schizophrenia. It also briefly outlines potential steps that hospitals, providers, and community mental health centers may take… Read More

Medication Options For People With Schizophrenia

This brochure for the hospital treatment team provides information on hospital stays related to relapse reduction and the importance of considerations for treatment adherence from the hospital treatment team perspective,… Read More

Risk Factors Associated With Psychiatric Readmission

Key Messages Previous studies have investigated potential risk factors linked to early psychiatric readmission; although varying patient populations, diagnostic categories, and readmission intervals may limit the generalizability of their findings,… Read More

Schizophrenia—A Medical Psychiatric Syndrome

Thomas Stewart, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Yale University School of Medicine Abundant evidence underlines the importance of aggressive interventions in newly diagnosed patients with schizophrenia leading to reduced… Read More

Recovery In The Community: Can We Do Better?

A goal for all patients with mental illness should be symptom reduction and optimal psychosocial functioning. In this webinar, experienced psychiatrists Ralph Aquila, MD and Robert Davis, MD, discuss the… Read More

Webinar Summary – A Collaborative Approach To Care Coordination For Patients With Schizophrenia: Perspectives From Nursing & Social Work

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/a-collaborative-approach-to-care-coordination-for-patients-with-schizophrenia-perspectives-from-nursing-social-work/. On January 13, 2016,… Read More

Early Intervention In Psychosis

During this recorded presentation, Diana Perkins, MD, provided a brief overview of the role of early intervention in patients with schizophrenia. Key points included: Medical rationale for early intervention Potential… Read More

Brief Adherence Ratings Scale (BARS)

The Brief Adherence Ratings Scale (BARS) is a brief, clinician-administered instrument that was designed to assess adherence to oral atypical antipsychotic medication among outpatients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. BARS… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Relapse In Schizophrenia

Key Messages Relapse rates among patients with first-episode schizophrenia have been reported to exceed 80% within 5 years. This review of the neurophysiology of schizophrenia relapse suggests that dopamine may… Read More

An Overview Of The Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS)

During this recorded presentation, Matt Byerly, MD, discussed the Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS). Key points included: Nonadherence to antipsychotic medication is associated with serious consequences. Prescribers greatly underestimate the… Read More

Metabolic Wellness Considerations In Schizophrenia

During this presentation, Sloan Manning, MD, provided a brief overview metabolic issues and wellness considerations in schizophrenia. Key points included: Life expectancy is substantially shorter for patients with schizophrenia compared… Read More

The Nature Of Relapse In Schizophrenia

Key Messages Treatment discontinuation has been associated with high relapse rates. Duration of prior treatment was not associated with a decreased risk of relapse after treatment discontinuation. Findings support the… Read More