CPD Online eNewsletter June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 CPD Online eNewsletter




Attending the RCPsych International Congress? Come and see us at the 'Online Hub' on the College stand for demonstrations of CPD Online, Trainees Online and Portfolio Online.


Twitter birdTwitterFollow us




Educational feature:

Mind? Brain?... or Stomach?

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor


In 1869 a certain W. Conklin quoted the American columnist Fanny Fern saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ (The Lakeside Monthly, Volume 1, p108 Feb 1869). While this perhaps hinted at the author’s previous (unsuccessful) career as a surgeon, it remains true to this day that how we think is related to how we feel, and that one of the joys of psychiatry is the improvements in the mind we can assist by appropriately treating the body. Indeed, some might view the chief benefits of antidepressants as being their restoring a depressed organism’s energy, sleep and appetite to the point where its mind can complete the process. Despite our daily confrontations with the byzantine complexity of the human psyche, easy wins can often derive from a firm grasp of physiology, anatomy and endocrinology.


Keeping all this in one place – our heads – is no mean task, so here at CPD Online we try to maintain the balance between mind and body through modules explicitly addressing the prosaic mechanics of the human body, in detail appropriate to our daily practice. Recent modules include Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia and The management of hyperprolactinemia in psychiatric practice, and if you’re dashing for a bus, there’s always the new Quickbite Monitoring and managing the renal adverse effects of lithium. We hope the musings of colleagues who have a particular interest in these areas will both inform and clarify, helping us all to be better clinicians, caring for mind and body.



New modules:


  Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia

Metabolic syndrome is a global epidemic that can have severe effects. It is common in people with schizophrenia, and antipsychotic agents can increase the risks. However, appropriate intervention by clinicians can reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity. Here you are given a framework to help with the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and advice on appropriate treatment paths for patients at risk.

  School refusal

Non-attendance at school is associated with lowered academic performance, social isolation, impaired self-esteem, and greater likelihood of unemployment in the future. This module focuses on child-motivated non-attendance, specifically due to problems such as fear, anxiety or oppositional behaviour. After looking at the causes, the author discusses how to provide a comprehensive assessment and management plan and suggests approaches for more complex cases.


Recognising autism spectrum disorders in children with normal-range intelligence [Fully updated and revised by Leticia Gutierrez-Galve and Ramya Srinivasan September 2015]

In recent years autism specialists have come to recognise that many children with characteristics of autism have intelligence within the normal range. Learn how to identify the features of autism particularly in children with normal intelligence through video and other interactive means.


The mental health needs of refugees

Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her experiences working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses how mental health professionals can best address their psychosocial needs.


...And try this podcast:

Mindfulness meditation: programmes for psychological stress and well-being

Dr Madhav Goyal discusses the findings from his study 'Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis' published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Hear some surprising conclusions about the effectiveness of meditation.

Forthcoming modules:

Diagnosing bipolar depression

Hoarding disorder: symptoms, diagnosis and management

Catatonia: a guide for clinicians



New from BJPsych Advances:


  Drug treatment of autism spectrum disorder and its comorbidities in children and adolescents

Santosh & Singh review pharmacological advances in the treatment of the core symptoms of ASD and its comorbid conditions. Challenges encountered when treating the most frequent comorbidities are discussed, with emphasis on the safety, tolerability and efficacy of medications. In view of its widespread use, complementary and alternative medicine is also described.



Don’t forget to tell your junior colleagues about CPD Online’s ‘sister site’ Trainees Online (TrOn) – currently free to access for trainees and other College Members.


Did you know current CPD Online subscribers are eligible for a heavily discounted rate on the British Association for Psychopharmacology’s Online CPD resource?  (See your My CPD Online page for details.)


Subscribe to or renew with CPD Online – subscriptions can start from any point during the year.


With best wishes,

The CPD Online Team


Read previous newsletters:











Please complete the form below if you wish to receive our eNewsletter by email and receive further updates on CPD Online (by post or email). 



Are you a member of RCPsych?
RCPsych Membership No
(if applicable):

Post code:
In submitting this form, I consent to the processing by the College of the information contained therein, by any means, for the purposes of marketing CPD Online.
If you have any questions, please email: cpdonline@rcpsych.ac.uk
© 2021 Royal College of Psychiatrists