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Welcome to the August 2016 CPD
Did you attend this year's
RCPsych International Congress? We are pleased to say that we
conducted some great podcast interviews
with key speakers, and these are all available to listen to for
free on CPD Online. Subscribers can also answer the associated MCQs
to obtain 0.5 CPD credits per podcast. See the 'Latest podcasts'
section below for more details.
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Interesting and challenging times for our
By Dr Elspeth Pike, CPD Online Trainee Editor
It is often stated that the phrase “May you
live in interesting times” is an ancient Chinese curse. The exact
origins of the phrase are unclear, perhaps reflecting the confusion
often associated with “interesting times”. It has even been
suggested that the phrase actually has British origin, and
certainly we are currently living in very interesting times! The
disruption and excitement of these times often provide important
lessons which can continue to guide, and improve, our current
practice long after life has returned to a more settled state.
CPD Online provides a number of resources to encourage you to
explore the interesting and challenging times faced by our
profession. For example, a recent CPD Online podcast
entitled The fate of psychiatric
patients under National Socialism, recorded at the RCPsych
Congress 2016, examines the role of doctors in Germany under
National Socialism and questions if similar atrocities could ever
The Psychedelic drug therapy in
psychiatry module reviews recent and historical investigations
of the potential therapeutic uses of these substances, and also
examines their role and uses in wider, non-clinical culture and
society. And staying with social and cultural factors, the Gender, madness and society in 20th century
Britain module aims to provide an insight into the factors that
influenced ideas about mental illness throughout the 20th century,
and how these historical beliefs can impact current practice.
We hope that these modules encourage you to continue to reflect
on how we as a profession, and as individuals, practice.
Hoarding disorder: symptoms,
diagnosis and management
Traditionally, hoarding was considered a symptom of
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but hoarding disorder was
introduced in DSM-5 in 2013 as a new diagnostic entity. This module
covers the clinical presentation of hoarding disorder, as well as
its epidemiology and aetiology. It also explains how to carry out a
diagnostic assessment and covers the current best evidence-based
strategies for treatment.
Rapid tranquillisation in
children and adolescents
Learn how to manage violence in young people and adolescents and
grasp the rapid tranquillisation guidance for this age group. The
module covers the different classes of medication and their routes
of administration, as well as post-treatment monitoring and special
circumstances that require additional consideration when rapid
tranquillisation is used.
The armed forces and mental health: Part
2 – mental healthcare for veterans
This module provides useful information to those who may
deliver mental health support to military veterans. It covers the
epidemiology of mental disorder in service personnel and explains
the challenges associated with working in war zones and returning
to society as a veteran. The module also provides an overview
of the mental health schemes available to support
veterans and their families.
Social functioning in
Although this field has been extensively studied, the exact
nature of the deficits in social functioning in
schizophrenia is not clearly established. This module provides
a helpful summary of the current understanding, providing
opportunities to watch leading researchers in the field express
their views. It also considers the clinical importance of the issue
and provides information on the assessment process.
The following podcast interviews were recorded at the 2016
RCPsych International Congress:
risks, harms and interventions
In recent years, concerns about crystalline methamphetamine use
have increased in multiple countries. Taking the drug regularly can
lead to dependence, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Professor
Michael Farrell discusses the associated harms, and the possible
preventative strategies that can be adopted.
People who hear voices – what
happens to them?
Dr Kelly Diederen discusses the findings of her latest research,
which follows up a group of adults who hear voices but who are not
formally diagnosed as psychotic. What happens to these people over
a period of time?
Omega-3 fatty acids and
Dr Brian Hallahan discusses the key findings of his
meta-analysis, which pools together all the data accumulated on
omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids in an attempt to cut through
to the truth about omega-3s and depression.
The fate of psychiatric patients
under National Socialism
Prior to and during World War 2, more than 200,000 patients with
mental illness or learning disability were killed, often by their
own doctors. President of the German Society of Psychiatry,
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Professor Frank Schneider,
discusses the lessons that can be learned from this dark period in
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the July
Ketamine as a rapid antidepressant: the debate and
Researchers have found that intravenous
ketamine infusion has a rapid antidepressant effect and have
therefore proposed ketamine as a novel antidepressant. Ho &
Zhang debate this proposed use, considering the drug’s addictive
potential, ethical concerns about prescribing a hallucinogen, the
evidence base and motives behind ketamine trials.
Lessons from akrasia in substance misuse: a
Radoilska & Fletcher explore the philosophical concept of
akrasia (weakness of will) and demonstrate its relevance to
clinical practice. In particular, reflecting on fictional case
vignettes they challenge an implicit notion of individuals' control
over their actions that might impede recovery from substance
We are always keen to hear your ideas for new module and podcast
topics. Information about writing for CPD Online can be viewed on
our Contribute page.
We are also looking to commission modules on the following
The media's impact on women (the female
Reproductive and sexual health in
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