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Adolescents who self-harm represent a significant challenge to professionals, with around 1 in 10 young people thought to be engaging in self-harming behaviour. As self-harm is not a diagnosis in itself, to be effective the doctor is required to conduct a thorough assessment and to formulate a psychosocial management plan that will include the mitigation of risk. In this podcast, Dr Alison Wood, Dr Gemma Trainor and Dr Justine Rothwell talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about the ways to approach the assessment and treatment of young people who self-harm. More...
3/24/2021 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
During this period of social distancing it is more important than ever for mental health clinicians to engage with their patients. Many are feeling anxious, stressed and lonely, while those with existing mental ill-health may be even more vulnerable. So now that we cannot, in most cases, hold face-to-face consultations, how can we continue to treat patients remotely? Here, Dr Isobel Heyman talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the current evidence base for remote working, and provides some practical advice on the ways in which clinicians can stay ‘remote, but not distant’. More...
5/7/2020 | Download
Close to 100,000 children in the UK are thought to be taking prescribed antidepressant medication, but are these drugs really doing them any good? Do the possible harms and side-effects of antidepressants in children outweigh their potential benefits, and what does the current evidence tell us? In this podcast, psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr David Healy discusses his findings with Dr Raj Persaud, arguing that greater scrutiny of the evidence and a greater degree of professional autonomy are required in this area. More...
3/14/2019 | Download
The increased risk of psychological problems in the children of depressed parents has been widely studied, but less is known about their long-term outcomes. In this podcast, Professor Myrna Weissman talks to Raj Persaud about the results of a 30-year follow-up study into the biological offspring of depressed parents. More...
1/26/2017 | Download
The condition of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most distinctive psychiatric syndromes of adulthood. Environmental factors such as child sexual abuse, and other family influences such as maternal over involvement and inconsistency may have a role in its pathogenesis. Indeed, various forms of maternal psychopathology may be associated with patterns of mother–infant interaction that have an impact on infant development. In this podcast, Dr Margaret Murphy speaks with Professor Peter Hobson about his study which aimed to assess how women with BPD engage with their 12-18 month-old infants in separation-reunion episodes. More...
6/7/2010 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Autism has been the subject of intense public and professional attention in recent years. One of the biggest questions is what causes it. Like the discoveries made about schizophrenia in the late 20th century, we are learning that autism too has genetic and environmental determinants. Here Dr Daphne Keen discusses her paper which attempts to answer the question of whether maternal immigration and ethnicity, together or in tandem, are implicated as being risk factors in young children who develop autism. More...
5/30/2010 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
The notion that genius and madness are closely related can be found in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. There is some modest, mostly historically collected scientific evidence for this. In this podcast, Dr Ovais Badat speaks to Dr James MacCabe about his latest article in which he explores the link between school performance and bipolar disorder in later life. More...
3/12/2010 | Download
There is increasing interest and public concern about the relationship between diet and physical health. There has been less focus on the relationship between diet and behaviour and mental health. Despite this, there is some evidence of a relationship between breastfeeding and cognitive development, which may be genetically mediated and between hyperactivity and diet. In this podcast, Dr Margaret Murphy talks to Dr Simon Moore about the present study which uses a longitudinal design to explore the relationship between confectionary consumption in childhood and adult aggression. More...
1/15/2010 | Download
In this podcast, Professor Simon Gowers gives an overview of the different psychological therapies available for children and adolescents with eating disorders, discussing in some detail family therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. More...
9/7/2009 | Download
In this telephone interview, Dr David Klonsky discusses self-harm; non-suicidal self-injury, outlining what we mean by self-harm, its prevalence and discussing ways of making an assessment and assessing severity. More...
6/9/2009 | Download
Approximately 2-5% of children suffer from ADHD and in this podcast, Dr Katia Rubia begins by answering the question What is ADHD?, addressing the triad of symptoms – age inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness – and raising some diagnostic and cultural issues. She then goes on to discuss in detail brain development and the neurobiological implications. More...
8/20/2008 | Download
Approximately one in ten children suffer from anxiety disorders, and in this podcast Professor Ronald Rapee gives a broad overview of the different kinds of anxiety disorders common in children. He also discusses how anxiety disorders in children compare with those in adults, and highlights the nature of findings from epidemiological studies. He talks about some of the steps in diagnosis, and the aetiology behind anxiety disorders, including genetic and behavioural factors. Treatment is also touched on as well as some of the pitfalls to beware of when diagnosing and treating anxiety in children. More...
5/29/2008 | Download
Professor Gerald Russell explores the issues surrounding the diagnosis and management of Eating Disorders. Outlining the different kinds of eating disorders that occur he also highlights the limitations of current classifications. He explores how psychiatrists make diagnoses and the factors that may make a diagnosis difficult. He goes on to discuss the important steps to take when planning the treatment and effective management of Eating Disorders. More...
4/1/2008 | Download
Mr Robert Young explores the issue of deliberate self-harm including suicide and attempted suicide. He discusses the epidemiology and risk factors involved and some of the psychiatric theories behind self-harm. He also talks about the kind of evidence base and psychiatric research available and identifies the reseach needs that would benefit the field, particularly with respect to psychiatric treatments, interventions and towards tackling the causes of self-harm. More...
3/25/2008 | Download
Dr Helen Minnis discusses the issue of attachment in psychiatry and the importance of attunement in the caregiving relationship, taking a look at the current controversies over child care and giving guidance for psychiatrists on how to work with attachment difficulties. More...
7/25/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.75 | CPD Domains: Academic
Dr Leonie Boeing talks about her recent study and its findings, discussing some common problems experienced by adolescents with psychosis, management of their needs and current shortcomings in care provision. More...
1/23/2007 | Download
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