Antipsychotics in Children and Adolescents: Effects on Weight, Metabolism, and Prolactin
Metabolic effects of antipsychotics in children are similar to those in adults but potentially more damaging because of longer treatment duration.
Antipsychotic-Induced Hyperprolactinemia: Adjunctive Aripiprazole Helps
A meta-analysis of studies of adjunctive aripiprazole (Abilify) for antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia showed significant benefit over placebo in normalizing prolactin levels.
Long-Acting Injectable Second-Generation Antipsychotics
A recent paper reviews delivery methods, dosing, pharmacokinetics, and side effects of the four second-generation long-acting injectable antipsychotics.
Prevalence Estimates for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Be Lower with New Criteria in the DSM-5; Individuals with Severe Psychotic Illness Are at Increased Risk of Smoking and Alcohol and Drug Use
A Message from Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D.
When I first started writing BTP in the 1970s, it was to bridge the gap between new knowledge in our field and its application to patient care. Over the decades since, the need for this bridge has become even greater. Neuroscience rockets forward. Psychiatrists and other clinicians have a broader array of treatments for patients with mental disorders than we even dreamed of back then. But we have less time to spend with patients and less time to keep up with developments that affect treatment decisions. Our medications, and those prescribed by colleagues in other specialties, are more varied, complex, and prone to interactions. What were formerly crisp boundaries between major psychopharmacologic categories are now murky.
This makes the modern practice of psychiatry challenging—but also fun and promising. With the expanding armamentarium of treatment options comes enhanced ability to alleviate suffering. The mission of BTP remains constant, even while the field grows. We are still here to bridge the gap, to make science applicable and relevant, and to help you in your day-to-day work relieve distress and improve function in patients' lives.