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Assessment and Management of Personality Disorders - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2004 - Patients with personality disorders are common in primary care settings; caring for them can be difficult and frustrating. The characteristics of these patients' personalities tend to elicit strong feelings in physicians, lead to the development of problematic physician-patient ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1015/p1505.html

Management of the Difficult Patient - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2005 - All physicians must care for some patients who are perceived as difficult because of behavioral or emotional aspects that affect their care. Difficulties may be traced to patient, physician, or health care system factors. Patient factors include psychiatric disorders, personality ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2063.html

Conduct Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment In Primary Care - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2001 - Conduct disorder is a common childhood psychiatric problem that has an increased incidence in adolescence. The primary diagnostic features of conduct disorder include aggression, theft, vandalism, violations of rules and/or lying. For a diagnosis, these behaviors must occur for at least...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1579.html

Initial Evaluation of the Patient with Suspected Dementia - American Family Physician

May 1, 2005 - Dementia is a common disorder among older persons, and projections indicate that the number of patients with dementia in the United States will continue to grow. Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia account for the majority of cases of dementia. After a thorough history and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0501/p1745.html

A 'Stages of Change' Approach to Helping Patients Change Behavior - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2000 - Helping patients change behavior is an important role for family physicians. Change interventions are especially useful in addressing lifestyle modification for disease prevention, long-term disease management and addictions. The concepts of

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1409.html

Depression in Later Life: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge - American Family ...

May 15, 2004 - Depression in elderly persons is widespread, often undiagnosed, and usually untreated. The current system of care is fragmented and inadequate, and staff at residential and other facilities often are ill-equipped to recognize and treat patients with depression. Because there is no ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2375.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2002 - From 2 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age have severe distress and dysfunction caused by premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Current research implicates mechanisms of serotonin as relevant to etiology and treatment. Patients with mild to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1001/p1239.html

Ambulatory Detoxification of Patients with Alcohol Dependence - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2005 - Detoxification from alcohol can be undertaken in ambulatory settings with patients who are alcohol-dependent and show signs of mild to moderate withdrawal when they are not drinking. An appropriate candidate for outpatient detoxification should have arrangements to start an alcohol ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p495.html

Diagnosis and Management of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2003 - Although post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating anxiety disorder that may cause significant distress and increased use of health resources, the condition often goes undiagnosed. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the United States is 8 to 9 percent, and approximately 25...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1215/p2401.html

Problem Drinking and Alcoholism: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2002 - Alcoholism is one of the most common psychiatric disorders with a prevalence of 8 to 14 percent. This heritable disease is frequently accompanied by other substance abuse disorders (particularly nicotine), anxiety and mood disorders, and antisocial personality disorder. Although ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0201/p441.html

School Refusal in Children and Adolescents - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, families, and school personnel. Failing to attend school has significant short- and long-term effects on children's social, emotional, and educational development. School refusal often is associated with comorbid psychiatric ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1555.html

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB): A Newer Drug of Abuse - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2000 - Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is an illicitly marketed substance that has recently gained popularity among body builders and party attendees as a drug of abuse. GHB is a depressant that acts on the central nervous system. It is purported as a strength enhancer, euphoriant and aphrodisiac ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1201/p2478.html

Diagnosis of Eating Disorders in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2003 - Eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are significant causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescent females and young women. Eating disorders are associated with devastating medical and psychologic consequences, including death, osteoporosis, growth ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0115/p297.html

Off-Label Applications for SSRIs - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2003 - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used because of their safety, tolerability, and demonstrated efficacy across a broad range of clinical conditions. Medical literature supports the use of SSRIs for the treatment of many conditions outside of the indications ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0801/p498.html

Efficient Identification of Adults with Depression and Dementia - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2004 - Family physicians must decide how to screen for depression or dementia and which patients to screen. Mental health questionnaires can be helpful. In practice-based screening, questionnaires are administered to all patients, regardless of risk status. In case-finding screening, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0915/p1101.html

Childhood Bullying: Implications for Physicians - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2004 - Childhood bullying has potentially serious implications for bullies and their targets. Bullying involves a pattern of repeated aggression, a deliberate intent to harm or disturb a victim despite the victim's apparent distress, and a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1101/p1723.html

Delirium - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2003 - Delirium is characterized by an acute change in cognition and a disturbance of consciousness, usually resulting from an underlying medical condition or from medication or drug withdrawal. Delirium affects 10 to 30 percent of hospitalized patients with medical illness; more than 50 ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0301/p1027.html

Spirituality and Medical Practice: Using the HOPE Questions as a Practical Tool for ...

Jan 1, 2001 - The relationship between spirituality and medicine has been the focus of considerable interest in recent years. Studies suggest that many patients believe spirituality plays an important role in their lives, that there is a positive correlation between a patient's spirituality or ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0101/p81.html

Common Problems in Patients Recovering from Chemical Dependency - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2003 - Chemical dependency is a common, chronic disease that affects up to 25 percent of patients seen in primary care practices. The treatment goal for patients recovering from chemical dependency should be to avoid relapse. This requires physicians to have an open, nonjudgmental attitude and...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1971.html

Addiction: Part I. Benzodiazepines-Side Effects, Abuse Risk and Alternatives - American...

Apr 1, 2000 - Benzodiazepines are widely prescribed for a variety of conditions, particularly anxiety and insomnia. They are relatively safe and, with overdose, rarely result in death. However, used chronically, benzodiazepines can be addicting. These agents are often taken in combination with other ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2121.html

Recognition of Alcohol and Substance Abuse - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2003 - Ten percent of the population abuses drugs or alcohol, and 20 percent of patients seen by family physicians have substance-abuse problems, excluding tobacco use. These patients can be identified by relying on regular screening or a high index of suspicion based on

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0401/p1529.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Ideation - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 1999 - Suicidal ideation is more common than completed suicide. Most persons who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder at the time of death. Because many patients with psychiatric disorders are seen by family physicians and other primary care practitioners rather than by psychiatrists, it...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0315/p1500.html

Antidepressants: Update on New Agents and Indications - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2003 - A number of antidepressants have emerged in the U.S. market in the past two decades. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have become the drugs of choice in the treatment of depression, and they are also effective in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0201/p547.html

Smoking Cessation: Integration of Behavioral and Drug Therapies - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2002 - Family physicians should take advantage of each contact with smokers to encourage and support smoking cessation. Once a patient is identified as a smoker, tools are available to assess readiness for change. Using motivational interviewing techniques, the physician can help the patient ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0315/p1107.html

Management of Bipolar Disorder - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2000 - Bipolar disorder most commonly is diagnosed in persons between 18 and 24 years of age. The clinical presentations of this disorder are broad and include mania, hypomania and psychosis. Frequently associated comorbid conditions include substance abuse and anxiety disorders. Patients with...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0915/p1343.html

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