Valbenazine for Tardive Dyskinesia

Peter Forster General

The FDA just approved a new drug, valbenazine, for tardive dyskinesia. Until now there have been few treatment options (vitamin E is sometimes helpful) and the most common choice patients and doctors had to make was to reduce the dose of the atypical antipsychotic that caused the tardive dyskinesia, or switch to another medication, possibly leading to worsened psychiatric symptoms. …

Mental Health and Violence Conference

Peter Forster General, Policy

I am very pleased to share an announcement for a conference for mental health professionals and psychiatrists sponsored by the Northern California Psychiatric Society . The topic is both an important one and one about which there is much confusion and strong conflicting opinions. I’m proud that our local district branch is not walking away from it but has arranged …

When is my appointment?

Peter Forster About GPS, General, GPS Update

A fair number of emails we get have to do with an urgent request to be reminded when someone’s appointment is to take place. Sometimes the email gets sent only a few minutes before the start of the appointment. Since we don’t interrupt sessions to answer emails, and often don’t have time to answer emails between sessions, this can be an exercise …

Treatment History Records Retrieval

Kelsey Schraufnagel About GPS, Best Practices, Costs of Treatment, General, GPS Update

As many of you may know, either as a patient in our clinic or by reviewing the information on our website, we pride ourselves in our comprehensive and thorough assessment process. We use the information gathered during this phase to understand the problems that are bringing someone to see us and to develop an individualized treatment plan based on her/his …

Bipolar Movie – Here One Day

Kelsey Schraufnagel General

Conversation with Kathy Leichter, Director of Here One Day We had the absolute pleasure of talking with director Kathy Leichter about her experience of making her movie, Here One Day.  Here One Day is an intimate look into her mother’s experience with Bipolar Disorder and as well as her own, as her daughter. Question: How did you come up with …

Institute for Psychiatric Services

Peter Forster General, GPS Update

The Institute for Psychiatric Services, the American Psychiatric Association’s smaller and more collegial educational program, is coming to San Francisco next week. The meeting will be in San Francisco’s Moscone Center from Thursday through Sunday and promises to be a not to miss educational and social program for clinicians with an interest in treating major depression, bipolar, and other serious mental illnesses. …

Social Intelligence and Oxytoxin

Peter Forster Basic Science, General

The nucleus accumbens (NAc) (or ventral striatum) is a central part of the reward system. The reward system has been the focus of much interest and research because of its role in the development and maintenance of addiction and depression. The reward system evolved to motivate survival behaviors and behaviors linked to reproduction and health. Evidence from research in a great number of animal species suggests that social intelligence …

Questions and Answers about Cognitive Therapy from Judith Beck

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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research Q: What is cognitive therapy? A: Cognitive therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in over three hundred clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more …