Increased Suicide Risk from Antiepileptic Drugs
Beginning in 2008, the FDA began notifying clinicians of the potential of antiepileptic drugs to increase suicide risk and earlier in 2009 issued a public health advisory notifying the public of this increased risk. Also, the FDA is mandating that manufacturers of antiepileptic drugs change the labeling of their meds, adding this risk to the Warnings section of the drug insert.
Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
As psychiatrists, we often use the MMSE to screen for cognitive dysfunction. The problem with the MMSE is that it does not assess frontal lobe functions. To assess those function we must turn to other instruments. Today I explain the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test. This information is pertinent for the Psychiatry Part 1 exam, the Geriatric Certifying and MOC exam, and to a lesser extent the CAP Part 1 and MOC exams.
Depression & Diabetes: The Bidirectional Relationship
Did you know that diabetes mellitus increases risk for depression? Yes, it’s true. Read more on the bidirectional relationship between these two disorders. It’ll hold you in good stead on your board exam.