Guidelines on Perimenopausal Depression Recognize Vulnerable Time in Women’s Lives

women review research posters at the BrighamPerimenopausal mood changes and depression are experienced in some form by about one-fourth of women undergoing the transition to menopause. Yet until recently, there was no formal direction for healthcare providers in identifying and treating this condition. That changed in September 2018, when a panel led by the National Network of Depression Centers with the support of the North American Menopause Society published the first-ever guidelines.
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Proactive Psychiatric Consultations Benefit MICU Patients

ECG and ultrasonic monitoring of cardiac function with flashing light in the end of hospital hallway.Preexisting mental illness and substance abuse disorders are common in patients being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), as is delirium. There is increasing appreciation for the impact of these conditions on overall health outcomes, length of hospital stay and mortality.

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Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Provides Training Where Psychiatry and Medicine Meet

Sejal B. Shah, MD with C-L psychiatry residentsConsultation-Liaison (C-L) psychiatry is one of several subspecialties in which a psychiatrist may choose to concentrate after completing a psychiatry residency program. Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s C-L fellowship program is one of the largest in the country, training six fellows in this critical field of psychiatry every year.

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Meeting Perinatal Mental Health Needs Through Collaboration

Shot of an unrecognizable female doctor listening to movement inside of a pregnant patient with a stethoscope at a hospital during the dayAt Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Division of Women’s Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry has built a reputation for both its large faculty and its close collaboration with the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Newborn Medicine.

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Strengthening the Role of Psychiatry in Medicine

Dr. Gitlin and fellow in a medical unit

Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry has been an important component of psychiatry for over 70 years and a certified subspecialty under the American Board of Medical Specialties since 2004. Brigham and Women’s Hospital has one of the largest C-L divisions and one of the largest C-L fellowship programs in the country, with a mission to maintain strong bonds between psychiatry and other specialties of medicine.

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No Wrong Door: Bridging Continuity of Care in Addiction Treatment

The staff of the Brigham health bridge to recovery clinic

In the face of America’s growing opioid crisis, Brigham and Women’s Hospital has introduced an innovative new service to help patients with addiction abuse disorder get the immediate care they need. Opened in spring 2018, the Bridge Clinic immediately connects patients being discharged from the hospital and emergency department with treatment and services.

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New Bridge Clinic to Facilitate Continuity of Care for Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders

In early 2018 experts in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) will open a new clinic that will bridge patients with substance abuse disorders being discharged from the hospital and emergency department to the long-term care they need.   Read More

New Insights to Cognitive Dysfunction in People with Mood Disorders

Why do some people with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD) struggle with cognitive dysfunction, while others don’t? That is a focal point for Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) researcher Katherine Burdick, PhD, within the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Mood and Psychosis Research Program, who is looking to identify predictors of outcome including inherited risk, aging, clinical factors, and long-term effects of recurrent illness. Read More

Enhancing Psychiatric Treatment with Innovative Mental Health Apps

From left: Karen Fasciano, David Ahern and Ash Nadkarni participate in a panel discussion about innovation in behavioral health.

Amazon Echo invention brings treatment to psychiatry patients

Ash Nadkarni, MD, an associate psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), designs and studies innovation that facilitates the integration of psychiatry into other medical specialties.   Read More