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Physician Education: Psychiatry

The ADAPT Study: Addressing Comorbid Depression and Low Back Pain

Psychiatrists at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC are combining venlafaxine with supportive management or problem solving therapy to study their effect on depression and low back pain.

Diagnosing and Treating Depression and Sleep Disturbances in Older Adults

Depression and sleep disturbances are often the unwanted co-travelers to chronic medical conditions. Charles Reynolds, MD, a psychiatrist at  the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC recommends that patients who exhibit hallmark signs of depression be treated immediately in order to ensure their medical conditions will not be usurped.

The Role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Patients with IBD and Other GI Disorders

Patients with intestinal diseases such as IBD, may be  more likely to experience higher rates of abdominal discomfort unrelated to their disease and have a higher proclivity for depression and anxiety.  Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist in UPMC's Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition says it is important to intervene as early as possible to eliminate stresses that often exacerbate the progression of  disease.

Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Disorders

Experts at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC are leaders in the fields of sleep disorders and autism. Dr. Daniel Buysse, Co-Director of the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC discusses why it's important for physicians to engage patients in meaningful dialogue about sleep patterns and how patients diagnosed with insomnia may be able to address this condition through behavior modification.

A Primer on Autism in Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder causes impairment in three areas of childhood development and crosses all racial, economic, and ethnic groups. Although there may be concerns about labeling a young child as having an autism spectrum disorder, it is widely accepted that an earlier diagnosis will lead to a better outcome. Dr. Martin Lubetsky, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC says it is important to be aware of the indicators of autism spectrum disorder and that intervention begin as soon as possible.

Specialty Inpatient Unit Offers Broad Spectrum of Care for Patients Diagnosed with Eating Disorders

Marsha Marcus, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Service Chief of the Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE) at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC discusses the benefits of a tertiary care center and how it cares for patients with complicated or refractory eating disorders.