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April 16, 2013

Next Article Published in Psychiatric Annals’ Novel Treatments for Military-related Psychological Disorders Series

Thorofare, NJ – PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS, a SLACK Incorporated publication, recently published a paper detailing the positive impact of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among active duty and retired military personnel. In print for over 40 years, PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS is relied upon by over 36,000 psychiatric professionals to provide timely research, review articles and continuing medical education.

PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS is the most widely read journal for continuing education in psychiatry. Delivered monthly to psychiatrists, every issue provides a thorough, multi-authored look at a single topic relevant to today’s specialists. Topics are carefully selected from an Editorial Board composed of experts and world-renowned leaders from foremost medical and teaching institutions.

The April 2013 issue of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS features “Integrative Medical Practices for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” an article on integrative medical practices for combat-related PTSD. It has been well established that conventional therapies are often not maintained by the patients who need them. Research being done at Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is applying a dynamic new approach to treating PTSD in active-duty service members. By augmenting traditional evidence-based therapies with integrative strategies, studies have indicated lower drop-out rates and increased patient engagement. When conventional treatments are coupled with CAM therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, physical exercise and art and/or music therapy, patients achieve a greater sense of autonomy and control and become more active and assertive in their mental recovery.

“Integrating complementary and alternative medicine therapies with sound evidence-based practice allows the provider to tailor treatments to the needs of their individual patients,” said Paul D. Sargent, MD, Founding Program Director of the OASIS Residential PTSD Program and lead author of this article. “Patients frequently find modalities like yoga, meditation, nutritional supplementation, exercise or spirituality to be helpful in controlling symptoms and return to more functional patterns of stress management in their lives.”

“Progress has been made with the development of medications and new evidence-based psychotherapies. However, rates of patients not responding to or tolerating medications are still around 35%, and 4-month relapse rates are from 40% to 70% using evidence-based treatments. The increase of available treatments has made no improvements in our suicide rate, which has peaked to a high for the past 15 years,” said Jan Fawcett, MD, PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS Medical Editor. “We desperately need more basic research to elucidate new mechanisms to guide treatment.”

“Over and over, studies and surveys show that service members do not like conventional treatment for PTSD, depression and other emotional difficulties,” said Colonel Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, the PTSD series guest editor and Chief Medical Officer, District of Columbia, Department of Mental Health. “However, soldiers and Marines seem to really appreciate some of the newer integrative therapies, like yoga, acupuncture and mindfulness; there’s less stigma and more sense of control. This issue highlights the tremendous work being done at two military sites on the east and west coasts.”

This feature series on PTSD began in January 2013, with two previous articles appearing within the February 2013 and March 2013 issues of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS and on Healio.com/Psychiatry. The March 2013 paper focused on how applications of virtual reality are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related psychological disorders in service members and veterans. In February 2013, this series addressed the use of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) technique for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This technology has been shown in a series of case reports to deaden unconscious emotional memories before they trigger unwanted symptoms in military patients with PTSD.

Every issue of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS focuses on a specific topic in psychiatry and contains multiple CME articles related to that topic. In addition to providing accurate coverage of relevant topics in the field, each issue of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS also contains a CME quiz that allows physicians to earn up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. The ability to earn continuing education credits while receiving updates on new psychiatric developments is why PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS has remained a preeminent publication for the discipline.

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