Monday, June 10, 2013

Anne Ross Library's Latest Acquisition: The DSM-5

The new 5th edition of the American Psychiatric Association's  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5™) is now available on the Reference shelf in the library. The DSM is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. This latest edition is 10 years in the making, involving hundreds of international experts working in all aspects of mental health.

"The DSM-5 is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. The information contained in the manual is also valuable to other physicians and health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, nurses, and occupational and rehabilitation therapists, as well as social workers and forensic and legal specialists."

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dean's Grand Rounds Continue

Please join us for another session of the Dean's Grand Rounds. UMHS is pleased to have Phil Klassen, MD, FRCPC deliver a special session of Grand Rounds today, March 14, 2013, at 4:30 pm in the Campus Auditorium.
Dr. Klassen is the Vice President, Medical Affairs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Toronto. See you all there!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Alcoholism: Is it a Disease?

Dr Mary Jo Cannon, a professor at the University of Medicine & Health SciencesInternational University of Nursing, had an interesting article published last week in the "Health" section of our local SKN Vibes (St. Kitts news) which examines the question "Is Alcoholism a disease?"
Have you every considered the people you know in your life who always seem to be 'under the influence' as actually 'patients' who are suffering from a terrible disease?
Dr. Cannon states,"Alcoholism meets the standard definition of a disease better than multiple sclerosis or schizophrenia, two diseases for which the pathophysiology is far less clearly understood.Yet people with these diseases are recognized as qualifying to be ‘patients."
I challenge you to read this article and think about this issue as it does effect you, and those around you, in many more ways than you may realize. As for our nursing and medicine students, being vigilant and cognizant with regards to alcoholism and other possible addictions when serving your patients, will result in a more satisfatory health outcome. Three simple screening tests to help you identify patients with an alcohol problem are available on the NIAAA website (The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Development of DSM-5 Continues

DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis
"Publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 [by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)] will mark one the most anticipated events in the mental health field. As part of the development process, the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for public review ."
Follow the developments and participate by submitting your feedback.
"At this time, we are asking visitors to review and comment on the proposed DSM-5 organizational structure and criteria changes. Please note that the current commenting period will end on June 15, 2011."
Click on the post title to access the APA website and read about all the proposed changes.
To peruse the list of disorder-specific changes go to :
Recent Updates to Proposed Revisions for DSM-5.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Depression & Nursing Students

"First-year nursing students' accounts of reasons for student depression."
Author(s): Dzurec LC; Allchin L; Engler AJ
Source: The Journal Of Nursing Education [J Nurs Educ]
2007 Dec; Vol. 46 (12), pp. 545-51.

"This study examined 53 first-year nursing students' to surmise the reasons for their own or their peers' experiences of feeling down or depressed. Analysis revealed seven themes characterizing student experiences of depression."
Available online throught our EBSCO databases,
or in hard-copy in the Library.

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