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Should MD’s do ‘biopsychosocial’ biopsies?

A recent Washington Post article by Michael W. Kahn, began:

“The patient was a college student newly admitted to our inpatient psychiatric unit. Her boyfriend had dumped her by text and then ghosted her. She got tipsy, swallowed a handful of pills and sent several “goodbye” messages on social media. Panicked friends called 911, and campus police picked her up in front of shocked roommates. After a stop in our emergency room, she was admitted to our locked unit. A psychiatry resident (doctor-in-training) whom I was supervising took a thorough history, and then reported back to me about the patient’s symptoms, medical history, physical exam and laboratory findings…”…”“So what was the breakup about?” I asked him. This was an unexpected question. The resident stammered a bit, looked uncomfortable and replied, “I thought that was too personal to ask about…”

The Post article cites a study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, by the same author, which suggest doctors be willing to be invasive in a new way. The author suggests physicians are comfortable with mechanically invasive procedures but are not as well versed in the emotional realm of their patients. He suggests that emotion is a significant component of health, wellbeing and overall health.

Interestingly, most medical doctors are not trained in counseling or therapy and are not as well versed in navigating these areas clinically. I wonder if this kind of training might go a long way in changing the stigma of mental health as well as allow patients and their MD’s to better relate.

This may another example of inclusion bring us closer to a more accurate understanding of the individual. With the integration of physiological and emotional functioning we get a more accurate understanding of the individual. When making a mental health diagnosis we want to rule out any physiological explanations for the presentation before making a mental health diagnosis. Equally, when making a physiologically based diagnosis it is encouraged to consider the patients current emotion and mental health functioning into account.

I really like the steps of the Biopsychosocial biopsy. They involve the doctor asking the patient to “tell me more about it” in 4 areas. This type of open ended exploration can be very powerful and allow greater exploration which tends to relate to greater understanding, albeit a more complex understanding.

New guidelines to help recognize depression in teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released guidelines for pediatricians to help diagnose depression in teens. One in five teens will experience depression at some point in adolescence, according to new findings. The AAP has called for every child 12 years and older to be screened for depression.

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20% of adolescents report a history of depression and 50% go undiagnosed and only half of those diagnosed receive appropriate treatment for depression according to pediatrics.

Without appropriate treatment depressed adolescents are at significant risk for social problems, school problems, family problems, substance abuse, and suicidality.

The guidelines released by the American Academy of pediatrics suggests, starting at the age of 12, yearly screenings of adolescence for depression, alone time with the pediatrician and the patient and the patients parents. In addition, the pediatrician should develop a safety plan, a treatment plan, and discuss risk factors for depression and what they may look like.

Research has shown that screen time on electronics can increase risk for suicidality and depression.

If you or someone you know may be depressed please contact Charles R. Davenport, Psy.D., LLC with psychology offices in Sarasota, Florida and Venice, Florida. Dr. Charles R. Davenport, Licensed Psychologist can be reached at 941-321-1971.

Sarasota Psychology office relocated

Charles R. Davenport, Psy.D., LLC. announces the relocation of the Sarasota psychotherapy office to downtown Sarasota. there is private parking available behind the office. This new location centrally located across the street from the woman’s exchange and a few blocks From Burns Court, Cinema. Charles R Davenport PsyD LLC offers counseling and therapy services to individuals of all ages addressing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and career stress. Please contact Dr. Charles R Davenport, Licensed Psychologist, at 941-321-1971 for confidential telephone consultation.

The new office is conveniently located at:
1608 Oak Street
Sarasota, FL 34236


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