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American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal

ISSN (online): 2474-4662

The Residents’ Journal serves as a forum for medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows. The purpose of the Journal is to share ideas and experiences in training, clinical practice, research, and careers with colleagues.


Archive Issues

June 2015 Residents' Journal

“Fake Marijuana”: A Real Problem, by Nitin Chopra, M.D.

A case of a young woman with paranoid and psychotic symptoms resulting from the use of synthetic marijuana, emphasizing the need for diagnostic measures, evidence-based treatment guidelines, and identification of active ingredients in cannabis-like substances.

A Case of Withdrawal From Prescribed Ketamine, by Chad Hooten, M.D.

A case of withdrawal from ketamine prescribed for chronic intractable migraine headaches, cautioning clinicians of potential situations that may arise from use of this medication.

A Two-Way Street: Contemplating Violence on Inpatient Psychiatric Units, by Andrew Pierce, M.D.

A fictional narrative of violence on an inpatient psychiatric unit.

Various Reactions to a Patient’s Suicide and the Responsibilities of a Psychiatrist in an Inpatient Setting, by Pravesh Sharma, M.D.

Discussion of various reactions to patient suicide, including a proposed outline of the responsibilities of psychiatrists in inpatient settings.

Alexithymia and Psychotherapy, by Hun Millard, M.D., M.A.

Recommendations for recognizing and addressing the challenges of alexithymia in psychotherapy are provided using a case example.

Confessions of a Novice Therapist, by Samidha Tripathi, M.D.

July 2015 Residents' Journal

New Formats and New Opportunities: The Time to Get Involved is “Now”!, by Rajiv Radhakrishnan, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Predicting Response to Trauma, by Jennifer H. Harris, M.D.

Prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder is examined, with an overview of various responses to trauma.

Weight Gain in Patients With Schizophrenia: A Recipe For Timely Intervention, by Ammar El Sara, M.B.Ch.B.

Data on clinically applicable evidence-based interventions targeting obesity in schizophrenia patients are provided.

Hyperprolactinemia and Antipsychotics: Update for the Training Psychiatrist, by Stephanie Pope, M.D.

Antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia is discussed, including variables affecting prolactin and clinical implications.

A Clinical Case Conference on Spiritual Growth and Healing, by Elizabeth S. Stevens, D.O.

Psychological, social, and spiritual developmental frameworks are presented.

Priapism: A Rare but Serious Side Effect of Trazodone, by Kamalika Roy, M.D.

Types of priapism, proposed mechanisms of priapism with trazodone, and recommendations for clinical practice are examined.

Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds, reviewed by Aaron J. Hauptman, M.D.

August 2015 Residents' Journal

Biological Psychiatry, by Adarsh S. Reddy, M.D., Ph.D.

The importance of understanding the biological underpinnings of psychiatric illnesses is discussed.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Juvenile Criminal Behavior, by Matthew E. Hirschtritt, M.D., M.P.H.

Evidence for and against a causal mechanism linking traumatic brain injury (TBI) and criminality in youths is examined, with discussion on the neurobiology of TBI.

Neurobiology of Consciousness: Relevance and Application in Psychiatry, by Gopalkumar Rakesh, M.D.

The neurobiology of consciousness and its relevance and application in psychiatry are investigated.

White Matter Dysfunction Central to Neurodevelopment of Schizophrenia: A Review of Emerging Literature, by Amy E. Curtis, M.D.

A review of the literature on white matter dysfunction central to the neurodevelopment of schizophrenia is presented.

A Brief Introduction to Resting State Functional Connectivity, by Alecia Vogel-Hammen, M.D.

Important information on resting state functional connectivity MRI is provided.

Optogenetic Applications in Psychiatric Research, by Julio M. Bernardi, M.D.

Optogenetic applications in psychiatric research on anxiety disorders, mood disorders, addiction, schizophrenia, and autism are examined.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, reviewed by Janet Charoensook, M.D.

September 2015 Residents' Journal

Pediatric Neuropsychiatry: A Conceptual Framework, by Aaron J. Hauptman, M.D.

The relevance of utilizing a neuropsychiatric approach in the complex care of children is discussed.

Advances in Differentiating Pediatric Bipolar Disorder From Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, by Ross E. Goodwin, M.D.

Diagnostic differences between pediatric bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are examined, with emphasis on the deleterious effects of misdiagnosis.

The Challenge of Diagnosing and Managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Traumatized Child, by Muhammad Puri, M.D.

Appropriate guidelines in diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in traumatized children are analyzed.

Pediatric Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, by Vanita Sahasranaman, M.D.

Pediatric anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate encephalitis, including discussion on clinical presentation, pathophysiology, and treatment, is examined.

A Patient With Guillain-Barré Syndrome Masquerading as Conversion Disorder, by Taranjeet Singh Jolly, M.D.

A case of Guillain-Barré syndrome masquerading as conversion disorder in an 8-year-old female patient is investigated.

Delineating PANDAS/PANS Diagnosis, by Jennifer Severe, M.D.

Discussion on delineating pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome in the case of a pediatric patient.

Clinical Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reviewed by Venkata Kolli, M.B.B.S., M.R.C.Psych.

October 2015 Residents' Journal

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: Theory, Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, and Other Neuropsychiatric Applications, by Shan H. Siddiqi, M.D., and Nicholas T. Trapp, M.D.

This review discusses findings on the use of transcranial direct current stimulation for cognitive enhancement and major depression.

Painkillers That Cause Pain: Review of a Rising, Poorly Recognized Complication, by Cornel N. Stanciu, M.D., and Oliver M. Glass, M.D.

This review presents the literature on opioid-induced hyperalgesia, with discussion on distinguishing features, underlying biological mechanisms, and management.

Prevention of Dementia, by Aarti U. Jerath, M.D., M.A.

Examining modifiable, preventive, and unique factors that might delay onset of cognitive decline.

Delusional Memory in First-Episode Psychosis, by Awais Aftab, M.D.

Demonstrating how an understanding of phenomenology can enrich psychiatrists’ diagnostic appreciation through presentation of the psychopathology of psychosis with a focus on delusional memory.

She Loves Me Not? A Case of Erotomania, by Marc Gunderson, M.D.

Erotomania in a middle-aged man with a history of schizoaffective disorder and polysubstance use.

Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, Second Edition, reviewed by Siddarth Puri, M.D.

November 2015 Residents' Journal

2015 APA Annual Meeting Synopses

How Extended Combat Improved Our Ability to Effectively Treat Veterans, by Amit Mistry, M.D.

ADHD in Adults: From Clinical Science to Clinical Practice, by Crispa J. Aeschbach Jachmann, M.D.

The Evaluation and Treatment of Behavioral Emergencies, by Crispa J. Aeschbach Jachmann, M.D., and Kashmira Rustomji, M.D.

Melatonin and Light Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, Sleep, and Other Body-Clock Disorders, by Elizabeth Tiffany, M.D.

Review Articles

Opioid Prescribing and Iatrogenic Addiction, by Walter S. Mathis, M.D.

Examining the literature on opioid prescribing and iatrogenic addiction, with discussion of risk estimation, risk factors, and training for clinical practice.

Sexual Sadism Disorder in Forensic Populations, by R. Scott Johnson, M.D., J.D., L.L.M., and Matthew R. Ayers, D.O.

Investigating sexual sadism disorder in forensic contexts, with discussion of prevalence, diagnostic reliability, and treatment.

Case Report

Treatment-Emergent Mania After Initiation of St. John’s Wort, by Shayna Carp, B.S., and Matisyahu Shulman, M.D.

First-episode mania after initiation of St. John’s wort in a 23-year-old male patient with no past psychiatric history.

Book Review

Fifty Shrinks, reviewed by Amir Adam Tarsha, M.S.

December 2015 Residents' Journal


Improving Physical Health: Role of Psychiatrists
Venkata Kolli
10(12), p. 2

Discussion of the role of psychiatrists in improving patients’ physical health, including familiarity with primary screening guidelines and integration with primary care settings.


A Review of the Neurological Features and Diagnosis of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
Deepak Alapati
10(12), pp. 37

Examining the neurological features and diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, with discussion on epidemiology, diagnosis, neuroimaging, and management.

A Review of the American Cancer Society Screening Guidelines
Matthew Fadus
10(12), pp. 811

Analyzing barriers to cancer screening and treatment among individuals with psychiatric disorders.

The Pharmacological Treatment of Obesity: A Literature Review
Connie L. Thomas
10(12), pp. 1215

Exploring the use of pharmacotherapy for weight loss, including discussion on neurobiology and the efficacy of pharmacologic agents.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Management: A Review of the American Diabetes Association 2015 Guidelines
Eric T. Wilkerson
10(12), pp. 1619

Understanding the management of type 2 diabetes, with emphasis on second-generation antipsychotics, complications, and management.

Case Report

Grasping for Words: A Case Series and Comparison of Language Loss in Frontotemporal Dementia vs. Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Philip M. Yam, Marc A. Bouchard, Ryan P. Schwer
10(12), pp. 2021