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February issues of APA Journals cover treating opioid and cannabis use disorders, trends in telepsychiatry, reproductive psychiatry and more

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American Psychiatric Association

The latest issues of three American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and Focus are now available online.

The February issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry features studies that focus on new developments in understanding and treating opioid and cannabis use disorders. Highlights include:

  • Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Veterans and Military Personnel on Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial (AJP Deputy Editor Danny Pine, M.D. highlights the study in this video).
  • Effects of Bundling Medication for Opioid Use Disorder With an mHealth Intervention Targeting Addiction: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
  • Converging Evidence for Frontopolar Cortex as a Target for Neuromodulation in Addiction Treatment.
  • Trends in Prevalence of Cannabis Use Disorder Among U.S. Veterans with and without Psychiatric Disorders Between 2005 and 2019. (First author Ofir Livne, M.D., M.P.H. is the featured guest on February’s AJP Audio podcast episode.)
  • Association of Cortico-Striatal Engagement During Cue Reactivity, Reappraisal, and Savoring of Drug and Non-Drug Stimuli with Craving in Heroin Addiction (AJP Deputy Editor Danny Pine, M.D. highlights the study in this video).
  • Commentary:  Toward a Harm Reduction Approach to Cannabis Use Disorder


The February issue of Psychiatric Services features  


  • Racial Disparities in Diagnosis of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among Symptomatic Medicaid Enrollees, 2012–2015.
  • Trends in Telepsychiatry and In-Person Psychiatric Care for Depression in an Academic Health System, 2017–2022.
  • Support From Intermediary Organizations for Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health Care.
  • Impact of Collaborative Documentation on Completeness and Length of Clinical Notes in Behavioral Health Settings.
  • ESSENCE: An Implementation Research Program to Scale Up Depression Care in Rural Communities.


Volume 22, Issue 1 of Focus is a special issue on Reproductive Psychiatry. Helmed by Guest Editors C. Neill Epperson, M.D., Sarah Nagle-Yang, M.D., and Andrew M. Novick, M.D., Ph.D., the issue features the following:


• Striking the Balance: Bipolar Disorder in the Perinatal Period.

• The Psychiatrist’s Role in Treating Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder and Reducing Maternal Mortality.

• Review of the Assessment and Management of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

• An Overview for the General Psychiatrist Evaluating Patients with Obstetric and Neonatal Complications and Perinatal Loss.

• Postpartum Psychosis: A Preventable Psychiatric Emergency.

• Bridging the Gap: Integrating Awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome into Mental Health Practice.

• Hormones as Psychotropic Interventions in Females.

• Putting Politics Aside: Supporting Pregnant Women Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence.


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