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April issues of APA journals cover treatment for irritability in youth, collaborative psychopharmacology, disparities in use of restraint, and more

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American Psychiatric Association

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2024 — The latest issues of three American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and The American Journal of Psychotherapy are now available online.

The April issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry features studies that focus on youth psychopathology. Highlights include:

  • Promising clinical results and neuroimaging findings seen in a double-blind trial of intranasal oxytocin for irritability. (AJP Deputy Editor Danny Pine highlights the study in this video and lead author Soonjo Hwang is the featured guest on April’s AJP Audio podcast episode.)
  • A critical integrative review of irritability in youths.
  • A potential prognostic biomarker of clinical outcome for youths with psychosis risk syndrome (AJP Deputy Editor Danny Pine highlights the study in this video.)
  • How the development of callous-unemotional traits from ages 7 to 12 is largely influenced by genetic factors and less so by negative parenting.

The April issue of Psychiatric Services features  

  • Race-Based Disparities in the Frequency and Duration of Restraint Use in a Psychiatric Inpatient Setting.
  • Benzodiazepine Prescriptions for Homeless Veterans Affairs Service Users With Mental Illness.
  • Collaborative Psychopharmacology: A Low-Barrier Approach to Integrating Mental Health Services.
  • Supporting People With Serious Mental Illness After Prison Release: The FIT Wellness Model.
  • The Zero Suicide Model in Addiction Treatment Settings: Recognizing the Need for Feasibility and Implementation Data.

Also online now is Volume 77, Issue 1 of The American Journal of Psychotherapy, which features the following:

  • Feasibility and Acceptability of Group Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Recurrent Mood Disorders.
  • Dialectical Behavior and Social Rhythm Therapy for Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Empathy in the Care of Individuals With Schizophrenia: A Vital Element of Treatment.
  • Third-Party Observation in Psychotherapy: Playing to the Audience.

Journalists who wish to access the publications should email press@psych.org.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,900 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please visit www.psychiatry.org.


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