Ari E Zaretsky

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OBJECTIVE Although medication is the mainstay of treatment for bipolar disorder, several adjunctive psychosocial interventions have been manualized over the last decade. This paper's objective is to empirically evaluate the different treatment approaches. METHOD We conducted a systematic review of the recent literature pertaining to psychosocial(More)
OBJECTIVE Psychosocial research in bipolar disorder (BD) has not yet assessed the relative benefits of a short course of psychoeducation (PE), compared with a longer course of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) containing psychoeducational principles. This pilot study evaluated the efficacy and added benefit of adding a course of CBT to a standard course(More)
OBJECTIVE Bipolar disorder is insufficiently controlled by medication, so several adjunctive psychosocial interventions have been tested. Few studies have compared these psychosocial treatments, all of which are lengthy, expensive, and difficult to disseminate. We compared the relative effectiveness of a brief psychoeducation group intervention to a more(More)
OBJECTIVES Psychological studies have identified that different coping strategies affect outcome in bipolar disorder (BD), with the possibility of preventing mania by effective coping with prodromes. This study seeks to examine coping mechanisms using a recently developed scale to clarify the relationship of coping styles to clinical and demographic(More)
OBJECTIVE While the efficacy of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) for the treatment of acute unipolar major depression is well-documented, there is almost no data evaluating its utility in the treatment of bipolar depression. This pilot study compares the efficacy of CBT combined with mood-stabilizer pharmacotherapy for bipolar depression and CBT alone for(More)
OBJECTIVE As it is increasingly recognized that cultural competence is an essential quality for any practicing psychiatrist, postgraduate psychiatry training programs need to incorporate cultural competence training into their curricula. This article documents the unique approach to resident cultural competence training being developed in the Department of(More)
Pharmacotherapy is the foundation of treatment for bipolar disorder, but research suggests that adjunctive psychosocial interventions that are manualized, reproducible, time-limited, empirically supported, and strategically target a number of critical domains, can efficiently provide additional benefits. Psychoeducation as an adjunct of pharmacotherapy may(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether dependent and self-critical personality traits are associated with specific types of life events and whether these traits change with pharmacotherapy. METHOD Overall, 142 depressed outpatients completing 8 weeks of fluoxetine treatment were administered the Life Experiences Survey (LES) at baseline and the Dysfunctional(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate changes in the use of coping styles in response to early symptoms of mania in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), compared with psychoeducation, for bipolar disorder. METHOD Data were drawn from a randomized controlled trial comparing CBT and psychoeducation. A subsample of 119 participants completed the Coping Inventory for the(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite the growing number of international medical graduates (IMGs) training in medicine in Canada and the United States, IMG-specific challenges early in psychiatry residency have not been fully explored. Therefore, the authors conducted a needs-assessment survey to determine the needs of IMGs transitioning into psychiatry residency. METHOD(More)