Felicia A. Smith

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The effects of self-hypnosis training on immune function and mood were examined in medical students at exam time. Hypnosis involved relaxation and imagery directed at improved immune function and increased energy, alertness and concentration. Hypotheses were made about activated and withdrawn personality differences. Eight high and eight low hypnotically(More)
OBJECTIVE Post-myocardial infarction (MI) anxiety, independent of demographic and medical variables, has been linked to in-hospital cardiac complications in prior studies, but such studies have not included a concomitant assessment of depressive symptoms. The aim of this exploratory study was to determine whether post-MI anxiety was associated with(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the ability of providers (medical residents and nurse practitioners) on inpatient cardiac units to recognize and appropriately treat patients with clinically significant depression and anxiety among a cohort admitted with acute myocardial infarction. Patients within 72 hours of acute myocardial infarction(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the operating characteristics of the Beck-Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) and the BDI-II cognitive subscale (BDI-II-cog) in screening for major depression (MDD) in post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients. METHODS Between October 2003 and July 2005, 131 post-MI patients admitted to an urban academic medical center completed the BDI-II(More)
AIMS A review of the published work on treatments for major depressive disorder suggests that there is an alarming gap between guideline recommendations and actual clinical practices worldwide. The purpose of this study was to compare early-career psychiatrists' selections of treatment for mild to moderate major depression in Japan and the USA. METHODS(More)
Accurate information is needed to facilitate health equity in underserved communities. This community-based participatory study asked residents about the meaning of mental health, their perceptions of community mental health needs, barriers to accessing mental health care, and acceptability of mental health services that are integrated in primary health(More)
BACKGROUND Depression (MDD) and anxiety have been associated with negative long-term outcomes among patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to determine whether MDD and anxiety preceding MI were associated with in-hospital post-MI cardiac complications. METHOD Subjects (N=129) underwent psychiatric(More)