James L. Werth

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OBJECTIVES [corrected] To assess efficacy and safety of gabapentin in the treatment of bipolar disorder. METHODS This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of adjunctive gabapentin (dosed flexibly between 900 and 3,600 mg/day). Patients with a lifetime diagnosis of bipolar disorder (type I), and who were currently suffering from symptoms of either(More)
The issue of suicide, including prevention, intervention, and postvention, continues to be a problem on college campuses. For this study, data concerning a variety of issues related to college student suicide were collected from 1,865 students at four different universities. Incidence, risk factors, and potential solutions are described, as well as(More)
Prior research has identified a negative association between suicidal ideation and help-seeking, a phenomenon called "help-negation." Help-negation has been documented to occur for both professional and nonprofessional sources of help. In this study help-seeking attitudes, stigma concerns, and perceptions of social support were examined as possible(More)
Confidentiality is one of the foundations on which psychotherapy is built. Limitations on confidentiality in the therapeutic process have been explained and explored by many authors and organizations. However, controversy and confusion continue to exist with regard to the limitations on confidentiality in situations where clients are considering their(More)
Clinical depression and other psychological disorders have been associated with suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths. Because of the link between suicide and mental illness, whenever discussion of "assisted suicide" arises, the possibility that major depression is affecting the decision arises. This article examines the literature on clinical depression(More)
This qualitative study was designed to develop a set of empirically based criteria for rational suicide by asking psychotherapists to define "rational suicide." Data analysis revealed three components of a rational suicide: (1) the presence of an unremittingly hopeless condition (eight examples provided), (2) a suicidal decision made as a free choice, and(More)
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's actions have generated much controversy and press coverage during the past decade. His appearance on a nationally televised newsprogram with a videotape showing him deliberately causing the death of a man led to his imprisonment. This article discusses how Kevorkian's euthanasia case can be used to teach undergraduate students about(More)
End-of-life care has received increasing attention in the last decade; however, the focus continues to be on the physical aspects of suffering and care to the virtual exclusion of psychosocial areas. This paper provides an overview of the literature on the intra- and interpersonal aspects of dying, including the effects that psychosocial variables have on(More)
The report by Russel Ogden (2001) on a conference where devices designed to facilitate death were displayed and discussed highlights how far some individuals will go if they are committed to helping suffering people die. In this commentary, the author discusses the federal policy developments that have contributed to this movement and then expresses his(More)
This article fills a need in the theoretical and clinical literature by presenting a set of guidelines for assessing mental capacity and impaired judgment when a person makes a request to have physician-assisted death. Because Oregon is the only state to have a law allowing physician-assisted death, the guidelines are placed within the context of the Oregon(More)