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OBJECTIVE Antidepressants that increase serotonin or norepinephrine in the brain are effective in treating depression, but there is no neuropsychological account of how these changes relieve depressive states. Cognitive theories suggest that biases in information processing lead depressed patients to make unrealistically negative judgments about themselves… (More)
Rural suicide rates have been shown to be disproportionately high in several countries. This study compares suicide rates in Cornwall with the rest of England and Wales over a 90-year period (1911-2001). Age and sex standardised mortality ratios were calculated for suicide and undetermined death for Cornwall standardised to England and Wales. From 1911… (More)
We aimed to survey the knowledge of psychiatrists on the assessment of decision-making capacity. Ninety-two psychiatrists of all grades and three other doctors attending a regional conference were marked on their verbal response to the question 'What are the key elements in the assessment of a patient's capacity?' On average, participants mentioned three… (More)
There has been increased research in recent years on incidents within adolescent inpatient psychiatric units, although findings to date have been somewhat inconsistent. We analysed all reported incidents by 37 consecutively discharged patients from a mixed sex adolescent forensic hospital. Findings include a very high overall rate of incidents. A small… (More)
The number of National Health Service (NHS) secure psychiatric beds is increasing. This survey asked forensic services about their plans for expansion. The survey indicated a large increase in medium secure provision over the next five years. The increase in the number of patients being detained in secure settings raises questions about whether there is in… (More)
Many patients maintained on depot medication have raised prolactin levels, which can lead to a range of long-term medical problems. The addition of aripiprazole can reduce prolactin levels and restore sexual function in these patients. The cases described demonstrate the potential role of aripiprazole in a forensic setting.
Bluebird House opened in February 2008. It was built to fill the gap of inpatient adolescent forensic services covering the South and South-West of England. This article describes the development of this highly specialized unit in its first three years.
Many young people in forensic adolescent units require intramuscular medication for rapid tranquillization. The efficacy and safety of the medications used is not well reported in this age group. Here we report a case of a 14-year-old girl experiencing severe oversedation and respiratory compromise on two occasions following intramuscular clonazepam.
Forensic psychiatry has been rapidly expanding in recent years and more NHS forensic beds are planned. This study aimed to examine the attitudes of psychiatrists towards forensic psychiatry. A questionnaire was given to psychiatrists attending a regional Royal College of Psychiatrists conference. In addition forensic psychiatrists were surveyed in the two… (More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to use routinely collected data on vitamin D levels of adolescents detained in a secure psychiatric hospital to see if this at-risk group for vitamin D deficiency do in fact have low vitamin D levels. METHODS Vitamin D blood levels were collated from clinical records of inpatients admitted to Bluebird House, a… (More)