Theresa L Thompson

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In their own practices and in consultation, requests to psychiatrists to evaluate and treat sleep disorders in the elderly are common. The five million elders in this country receive 35%-40% of the sedative-hypnotics prescribed, despite the fact that they represent only 12% of the population. Since their sleep disturbances are usually secondary to medical,(More)
Thioridazine was found to increase the serum prolactin level as well as the tumor size of a prolactin--secreting pituitary chromophobe adenoma in a schizophrenic man. He was then successfully treated with clonidine, an antinoradrenergic compound without antidopaminergic properties, which had no effect on serum prolactin or tumor growth. This case report(More)
Nonpsychiatrist physicians were surveyed regarding problems that they had experienced when seeking a psychiatric consultation or treatment referral. They gave three main reasons for not referring more patients to psychiatrists: a belief that other mental health professionals could do as well at less cost, that psychiatrists were less available to discuss(More)
Medication noncompliance is a significant problem in medical practice, but many intervention strategies developed for noncompliant patients (such as tangible rewards, contingency contracting) are not practical for the large numbers of patients seen by private practitioners on an ongoing basis. Based upon a review of the literature concerning the key(More)
BACKGROUND There is no effective pharmacologic treatment for Alzheimer's disease, the most common dementing illness in the United States. Hydergine, a combination of ergoloid mesylates, is the only approved medication for Alzheimer's disease, but despite widespread use its efficacy remains to be established. We conducted a clinical trial of Hydergine-LC, a(More)
Depression is a common disorder in the primary care setting; it is associated with considerable distress and dysfunction. The management of depressed primary care patients can be complicated by the fact that these patients may lack insight into the cause of their symptoms and report only the somatic manifestations of their disorder to their physicians.(More)
Seventeen areas of psychosocial distress were evaluated in 87 university hospital internal medicine clinic patients by a self-administered questionnaire and a psychiatric interview. These patients' internists then predicted the patients' distress level in each area. Their predictions correlated significantly with their patients' self-reports of(More)
The ability to assess psychosocial problems of a group of primary care internal medicine residents education in a relatively unstructured psychiatric liaison program was compared to a group of internists who had no specialized psychiatric training. The primary care residents did not demonstrate a superior ability to assess patients' psychosocial problems(More)