Psychiatric Emergencies & Resources in the Time of Covid 8/6/2020

The health and mental health impact of the coronavirus pandemic is widespread (Brooks, 2020; Fegert et al., 2020). How have these changes been manifest in our communities? It is clear that the pandemic has disrupted the lives and the routines of everyone. The pandemic has quite naturally caused increased feelings of vulnerability and the ongoing […]


Involuntary grinding of teeth, otherwise known as bruxism, is frequently a concern raised by patients with stress, sleep problems (especially sleep apnea), myofacial tenderness, and, on occasion, those who take various psychotropic agents. Stimulants, SSRI medications, SNRI medications and antipsychotic agents are among the psychotropics that can cause or aggravate bruxism, Conservative approaches to managing […]

CICAMH 2020 Free Sessions Registration Form

 Registration Form:  CICAMH Free Sessions  July 17, 2020   Name_________________________________________________________________   Email Address: (the zoom link will be sent to this email address, please make sure it’s legible)   _____________________________________________________________________   Workplace:   ____________________________________________________________________ Please mark the sessions you’d like to register for:       ¨     8:30-9:30 AM   IMPACT of COVID-19: […]

Managing the Patient with a Somatoform Disorder Profile 7/8/2020

Among the more challenging clinical situations seen in the primary care setting are patients who are recurrently distressed and present with multiple physical complaints and symptoms that do not fit a clearly definable syndrome or diagnosis — a clinical presentation that presents the provider with no target for definitive medical intervention. Categorized as Somatoform Disorders […]

Hearing Voices 6/25/2020

When a child or adolescent reports “I hear voices”, it naturally causes concern for parents and healthcare clinicians alike. The immediate question is “what is the cause”? This, followed by “what to do about it?” In these cases, the primary care clinician’s role is to provide further assessment (including consideration of potential organic causation—e.g., a […]

Venturing out in the Summer & Fall of 2020: Guidance for Parents 6/18/2020

As schools, businesses and public places re-open this summer as the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, parents will continue to look for guidance from their medical providers on how to responsibly protect their kids and their families. Today’s eWeekly provides guidelines and resources to help primary care providers begin to assist parents in addressing […]

Managing Mood Disorders for Pregnant Patients and Their Progeny 6/11/2020

Optimizing treatment intervention for individuals with clinically significant mood disorders during pregnancy can be fraught with conflicting influences and requires careful consideration and sensitivity, as whatever actions you take (or don’t take) for the mother, will also affect the fetus. Following are a number of clinical considerations identified in a recent article published in Psychiatric […]

Suicidal Patients & COVID 19: Tips for Managing SI in a Telehealth World 6/4/2020

Baseline data for the US indicates that nearly 45,000 people die by suicide each year and there is both uncertainty and concern about how these numbers will be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Today’s weekly explores potential interventions to address this problem in primary care settings. People who have been suicidal before could have a […]

Coping with Loss in the Time of COVID-19 5/28/2020

This week’s SmartCare e-Weekly is pleased to share the sensitive and thoughtful insights of a special guest contributor, Miriah de Matos, MPH, MA, a parent to two young boys who works as Senior Project Specialist for AAP-CA3’s First 5 First Steps & Healthy Development Services program. As a program focused on integrating behavioral healthcare into […]