Depression in Long Term Care

This presentation was given on 2008-11-17 at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry Conference Series, and on 2008-11-20 to the Head Nurses at Ste. Anne’s Hospital. It had previously been presented to staff of CSSS Cavendish on 2008-10-8, at Centre d’Accueil Henri-Bradet. Download a pdf of the slides and…

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Does a fish a day keep the doctor away? The role of omega-3 fatty acids in psychiatry

This presentation was given on 2006-9-5 at Ste. Anne’s Hospital, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec. Earlier versions of this talk were presented at: • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Rounds, Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital, 2002-6-28 • Department of Psychiatry Clinical Grand Rounds, Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital, 2002-9-12 •…

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Does too much sleep cause depression?

Presented at Ste. Anne’s Hospital 2006-5-9 and on 2006-6-1. Some proverbs about sleep: “One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two hours after.”
—John Rays (1627-1705): A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs, 1670 “Plough deep while sluggards sleep.”
—Benjamin franklin (1706-1790): Maxim prefixed to Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1757 “The early bird catches…

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Assessment of depression in dementia

This was presented on 2003-9-19 at the McGill Division of Geriatric Medicine First Annual Interdisciplinary Geriatric Seminar, titled “Promoting partnership through protocols: intervention strategies for dementia care”, held at the Ruby Foo Hotel, Montreal. It was also presented on 2003-9-18 at Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Rounds, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal. Download a…

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Average sunrise time predicts depression prevalence

Citation: Olders H. Average sunrise time predicts depression prevalence. J Psychosom Res. 2003;55:99-105. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Folk wisdom has it that early rising is associated with being “healthy, wealthy and wise.” A physiologic explanation may be Wiegand’s “Depressiogenic Theory of Sleep,” which posits that excessive REM sleep causes depression. Sleeping late…

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Affective disorders, sleep patterns, and treatment implications

Affective Disorders, Sleep Patterns, and Treatment Implications Problem issues in treatment of affective disorders Only 60-70% of depressed patients respond to antidepressants (in carefully done studies). The clinical reality is worse. In some patients, antidepressants worsen agitation, may increase suicidality We still don’t understand what causes depression, or how antidepressant…

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