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2011-2012 GAP Fellows and the Dear Abby Fellow

GAP 2011-2012 Fellows

(L-R: Mary Barber, Fellowship Chair, Marika Wrzosek, Marc Manseau, David Hsu, Basant Pradhan)

GAP/Dear Abby Fellows

(L-R: Marika Wrzosek, David Hsu, Marc Manseau, Basant Pradhan, Rupinder Legha, Michael Ascher, the Dear Abby Fellow, Jacob Appel, Mia Everett, Jonathan Avery, Serina Deen and Mary Barber, Fellowship Chair)


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Story of GAP by Albert Deutsch

Relating to the origins, goals and activities of a unique medical organization, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and its contributions to professional and social process.

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Memorial for William C. Menninger

There is little we can do to honor our friend, Bill Menninger, which has not been done in his lifetime. But through recalling our mutual experiences, we may find ways to comfort ourselves.

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CAREERS – A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at Work

CAREERS – A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at WorkThe newly released e-book "CAREERS – A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at Work" identifies how seven core behaviors lead to career satisfaction as well as emotional and psychological health.  Each behavior (Change, Appreciate, Risk, Explore, Endure, Reflect, and Sacrifice) mirrors aspects of essential brain function.  The book inventively expands the definition of career success beyond paths and positions by emphasizing healthy development of the self as a guiding principle in career development. "CAREERS – A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at Work" is available as an e-book at and on

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Cost-Effectiveness of Psychotherapy for the Major Psychiatric Diagnoses

Psychotherapy is an effective and often highly cost-effective medical intervention for many serious psychiatric conditions.  It is at times the first-line and most important treatment and at other times augments the efficacy of psychotropic medication.  The patients who are most in need of more prolonged and intensive psychotherapy are those with personality disorders and those with chronic complex psychiatric conditions often including severe anxiety and depression.  These patients, if inadequately treated, are extremely costly to society in increased medical and emergency services, disability and, for certain groups, destructive and antisocial behavior. Certain children and adolescents with learning disabilities and those with severe psychiatric disorders also require more than brief treatment.

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The British Medical Association’s (BMA) Book Awards in September honored two American Psychiatric Publishing (APP) books

The BMA says its Book Awards aim to "encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing across 21 categories." The two APP books, Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment and Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, Second Edition, were among the "Highly Commended" finalists within the "Best Book in Psychiatry" category. Only 10 other books, including the winner, made the commended list.

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Resident Mentors Can Enrich Medical Students’ Experience

Michael Ascher, M.D., and Jonathan Avery, M.D.

Over the last six years there has generally been a downward trend in U.S. medical school seniors choosing to pursue a career in psychiatry. Psychiatry residents can, however, play a vital role in inspiring young medical students to gain a greater interest in and appreciation for psychiatry.

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Opportunities to Enhance Prevention-Related Competencies in Graduate Medical Education in Psychiatry: A Position Statement of the Prevention Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

The field of psychiatry has adopted a renewed emphasis on applying a public health approach to mental health care. A fundamental principle in public health is to focus on the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of wellbeing. Psychiatry has long stressed the importance of prevention and mental health promotion with every significant stride that is made in research and policy arenas, particularly in the areas of national and international policy, but also in everyday psychiatric practice.

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Our Job and Their Jobs

The capacity to love and work is a timeless definition of a mentally healthy individual. Conservatively 23 million working-age Americans have chronic health and mental health problems that diminish their ability to work (Hoffman and Rice, 1996). Millions more are projected to experience employment problems by 2030 (Lerner et al., 2005). There is a reciprocal relationship between illness and work, with symptoms impairing functioning and poor functioning worsening recovery...

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The Social Brain

Presented by the Research Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.
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Cosmetic Psychiatry: The Use of Enhancement in Psychiatry

Fellows, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Fall Meeting 2008.
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In therapy? Here's how to assess effectiveness

So, you've been in therapy for several months and aren't sure if you're improving. You seem to feel better, getting things off your mind each week, but how do you know if you're actually gaining from seeing your therapist? There's a difference between feeling better and getting better.
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Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle: For Some People, Intimacy Is Toxic

… Just before [this patient] made his suicide attempt, he remembered, he had been feeling very uncomfortable with his girlfriend and the pressure from his parents. ''I wanted everyone to go away,'' he recalled …
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Product of the Month

Geriatric Psychiatry BasicsDisaster Psychiatry
Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment

Frederick J. Stoddard, Jr., M.D., Anand Pandya, M.D., and Craig L. Katz, M.D.

With its practical approach to readiness, response, and intervention and its focus on evidence-based recommendations for psychiatric evaluation and interventions, Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment is an invaluable manual for educator and student alike. The manual draws on a variety of sources, including the peer-reviewed scientific literature, the clinical wisdom imparted by front-line psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and the experiences of those who have organized disaster mental health services, including the American Psychiatric Association and Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. Each chapter provides clear and concise information and in-depth review, followed by helpful study questions and answers. This book has been developed to give professionals the knowledge they need to respond swiftly and appropriately when disaster strikes.

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