6 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Brief advice good enough
    Sahoo Saddichha

    The review by Havard and colleagues [1] does not take into account the fact that brief advice, either oral or written, is good enough to bring about behavioral change. To have such a group as the control group is self-defeating. In fact, in an emergency department (ED) setting, where both emotions and tension run high, it would be futile to try and attempt other time-consuming interventions such as motivational interviewi...

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  • ADHD behaviour
    Billy Levin

    Dear Editor

    The only method of improving the behaviour of ADHD children is to make them teachable. To become teachable the medical treatment needs to be titrated to an optimal dose, given every day without exception and monitored with an effective rating scale on a monthly basis.

  • Differing titration times leaves us none the wiser
    Andrew Al-Adwani

    Dear Editor

    The authors of the reviewed article state that for some of the tested drugs titration to full dose took "one to two weeks". One would assume that quetiapine would have been amongst the drugs that required the longest time to achieve therapeutic doses. A two week titration leaves only one week on an adequate dose of drug before the three week period, when lack of effectiveness is judged, ends. Other d...

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  • Antidepressants in Children-To give or not to give?
    Lakshmiprabha Ramasubramanian

    Dear Editor

    I read the review "antidepressant use increases the risk of suicidal behaviour and ideation in children" ,Evid Based Ment Health 2007; 10: 20 with interest.For clinicians like me who are faced with dilemma about prescribing antidepressant medications for children and adolescents,this systematic review is a welcome addition to the list of good quality studies available on risk-benefit ratio of these dr...

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  • Response to commentary
    Seena Fazel

    Dear Editor,

    Peters discusses some limitations in relation to our systematic review of the prevelance of substance abuse and dependence in prisoners. Peters states that we have not disaggregated findings obtained from sentenced and unsentenced prisoners. In fact, in Table 3, we do present the findings of sentenced and remand prisoners separately by gender, and by type of substance (alcohol and drug).


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  • Statement link missing
    Thorsten Schumann

    Dear Editor,

    It would have been utterly helpful if you had included a citation for the APA-NAMI-NMHA-statement in your article - or the following hypertext- link: http://www.nmha.org/newsroom/system/news.vw.cfm?do=vw&rid=662.

    Kind regards,

    Th. Schumann