6 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Protection at home or risks away
    Andrew Al-Adwani

    Dear Editor,

    Is it not just as plausible to postulate a relative protection from schizophrenia in less developed countries that is inversely proportional to their degree of development. In this scenario the schizophrenia genotypes would be more prevalent in these countries and only become more liable to expression upon migration. This of course would be particularly so for those in the high risk years which a numbe...

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  • Risperidone improves tardive dyskinesia- are the benefits maintained in the longer term?
    C Feroz-Nainar

    Dear Editor,

    It would be interesting to know what proportion of the sample that had the initial positive response maintain the improvement in the longer term. This is important as tardive dyskinesia characteristically occurs after prolonged neuroleptic therapy. There are several case reports of long-term risperidone therapy causing tardive dyskinesia [1-5]. Recently a child in my clinic developed tardive dyskines...

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