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Welcome ... to the Neuroscience Education Institute's (NEI) inaugural newsletter, Psychopharmacology Education Update, or PsychEd Up. We are launching the newsletter as a service to the psychopharmacology community. I will serve as the editor-in-chief and a contributor to this venture, which you will receive monthly with Clinical Psychiatry News. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for PsychEd Up, so please feel free to send an e-mail with your comments and ideas to:

Why another newsletter?

Psychopharmacology is a rapidly evolving field and many hold a stake in its progress, including patients and their families, the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, the ACCME, medical organizations such as the APA, and others. I strongly believe that the prescriber of psychopharmacologic agents also plays a pivotal role in this community and must have a strong voice to be heard over the competing voices of other stakeholders. PsychEd Up's mission, therefore, is to offer you information from the psychopharmacologist's perspective and to provide you with a reliable resource in the dynamic climate of our field.

For example, one of the most divisive issues in psychopharmacology today concerns prescribing antidepressants to children. Not only are families and physicians divided on this issue, but so are the FDA and the APA. In fact, we address this controversy in this first issue of PsychEd Up.

In future issues of PsychEd Up, we will explore other controversial topics, such as the concern over atypical antipsychotics and weight gain and ACCME regulations of who can teach therapeutics in CME courses. We will endeavor to provide information that is most pertinent to a prescribing clinician and suggest the most appropriate action(s) to take when there are controversies in the field. Moreover, we will offer advice on how to distinguish between sources that serve their own interests and those that serve the interests of the psychopharmacology professional. Most importantly, we will do all this from the perspective of the prescribing clinician.

Inside PsychEd Up

Each issue of PsychEd Up will discuss these important topics in feature articles written by NEI staff, key opinion leaders, and me:

* Second Messenger presents complex psychopharmacologic concepts in a simple and readable format

* Essential PsychopharmaStahlogy aims to dispel "myth-information" in the field by providing my viewpoint on various issues of debate

* Broca's Area discusses current, and sometimes controversial, issues from the psychopharmacologist's perspective

* Tips and Pearls provides advice for the practicing clinician over a broad range of topics, from appropriate dosing of medication to advice on communicating with patients

* Clinical Commissures connects the psychopharmacology practitioner with recent educational events and activities in the field

* Back to Basics explains psychopharmacologic concepts through simple illustrations and cartoons

Through these features and more, we hope that PsychEd Up will offer you a unique perspective of current developments and controversies in the field of psychopharmacology. We plan to provide you with the very best medical education in psychopharmacology and will now keep in touch with you through this newsletter as well. Thus, we will become a stronger voice than ever for the prescribing psychopharmacologist.

Best wishes and welcome,

Stephen M. Stahl

Chairman, Neuroscience Education Institute

Editor-in-Chief, PsychEd Up

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
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Title Annotation:Letter From the Editor
Author:Stahl, Stephen M.
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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