HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
The following articles and test are designed to provide psychiatrists with continuing medical education opportunities. Category 1 credits can be earned by reading the material and successfully answering the quiz. Complete instructions are given with the quiz located at the end of the articles. To assist you in studying the material, this Pretest indicates some of the areas to be covered and will enable you to challenge your present knowledge of these subjects before reading further.
This issue of Psychiatric Annals consists of an update on special and innovative uses of benzodiazepines. After reading this issue, physicians will know the uses of benzodiazepines at the psychiatry-medicine interface, in OCD and Tourette's syndrome, and in psychiatric disorders. They will also know the special uses and risks of these agents in children, adolescents, and the elderly.
1. Long-acting benzodiazepines are generally best avoided in the elderly for all of the following reasons except
A. Increased risk of withdrawal upon abrupt discontinuation.
B. Increased risk of falls.
C. Increased risk of worsening underlying sleep apnea.
D. Increased number of active metabolites.
2. Benzodiazepines have consistently been shown to be beneficial in:
A. Rheumatoid arthritis.
B. Nocturnal myoclonus.
D. Ulcerative colitis.
3. When considering drug therapy for mania, benzodiazepines appear to be most useful:
A. After establishing therapeutic lithium levels.
C. At the beginning of therapy.
D. Any time.
1.A 2.B 3.C