Monday, September 18, 2017

Connections Between Bipolar Disorder and Diabetes

Psychiatrist Susan Turner

As a privately practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Turner maintains a sub-specialization in the treatment of co-morbid bipolar disorder and diabetes. Dr. Susan Turner understands the many interactions involved in the two conditions and is committed to creating effective treatment plans for each individual patient.

Compared to the average individual, patients with bipolar disorder are three times as likely to develop diabetes. Research has revealed that this dramatic increase stems largely from the fact that 54 to 68 percent of patients with bipolar disorder are obese or overweight. Obesity stands out as a contributing cause of metabolic syndrome, which raises a patient's risk of high blood glucose levels and in turn can lead to this development of diabetes.

Scientists have attributed this connection largely to the use of medications often prescribed to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Antipsychotic and anti-epileptic medications are particularly likely to lead to weight gain, especially if the patient takes an antipsychotic alongside a mood-stabilizing pharmaceutical.

Data has also revealed that patients with both bipolar disorder and diabetes respond less effectively to treatment for either disorder. These patients tend to struggle with more severe presentations of their mental illness and are more likely to experience cognitive changes, including psychosocial challenges and abnormal energy metabolism in the brain.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

APA’s Annual Meeting Attracts Psychiatrists from around the Globe


A New York-based psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience, Dr. Susan Turner treats patients as the owner of a private practice in New York City’s Flatiron District. Throughout her career, Dr. Susan Turner has maintained membership in the American Psychiatric Association

For nearly 175 years, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been holding an annual meeting as part of its efforts to educate the psychiatric community about the latest developments in the field. Today, the APA Annual Meeting brings together mental health professionals from throughout the United States and over 50 countries for five days of learning and networking activities. 

The next APA Annual Meeting will be held May 5-9, 2018, in New York City. In early December 2017, member registration will open for the event, which will feature a range of sessions focused on the cutting-edge science and therapies that are shaping psychiatry today. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing medical education credits as they learn from world-renowned experts and discuss psychiatric trends with their peers. The 2018 APA Annual Meeting will also include an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services for mental health professionals.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Children's Day Unit Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Susan Turner

Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Turner recently served as associate medical director at Columbia Psychiatric Associates. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Susan Turner previously served as chief resident at New York State Psychiatric Institute.


New York State Psychiatric Institute has several different clinics to serve the needs of patients, including clinics that focus on children and adolescents. The program known as Children’s Day Unit provides outpatient services in the form of a day hospital for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who need consistent and intense outpatient care. Some of the issues addressed include social phobias and refusal to attend school. 

Participants in the program continue their education by attending classes and earning school credits with the assistance of the New York City Board of Education. After discharge, they also have access to additional services, such as art therapy, individual and group counseling, and help with school placement.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New York State Psychiatric Institute - Residency Program


Prior to becoming an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University in New York, New York, Dr. Susan Turner attended the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Susan Turner began her internship and residency in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital as well as at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).

Established in 1895, the New York State Psychiatric Institute is one of the first hospitals in the country to incorporate teaching and research into the care of patients dealing with mental diseases. The residency training program at NYSPI is designed for a four-year program with residents serving the first year as an internship. During the first year, interns work with patients dealing with illnesses ranging from eating disorders and addictions to children and adolescents who are experiencing everything from mood disorders to prescription and drug abuse.

American Psychiatric Association Names New President-Elect

Susan Turner
With over 13 years of experience, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Susan Turner treats patients from her private practice in New York City. An involved professional, Dr. Susan Turner works to stay abreast of the latest developments in psychiatry through her membership in the American Psychiatric Association.

In a recent press release, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced that Anita Everett, MD, has been named the organization’s next president-elect. Everett, a professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins School of Medicine, is the former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, and she previously served the APA as chair of the Task Force on Healthcare Reform 2015 and chair of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance.

Dr. Everett will assume her role as APA president in May 2017 after current President-Elect Maria Oquendo, MD, serves her one-year presidential term. When she assumes the role, Dr. Everett will lead the APA in its efforts to extend behavioral health access to all Americans and promote effective treatments for individuals affected by serious mental illness.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bipolar Disorder Linked to Faster Biological Aging


A privately practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Turner treats patients who live with a broad range of singular disorders and co-morbid conditions. Dr. Susan Turner possesses particular expertise in the treatment of patients who have bipolar disorder in addition to diabetes.

The psychiatric profession has an established understanding that bipolar disorder can increase a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions often associated with aging. According to a recent study conducted through King's College London, this association may stem from a biological susceptibility to faster aging.

The study focused on the comparative structure of telomeres. These protective coverings are located on the edge of each DNA strand and shorten with every replication, until the telomere is short enough that replication is no longer possible. Short telomeres thus correlate with advanced biological age, which may or may not align with chronological age.

Researchers found that individuals with bipolar disorder have shorter telomeres than their non-affected counterparts, and that these patients' immediate relatives had telomeres of similar length. This finding indicates not only that there is likely to be a link between bipolar disorder and faster aging, but also that the genetic predispositions toward the two processes may be connected. 

Data also showed that patients who had taken lithium for bipolar disorder did not have notably shorter telomeres than their healthy peers, which reinforces earlier findings that the drug may help to correct rapid aging while simultaneously treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Connections Between Bipolar Disorder and Diabetes

Psychiatrist Susan Turner As a privately practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Turner maintains a sub-specialization in the treatment of...