Essential Reads

How Good is Your Psychiatrist? Finding Roses Among Thorns

By Georgia Ede MD on June 24, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Unhappy with your current psychiatrist? Can't find a psychiatrist? You're not alone—here are some insights and tips that can help.

HiTOP: The Future of Mental Health Diagnosis is Here

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A revolutionary new approach to mental health diagnosis offers new ways to resolve old diagnostic controversies.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.

More Posts on Psychiatry

How Do Psychotherapists Think?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Hot Thought
Psychotherapists need complex reasoning to determine how to help the people they treat. Such assessment is not simply matching features, but requires building a causal account.

Rolling Back the Clock on Mental Health in our Country

The Senate health care bill could be disastrous for our country on multiple levels

Beyond the Prophylactic and the Panacea

The hospital is a complex solution for the care of the elderly and delirium is an evolutionary fact for which assistance must be given.

The One Question to Ask Every Therapist

A therapist who thinks it’s fine to coast is hardly an advertisement for change.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.

"Little Brain" Plays Surprisingly Big Role in Mental Health

First-of-its-kind research has discovered that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") plays a significant—and previously unrecognized—role in a wide range of mental disorders.

Six Things You Should Know About ADHD

A recent study, geared toward teachers promotes a new understanding of ADHD—a diagnosis that has been skyrocketing among American children.

A Writer's Manifesto

Using words to navigate an incoherent existence

What Dogs Can Teach Us about the Main Cause of Depression

Psychologists have long pondered what is the cause, and the evolutionary purpose, of depressed feelings. Dogs have the answer.
Erlanger Turner, Ph.D.

Run for Your Life to Improve Your Mental Health

In his new book, William Pullen provides a self-help resource on coping with mental health issues by combining exercise and mindfulness.

I Didn't Want to Betray My Wife Again

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on June 07, 2017 in Finally Out
​I had broken my vows to my wife, and I left her when I realized that if I made those vows again I would only betray her again. My attraction to men was too powerful to contain.
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Are You the Parent of a Depressed Child or Teenager?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 07, 2017 in On Call
Are you the parent of a depressed child or teenager? A psychiatrist and a teenager's mother team up to offer recommendations.

Seven Ways to Surpass Your Supervisors

Do your teachers' abilities to recognize patterns, apply ideas, and develop a working alliance set a cap on what you can learn?

NAMI's Identity Crisis

By Dinah Miller M.D. on June 05, 2017 in Committed
Is NAMI's upcoming board of director election really about involuntary psychiatric care?

Which Type of Therapy Works Best? New Study Calls It a Draw

In the timeless battle over which type of psychotherapy is superior, a new meta-analytic study find psychodynamic therapy to be equivalent to CBT for adults.

Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

An estimated 15% of these incarcerated men and women will have a serious mental illness, and approximately 50% have an active substance use disorder, or both.
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What Happens to Drugs?

What happens after drugs are released? A third get new warnings.

What Is the Best Way to Treat Depression?

When is psychotherapy the better option for relieving depression? When is medication called for? And is their combination always better than either one alone?
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Science and Spirituality 2

Those in each camp would do well to examine their own weaknesses, rather than entrench themselves in fixed positions and cast blame on real or imaginary enemies.

For Parents: High School Students Facing Year-End Burnout

Is your exhausted, stressed-out high school student crumbling at the end of the school year? These tips will help you provide the practical support your child needs.
Dora Calott Wang

What's Up with Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is as malignant as cancer, says Robert Post.

Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness

Former NIMH Head with remarkable admission: $20 billion in taxpayer dollars fails to move the needle on mental illness.

Medication For Life

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 20, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Media Spotlight
According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (twelve percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013.

Couples Therapy: 15 Essentials That the Best Therapists Do

If you are a therapist, to what extent do you follow these guidelines? If you are choosing a therapist, or evaluating whether to stay with one you've been with, here's help.

Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome: Subclinical Version

Can cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome be inherited? Do subtle versions live among us?
Charles C. Thomas

The Impact of Mentors

A new collection of important papers reminds us of past work in criminal psychology, as well as the importance of mentors.

Gender and Mental Health: Do Men Matter Too?

A recent report set out to assess gender inequality and mental health, but was this another wasted opportunity to discuss issues affecting men?

Talking to the Doctor’s Family

Aren't sure if your suicide risk assessment meets the standard of care? Talk to the family.

Preventing Cyberbullying Among Children and Adolescents

Cyberbullying is linked to increased problems in youth such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and decreased performance in school. How can it be addressed?