Essential Reads

How 1930s Psychoanalysts Thought Self-Harm Explained War

Psychoanalysts in the 1930s saw self-harm as evidence of universal drives, which explained not only self-injury but war and violence. What is the legacy of their research today?

"Sonic Attack" Not Mass Hysteria, Says Top Doc—He's Wrong!

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in It's Catching
State department doctor gives stunning testimony on sonic attack claims.

How Stigma Kills Doctors

Stigma is driving suicide in some doctors. Fortunately, courageous stories of doctors living with psychiatric illness are unlocking the shame.

How and Why to Diagnose Psychopathic Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
When are mental disorders defined and diagnosed by the suffering inflicted on others?

More Posts on Psychiatry

What Do You Ask for in Therapy?

By Israel W Charny Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Warrior for Life
More than relieving symptoms, psychotherapy is best a learning and developmental process toward increasing respect for life—one's own life and the lives of others.

How Can I Retire If I Was Never Tired in the First Place?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on January 16, 2018 in Finally Out
A "third age" exists between the end of work and before fragility and dependency set in, and people follow diverse pathways of work and leisure in their retirements.

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.

Stigma, Psychopathology, and President Trump

Virtually everyone experiences a decline in fluid intelligence after about 70 years on the planet.

Family Relationships in Early Stages of Substance Use Change

By Michael Ascher M.D. on January 11, 2018 in Unhooked
Whether you are the person with the substance use problem in early stages of change or someone who loves them, everyone needs a road map to navigate existing family relationships.

Rating Scales Can Kill You

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on January 11, 2018 in The Power of Rest
The gaming of health care rating systems is a public health hazard.

Sigmund Freud Hated America: 5 Reasons Why

As a boy, Freud hung a copy of the Declaration of Independence in his room and memorized the Gettysburg Address. As an adult, he came to loathe everything American.

Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being, and Childhood Trauma

Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.

Deep Brain Stimulation Without Surgery

A technique to selectively stimulate specific brain regions without the need for surgery has been developed recently. Such technology has tremendous therapeutic potential.

What Is Your Risk for Clinical Depression after Disasters?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Due to the increasing prevalence of disasters, including natural disasters, technological accidents and terrorism, understanding risk and intervention is more important than ever.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Unipolar Mania

Unipolar mania (mania without depression) is currently diagnosed as bipolar I disorder. But scientific evidence suggests that it may be a subtype of ADHD.

Antidepressant Not Working? You Could Be a "Nonresponder"

By Christopher Bergland on December 29, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Why do some antidepressants work for one person but not another? The answer to this question has baffled psychopharmacologists for decades. Finally, a new study offers fresh clues.

Energetic Therapies in Mental Health Care

Curious about uses of energetic therapies in mental health care?

Why Do We Misunderstand Depression?

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 28, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Depression is an illness that reflects the complex relationship between brain biology and life stressors. But coping with it is never as simple as "snapping out of it."

Dickens' "Christmas Carol"

Charles Dickens, in " A Christmas Carol", taught us all we need to know about character formation, the effects of trauma, and the healing process of mourning.

What Is Cranial Electrostimulation?

By Emily Deans M.D. on December 22, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
A very small electric current applied to the brain from an FDA-cleared device can reduce anxiety, insomnia, and even depression and pain syndromes.
M. Farrell

The Subtle Art of Poisoning

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The who, what, how, and why of poisoning explained for those who must investigate these killers and bring them to trial.

How to Know You're in a Good Therapy for Addiction

By Lance Dodes M.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Heart of Addiction
Finding the right therapy for addiction is critical. Here are some things to watch out for.

Bergdahl and Moral Injury in War-Related PTSD

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 20, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Bowe Bergdahl's controversial desertion and return highlights the dilemmas of moral injury and its relationship to PTSD in combat zones.

Revisiting Preempting the Holocaust: Frankl versus Levi

How I came to develop a phenomenology of Holocaust survival.

Depression: A Symptom, Not a Disorder

By David M. Allen M.D. on December 15, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
In the popular press and even in articles meant for professionals, the term "depression" is used as if it were a scientific word, when it is a symptom of many different diagnoses.

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.

Professional Self-Care to Prevent Ethics Violations

Little is known about the association between physician stress and ethical errors like boundary violations or lack of professionalism in the workplace.

Could an App Diagnose Your Memory Problems?

Could an iPad app diagnose you with dementia? Researchers believe it can.

Making the Most of Rough Times in Therapy

By Susan Rako M.D. on November 30, 2017 in More Light
Is there any way to learn but the hard way?

Pregnant Women Struggle with Managing Psychiatric Medication

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mentally ill pregnant women encounter inadequate information and stigma.

Why Does Trump Post on Twitter?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 23, 2017 in Fighting Fear
A psychiatric explanation of why Trump tweets when it is not in his best interest to do so.

Does Hormonal Contraception Raise Suicide Risk?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 22, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research looks at how different factors related to hormonal contraception may affect risk of suicide, providing important information for clinicians and patients.
Judy Tsafrir MD

MTHFR, Methylation and Histamine in Psychiatric Conditions

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on November 22, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
The MTHFR mutation does not mean that you need to take methyl folate. This common approach can contribute to worsening psychiatric symptoms as well as increase the risk of cancer.

Long-Term Effects of Antipsychotics

Data support the long-term use of antipsychotics in persons with schizophrenia. However, less is known about the efficacy of long-term use for other conditions.