What is Psychiatry?

In its ongoing attempts to define, understand, and categorize disorders, and determine the best treatments, the medical specialty of psychiatry is always up against the protean complexity of the human brain. Both biological factors and environmental factors contribute to symptoms of distress, and the role each plays varies from person to person. Both psychotherapy and drugs are effective for most psychiatric disorders, and often a combination of the two works best, although the effects kick in on different timetables.

Recent Posts on Psychiatry

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center.

Susan Raeburn on Group Psychotherapy

The future of mental health interview series continues with Susan Raeburn on group psychotherapy.

Robert Whitaker on Mad in America

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Whitaker on Mad in America.

The Argumentative, Paranoid and Vigilant Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 A Sideways View
Is a little paranoia a healthy reaction to the modern office where so much of your behaviour is monitored?

Do Antipsychotics Help or Harm Psychotic Symptoms?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 01, 2016 Saving Normal
To continue or discontinue antipsychotic treatment can be the most important decision in a person's life. This piece summarizes two opposing views on the risks and benefits.

Isabel Clarke on Psychosis and Spiritual Experiences

The future of mental health interview series continues with Isabel Clarke on psychosis and spiritual experiences.

Day 14: James Maddux on Positive Clinical Psychology

The future of mental health interview series continues with James Maddux on positive clinical psychology

Get Back on the Helicopter

By Marcia Morris M.D. on January 30, 2016 College Wellness
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.

Day 13: Lucy Johnstone on Psychological Formulation

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lucy Johnstone on critical psychiatry and psychological formulation.

Depression Screening - What Should We Do?

The government wants every adult to be screened for depression - then what?

Why the FDA's Move to Restrict ECT Should Alarm Us All

By Amy S.F. Lutz on January 29, 2016 Inspectrum
The FDA is moving to restrict access to a treatment that 100,000 Americans turn to every year to resolve devastating psychiatric illnesses – including my son. We can stop them.

Day 12: Michael Cornwall on Being Present to "Madness"

The future of mental health interview series continues with Michael Cornwall on being present to "madness."

Day 11: Monica Cassani on Beyond Meds: Everything Matters

The future of mental health interview series continues with Monica Cassani on Beyond Meds: Everything Matters.

Unhinged, Part 1

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 How To Do Life
A story about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Day 10: Tim Carey on Parenting Skills and Family Wellness

The future of mental health interview series continues with Tim Carey on parenting skills and family mental health

'Addiction' to Fortune Telling

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 In Excess
A recent case study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions reported the case of a woman ‘addicted’ to fortune tellers. Can such a behaviour really be classed as an addiction?

Day 9: Sharna Olfman on Child Mental Health Controversies

Day 9 of the future of mental health interview series continues with Sharna Olfman on the science and pseudoscience of children's mental health.

Real People Talk About Therapy

Ever wondered what you might get out of therapy? Here's how talking with a professional changed the lives of people just like you.

Dreaming in Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

By Michelle Carr on January 25, 2016 Dream Factory
Depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorder have been associated with frequent and distressing nightmares, along with several other qualities of disturbed dreaming.

Day 8: Henry Shukman on Buddhism and Healing

The future of mental health interview series continues with Henry Shukman on Buddhism and healing.

How Do We Measure Success In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

By Tom Wootton on January 25, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Using remission as the yardstick for measuring success has never produced results comparable to the ones associated with functionality assessments.

Does the Internet Promote Delusional Thinking?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 25, 2016 Psych Unseen
With biased brains operating in online echo chambers and filter bubbles, normal people increasingly hold beliefs with delusional qualities.

Day 7: Jackie Goldstein on Communities of Care

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jackie Goldstein on communities of care.

Heavy Metal: Lead and the Brain

How lead disrupts the brain and causes irreversible damage.

Day 6: Lee Jampolsky on Inspirational Psychology

Day 6 of the future of mental health interview series: Lee Jampolsky on inspirational psychology

Day 5: Paula Caplan on Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis

The future of mental health series continues with Paula Caplan on bias in psychiatric diagnosis

The Problem with Heroizing Robert Spitzer

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Side Effects
One of the most influential psychiatrists of the twentieth century leaves a complex legacy.

Day 4: Peter Beresford on Shaping Our Lives

Today's interview with Peter Beresford on Shaping Our Lives is the fourth interview in the future of mental health interview series.

Day 3: Nicole Gibson & Australia's Rogue & Rouge Foundation

The future of mental health interview series continues with an interview with Nicole Gibson on Australia's Rogue and Rouge Foundation.