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

10 Subtle Signs of Psychosis

There are a number of subtle signs that you or a loved one may be mildly psychotic. Read on to find out what to look for.

Goldwater 2016: Are Psychiatrists' Opinions of Trump Rigged?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 25, 2016 in Psych Unseen
5 reasons why psychiatrists and psychologists should heed the “Goldwater Rule”

Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Physician Gatekeeper

Many medications can be abused. Prescribing doctors are gatekeepers who separate legitimate use from abuse. However, this distinction is becoming less clear.

5 Steps for Navigating (or Leaving) a Toxic Relationship

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 17, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Navigating toxic relationships is a process that requires help from supportive friends, family, and professionals. These tips can help you chart your course and build better bonds.

Why Do We Tell Boys to "Man Up"?

How does telling your son to "man up" impact him later in life. This is what the research tells us.

No, ADHD Is Exposed by France

A response to Dr. Rettew’s post.

France Is Great, But Their Kids Have ADHD Too

Before packing up the kids and moving the France, take a moment to consider the science about ADHD.

No, Placebo Response Rates Are Not on the Rise

By Peter D Kramer on October 13, 2016 in In Practice
New research finds that placebo responses are not on the rise in antidepressant trials—a result that suggests the impact of placebo has been exagerated

Mental Health Care Could Look Really Different Soon (Or Not)

As one state sits on the precipice of funding healthcare in a completely different way, the number of possibilities for change in the way mental health care is delivered are huge.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Break the Stigma

10 Common Warning Signs: Identifying a mental health condition.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-tuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

Music: One of Our Most Profound Creative Achievements

Music evokes an awareness of mystical ‘truths’ that lie beyond the existential reality.

Suicide: Not All in the Head

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in iAge
The reason why suicide is going up is because we are ignoring its social component. A hundred years of research and we need to revisit Durkheim's suicide theory.
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A Profile of Siddhartha Mukherjee

A profile of the Pulitzer Prize winning Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Can Movie-Making Be a Form of the Talking Cure?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Sensoria
Can movie-making be talking therapy?

Imagined Ugliness

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Why We Worry
Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder

A Return of Psychedelic Medications?

Recently, there has been increased interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of addictions and other psychiatric disorders.

Borderline Personality Symptoms Over Time

Recent studies delineate which specific symptoms of BPD are more likely to improve.

How We Became ADHD Nation

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Side Effects
How did we reach the point where one in seven American children is diagnosed with ADHD?

The Chronic Pain of Contraception

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
It is of concern that adolescents in this research seemed more vulnerable to this risk than women 20 to 34 years old; this is a population often more at risk.

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

Protesting Against Big Pharma Is One Thing

The new drugs, on the whole, have been a blessing, and it is unnerving to see the whole psychopharmacological enterprise now trashed in an indiscriminate manner.

Help Your College Student Combat a Major Danger: Depression

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 25, 2016 in College Wellness
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.

Questioning Medical Authority by Accident

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
While I was giving a recovery talk at an eating disorders clinic, one of the patients asked whether I disagreed with her medical treatment plan. I said yes. Should I not have?

10 Things to Know About Déjà Vu

Acceptance of déjà vu has widened in recent decades, and research psychologists are just beginning to understand this phenomenon.