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

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. Research psychologists are just beginning to understand this phenomenon.

Can a Dog Really Suffer From Depression?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 21, 2016 in Canine Corner
One of the breakthroughs in veterinary medicine has been the recognition that dogs and humans may have similar psychological problems and can be treated the same way.

Australian Family Suffer Bizarre Shared Delusion

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in It's Catching
From Out of the Shadows: Small Group Panics are Little Studied Events that Continue to make Headlines

The Cutting Edge of Gut Health and Disease

By Emily Deans M.D. on September 18, 2016 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
What is the state of the science on gut health and disease? World experts shared their latest findings on the microbiota at a recent symposium at Harvard Medical School.

The Mothers of Mankind

Proposed self-domestication of our species raises the issue of who the domesticators were. Insights of the imprinted brain theory argue they were ancestral mothers.

Enough Is Enough Series Part 5: ADHD Is Exposed

By Robert Berezin M.D. on September 16, 2016 in The Theater of the Brain
Children must be raised with boundaries and love. To provide the best holding environment for our children has to be our parental imperative. Regarding ADHD, we have lost our way.

How Scientists, Too, Can Be Stubborn and Wrong

Ever been troubled by a reversal in scientific opinion? Psychological biases may be part of the problem.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

How the Immune System Influences Suicidality

Many biological and environmental factors contribute to suicidal behaviors. Factors that stimulate the brain’s immune responses may increase the risk of suicide.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Saving Normal
Protecting profit against patient welfare

Panic: A Workable Approach

By Susan Rako M.D. on September 12, 2016 in More Light
The symptom of panic escalates urgency and creates drama. We can de-escalate and ground our patient into useful therapeutic work with this effective approach.

Chicken Phobias and Other Matters of Concern

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 11, 2016 in Fighting Fear
A contrast between agoraphobia and more specific phobias. A presentation of a question that stumped me during a radio broadcast.

Neuroscience Research Faulted for Widespread Inaccuracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Side Effects
Selective reporting and inflated effect sizes mar even high-impact studies in the neurosciences, according to two weighty new analyses.

The Opportunities of Aging

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 09, 2016 in Finally Out
We can either measure time or we can experience time. I don't know how much time I have left, but I intend to experience it rather than measure it.

Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

How Parents (and Governments) Can Fix the Addiction Problem

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in All About Addiction
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.

4 Disorders That Resemble Depression, But Aren't

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of people, but because four conditions mimic the disorder, seeking a blood test for an accurate diagnosis is vital.

The Story Behind Psychology’s Most Famous Brain

The most famous brain studied by science is that of Patient H.M. This compelling new book by Luke Dittrich tells a story that anyone interested in psychology needs to read.

Deconstructing the Neurobiology of Resilience

By Christopher Bergland on September 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
How well do you adapt to stress? A new review deconstructs the underpinnings of resilience and offers clues for ways to make your brain more resilient to distress.

Equine Tourette’s Syndrome

By Nicholas Dodman on September 04, 2016 in Dog Days
Can horses have Tourette's Sydrome? This author belives they can.

Schizophrenics as Hyper-domesticated Humans

As predicted by the diametric model of mental illness, if autistics are hypo-domesticated, schizophrenics are hyper-domesticated.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

The Real Narrative of Life

Every story is unique. But the path always leads back to one’s Authentic Being. Love is the sustenance, and authenticity is the fountain of our aliveness.

Is the DSM Clinically Useful?

Psychiatry's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" serves many functions. Surprisingly, the routine practice of clinical psychiatry isn't one of them.

Hillary’s New Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Hillary Clinton released a comprehensive agenda to deal with expanding mental health problems in the United States

Nature Therapy

Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.