The recent tragedy in Oregon has renewed controversy about what autism really is or isn’t. While often well intentioned, this debate is based on shaky scientific ground and may actually be making stigma worse.
Much of the public learned about pro-ana and pro-mia websites from an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show back in 2001. When people go online for information and support about eating disorders, does what they find help or make them worse?
A major new study looks at changes in the rates of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Its combination of both good and bad news will be a challenge to the cherry pickers on both sides of the psychiatry debate.
It’s time for psychiatry to move towards being true physician experts in mental health, not just mental illness. This means going beyond psychotherapy and medications treatment by incorporating validated wellness strategies in the day to day work with patients and families.
This blog is devoted to bringing new, accurate, and readable information about child mental health issues. While many posts will be related to my book Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness, a variety of other topics will be explored including new research findings, public policy issues and practical clinical recommendations. I consider myself to be an extreme moderate on most issues and try to avoid the flashy but usually false allure of more polarized viewpoints. The human brain, after all, is pretty complicated.