The Wisdom of “Bull Durham”

The return of baseball season brings reminders of an astonishing movie with lessons that reach far beyond the ballfield.

Are Cats Making Some People Aggressive?

A new study find evidence that the common cat parasite toxoplasma gondii is present at higher rates in very aggressive people.

Supporting Transgender Children

Beyond conversion therapy and news headlines: How do we best to respond to gender nonconforming kids?

Saving Lives at Suicide Hotspots

Many iconic landmarks are also suicide hotspots. Do on-site prevention efforts really work or do they just spoil the view and lead people to go elsewhere. A new study weighs in.

The Surprising First Step in Effective Child Discipline

Programs to help parents overcome child defiance don't usually start with star charts or time-outs but rather the surprisingly simple but tricky skill of paying attention.

Does Marijuana Cause Psychosis?

The possible link between cannabis and psychosis is a hotly debated topic as states consider legalizing marijuana. What does the scientific evidence to date say?

Psychiatric Vs. Neurological: Can the Brain Tell?

As discussion continues about the real or artificial boundaries between neurological and psychiatric disorders, a curious new study uses brain scans to help sort it all out.

Psychiatry’s Med Check: Is 15 Minutes Enough?

Goodbye 50 minute therapy visits, the new mode of treatment by psychiatrists are short medication-focused appointments. Here are some ideas to work with and hopefully change the status quo.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

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.

Antidepressants and Violence: A Link in Search of a Cause

A controversial study links higher youth crime rates with antidepressant use. Before making broad conclusions, however, it’s worth reading the fine print.

Beyond the Picky Eater

New research suggests that young children with more severe levels of selective eating may struggle with broader hypersensitivities and may be at risk for certain psychiatric diagnoses.

Autism Diagnoses are Rising, but Why?

The reasons behind the increased number of children diagnosed with autism remains a mystery. Some new data, however, suggests that these kids were simply diagnosed as something else in the past.

Eating Disorders Online: Support or Triggers?

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?

Trends in Youth Psychiatric Treatment: The Plot Thickens

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.

Positive Psychiatry: The Next Chapter for an Evolving Field

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.

ADHD as a Continuum, Inside and Out

Some call ADHD a true brain disease while others call it pure nonsense. New evidence supporting the idea of ADHD as an extreme of normal trait variation demonstrates how everyone might be wrong.

Using Time-Outs: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Time-outs do not cause brain damage and are an effective strategy to reduce negative behavior in children. However, they can easily be used in less than optimal ways. Keeping in mind these 5 common errors can help parents get the most out of this valuable technique.

Parental Warmth: Simple, Powerful, and Often Challenging

Amidst all the chatter about parenting styles and techniques, it is easy to forget about the importance of warmth. This overlooked dimension is found to be critical to child development in study after study, so why don’t we give it the attention it deserves?

The Backlash Against Psychiatric Diagnoses

Only in mental health does there exist the idea that we should avoid diagnostic terms if the cause of the suffering is great. This well-intentioned but misguided effort only alienates people further.

Is ADHD Genetically Influenced? Yes!

The evidence that ADHD behaviors have at least some genetic influence is absolutely overwhelming. Distorting and cherry picking research is not the way to advance good discussion on important topics.

How Youth Wind Up Taking Antipsychotic Medications

Yes, the number of kids taking antipsychotic medications is rising, but what does that mean? A new study begins to illuminate the process being the prescriptions.

ADHD Medication Linked to Fewer ER Visits

A new study of 17,000 kids in Hong Kong finds a reduction of ER visits during periods when children with ADHD are taking medication.

Treating Parents Helps Kids

There is mounting evidence that mental health problems can run in families and that treating parents can improve child behavior. Putting this knowledge into practice, however, has been slow.

Is There a Single Dimension of Mental Illness?

A new study finds evidence for a “p factor” that cuts across a wide number of different psychiatric diagnoses.

Musical Training Linked to Youth Brain Maturation

The arts may have the strongest positive benefits for people who are not the most innately talented. A new study coming from a new model of child psychiatry demonstrates the link between music and brain development.

ADHD as a Brain Maturation Delay?

Scientists applying a new wave of brain scan technology find ADHD-related differences in how functional brain networks mature

Preventing Psychiatric Disorders and Crime

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were specific interventions that could actually prevent emerging psychiatric disorders and criminal behavior? A new study that followed children for 20 years shows the potential, and the challenges, of one major prevention effort.

Omega-3s May Reduce Child Aggression

A new study randomized controlled study suggests that fish oil may improve child behavior problems such as aggression, particularly if the parents’ behavior also changes.

Effects of Trauma Do not Require Specific Memories

A new study shows that trauma affects behavior and the brain even in the absence of declarative memory. What the study doesn’t say is also important.

The Sunshine Act and What It Means to You

The public now has the ability to see specific payments made by pharmaceutical companies to individual physicians. The question now is what to do with that information.

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