Why Do We Misunderstand Depression?

Depression is an illness that reflects the complex relationship between brain biology and life stressors. But coping with it is never as simple as "snapping out of it."

Bergdahl and Moral Injury in War-Related PTSD

Bowe Bergdahl's controversial desertion and return highlights the dilemmas of moral injury and its relationship to PTSD in combat zones.

The Lessons of Time Travel in "Dark" and "Twin Peaks"

Time travel is popular in recent TV shows like Netflix's "Dark" and "Twin Peaks" and reflects our internal anxiety about death and loss and lack of control in our lives.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex condition with a gray middle zone of prognosis that remains poorly understood. Psychosocial supports are crucial to maximum recovery.

Why Are Women So Exhausted?

Women fought hard for the right to pursue multiple roles, but now approach burnout in a country that fails to sufficiently support working mothers.

Another Dark Side of 9/11: Manipulating Trauma for Sympathy

The heartbreak of 9/11 held the nation's sympathy. For a few wayward souls, the temptation of receiving that powerful sympathy was worth lying for.

The Importance of Sleep: The Brain's Laundry Cycle

Evidence shows sleep washes and repairs the brain and maintains our health; as a society we shouldn't neglect the importance of sleep hygiene.

How Do We Handle Religion in Mental Health Settings?

What is the best way to handle a client's religious views if they differ from your own?

The Connection Between Migraines and Psychological Trauma

Migraines may have a neurobiological connection to the same systemic pathways that affect trauma and mood, and can occur more frequently in people with a history of abuse.

The Psychology of Feminist Role Models in BBC's "The Fall"

Detective Stella Gibson in the BBC-Netflix series "The Fall" helps illuminate the tough balancing act careerwomen face in earning credibility

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

Why Do People Follow Tyrants?

A look at why bad leaders still succeed in gaining followers.

How Psychiatry Can Help Physicians Cope with Burnout

Physician stress is built into the nature of the profession, but there are ways to cope.

Narrative Consciousness, Memory, and PTSD in Westworld

The connection between narrative and consciousness provide a model for PTSD in the mind, and shows how narrative-focused therapies can help people take ownership of their trauma

How Pokemon Go Helps Mental Health

There are genuine scientific reasons for Pokemon Go's purported mental health benefits.

Breakthrough Moments in Therapy: A Vignette

Psychotherapy can be as delicate and dangerous as neurosurgery, sifting through psychic pain to find the mass within.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

8 Traits of Toxic Leadership to Avoid

Workplace emotional health depends heavily on leadership. These are 8 bad boss behaviors to watch out for that can lead to stress in the workplace.

How Pharma Influences Prescribing Physicians

As a psychiatrist-in-training and then a young attending in the 2000s, I saw the undue influence drug companies had over our academic field.

Are Celebrity Doctors the Angels of Death?

Celebrity doctors and VIP treatment need to follow the basic ethics of the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm, instead of catering to the whims of their famous clients.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

It's important to understand the patient's reality.

Interview of an OCD Therapist: Dr. Doronn the Ironwoman

The best way to tackle the demons of obsessive-compulsive disorder is to face them head-on.

8 Ways to Recover From a Breakup

Breakups are a common part of human experience, but we still underestimate how devastating they are for people to go through. Here are 8 basic steps towards self-healing.

Are You Dating Your Mom or Dad?

People often don't realize how strongly the relationship to their first love, their parent, affects their future romantic relationships.

3 Ways to Tackle Telephone Phobia

Are you afraid of using the phone to call people? You are not alone. Here are some simple strategies to tackle this not uncommon form of social phobia.

The Psychology of Tipping

Does tipping benefit the American customer more than the service staff receiving them? Is tipping more about control and power than we realize? Should we follow the rest of the world's lead in getting rid of them?

American Narcissism and Mass Shooters

The American Dream of the self-made individual is failing; the easy way to get narcissistic fame and attention has become turning to mass shooting. How do we get rid of this toxic phenomenon?

Anger's Allure: Are You Addicted to Anger?

Anger is becoming an epidemic; it's worth exploring the biological and psychological reasons why anger can become addictive for people, and alternatives to kick the habit.

6 Things You Can Say to Support Someone Who's Depressed

How can well-meaning people provide support to someone with depression, aside from avoiding tendencies towards judgment? How can one head towards greater understanding and connect with someone who is suffering?

5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone Who's Depressed

Depression isn’t a matter of moral failure or lack of willpower. Avoid these comments when talking to people going through a depressive episode: