When the 'Brain Disease' Model is Bad Medicine

In a paper from The Behavior Therapist, two psychologists argue that portraying mental disorders as biological diseases can hinder recovery by making patients feel less in-control.

Antidepressants in Nepal

Marketing shows up in the darndest places.

Live-Blogging the APA: Better Aging Through Telomerase

I am attending the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 annual meeting in San Francicso, CA, and writing something about it each day. In this installment, how a unique DNA region responds to stress, keeping you young (or aging you too fast). Also: the street drug ketamine as a treatment for depression.

Live-Blogging the 2013 APA Annual Meeting: Sunday

For the next few days, I'll be blogging what I see and learn at the 2013 American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. In this installment, an expert's advice on lessening your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and a conversation about changes to the diagnostic criteria for depression in DSM-5.

"A Funny Film About Depression"

A Kickstarter project to fund a darkly humorous animated film for grown-ups about depression, women, family, and Eastern European history.

Why Psychotherapy's Biggest Problem Isn't Its Image

Psychotherapy doesn't have an image problem; it has a financial problem. A response to Lori Gottlieb's New York Times Magazine article, "What Brand Is Your Therapist?"

Rethinking Stigma

In the conversation about depression, the word "stigma" comes up again and again. The more that people can understand mental disorder as a biological phenomenon, the argument goes, the less people with depression they will suffer from stigma. The problem is that this reasoning may be completely wrong.

Can a Blood Test Detect Depression? It Depends

Psychiatrists have sought a physical test for mental disorder for decades. Are we there yet?

Hello, World

Over the coming months, I'm going to be writing about psychiatric medication, particularly as it relates to young people. But before we get down to business, let me introduce myself.