Did Copilot Andreas Lubitz Conceal His Illness?

Many patients with severe, melancholic depression dissimulate and pretend that everything is fine so that family and caregivers will not block their suicidal plans. This danger of dissimulation in severe depression is something that psychiatrists have always known about.

Delirious Mania?

On March 9, on a Monday afternoon in DeKalb County, Georgia, Anthony Hill, a black Air Force veteran in postdeployment from Afghanistan, removed all his clothes, slid down from the balcony of his second-floor apartment, and began walking.

Recent Changes in Sexuality

Women are increasingly comfortable with porn use--as are many others—given that porn viewing has become increasingly prevalent via the web. As a result, not only are women watching more porn, their comfort in so doing creates an increasing willingness to say so in a survey.

Dismantling “Major Depression”

Almost forty years after the publication in 1980 of the epic third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, it is starting to become apparent that psychiatry made a historic mistake in getting rid of its traditional three or four depressive illnesses.

Chronic Fatigue in the Context of the History of Medicine

In the way that lives were once ruined with such toxic diagnoses as ovarian hysteria, lives today are ruined by CFS.

Depression as a Role for Women?

Today, we cluck about depression—and few realize that we are cultivating a culture that systematically invalidates women. If you are “depressed,” you aren’t a whole person. You have a disability, a handicap that disadvantages you vis-à-vis men, who generally are not depressed.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In the world of sex, there is indeed something new under the sun.

The Expansion of the Erotic Imagination

Some people will view these changes with horror. Others will delight in them. But there is no doubt that we are looking at the future.

Do You Have Adolescent Children? I Hope You’re Sitting Down

According to the latest statistics from the US government, in the years 2001-04, on a “lifetime” basis, half (49.5 percent) of all US adolescents aged 13 to 18 have a “mental health disorder.”

Psychiatry Celebrates Its Top-Ten Hits

In the current issue of the journal History of Psychiatry, Mark Micale, who teaches psychiatric history at the University of Illinois and is one of the most important international figures in the field, answers the question, “What have been the ten most important changes in psychiatry since World War II?”

The “Antidepressants” Work for Everything

On Oct 16 an enthusiastic piece was published in the Scientific American on “The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants.” It was simply thrilling, the author noted, that Prozac and its cousins turned out to be effective, not just in depression, but...

Breaking up Schizophrenia?

The road ahead may well be tough. Nature’s easiest secrets were discovered long ago. But we will never get there if we insist on studying schizophrenia as though it were a homogeneous entity.

Young Men Who Attack Soldiers and the Police

That’s the thing about delirious mania: It’s a beast to spot, until the boil bursts and the delirious attack commences. But one marker stands out like a sore thumb: a marginalized loner who converts to Islam. There’s trouble there.

Fifty Shades Puts the Transfer of Power on the Table

Fifty Shades is not just a curious sociological phenomenon to be mused over in academic seminars. With this kind of impact, it is like throwing a hand grenade into the sex garage. What has been the real impact of Fifty Shades on the sexual scene?

The Suicide of Robin Williams

The suicide rate in the US has been increasing, and as we struggle to come to grips with it. The concept of melancholia is now urgently requesting a seat at the banquet – because it’s what many people who commit suicide have.

Are Antidepressants Effective?

With 11 percent of all Americans on them, so much is riding on the effectiveness of the two dozen or so drugs now marketed as “antidepressants.” But are they indeed as effective as they are said to be?

Cracking the Whip

With more than 36 million views since its trailer release on July 24th, Fifty Shades of Grey is clearly a highly anticipated film. So, what makes this steamy new saga so popular? I have an idea. Read on and see if you agree.

Female Bodybuilding as an Antidepressant

Bodybuilding. Women think it will give them big unattractive muscles, difficult to reconcile with ideals of femininity that insist on lithe and slim. But standards are changing, and many young women like the idea of being pumped.

Sad, Worthless, Hopeless?

Do you feel “sadness” all of the time or some of the time? 10.1 percent of the random sample said yes. That’s one in ten people who are sad more or less frequently. In a subway car with a hundred people, ten of them will be sad.

Calling a spade a spade:

So, all the handwringing about what’s wrong with modern society to produce such terrible murderers misses the point. The impulse to commit sudden, unreasoning, furious murder has always existed. Only recently, thanks to the new weaponry, has it become mass murder.

Depression Out of Control!

At one level, this is ridiculous. At another, it is a tragedy. Because all of these youngsters will have developed some sense of psychic fragility as a result of encountering this terrifying psychiatric diagnostic machine that is simply out of control.

An Alarming Increase in Mental Illness?

The evidence of a supposed increase in depression is based on recall studies, and younger people are more likely to recall recent episodes of depression than are older people, thinking back to when they were in their twenties. So it looks like more depression among the twenty-somethings.

The Inability to Cry

The inability to feel anything -- neither sadness nor anything else – is one of the danger signs in melancholic depression. Melancholia is the severe form of depressive illness.

Tossing “Major Depression” Over the Side

Fury is building against DSM and against the American Psychiatric Association for having foisted this compendium of error, blunder and myth onto the field.

Safety and Effectiveness of Convulsive Therapy

Experts say that ECT should be the first-line treatment in patients with serious depression and some of the other conditions that respond to convulsive therapy. The first line therapy. This is big news.

Declining Medical Prestige Hurts Patient Care

In our desire to force doctors to be professional we’ve created a web of inappropriate rules that serves patients ill and poisons the doctor-patient relationship.

The Backlash Against the New DSM-5

There are a lot of reasons why one might consider DSM-5 a dead end. One is its perpetuation of such diagnoses as “schizophrenia” and “bipolar disorder” that do not in fact correspond to natural disease entities.

All Psychotherapies are not Equally Effective

Psychiatry today is overwhelmingly committed to biological models, although there is no drug treatment for bulimia nervosa. Is the swing to biology good?

Children With Special Needs and Hate-filled Neighbors

Discouraging people from ranting further about children with special needs, demoralizing parents and shaming these guiltless children, is everyone’s business.

Autism Speaks

For so many years, the diagnosis of autism has been plagued with uninformed political correctness, its treatment encumbered with well-meaning but ineffective psychotherapies. Parts of the autism community, stealing lessons from the mental retardation activists, insisted that autism wasn’t a medical disease at all but just another “condition” on the band of normal.