Not "Depression": Manic-Depression and Robin Williams

Robin Williams' suicide wasn't about "depression."

A Life Lost

A suicide, a daily tragedy, a mother's efforts, a system's failure, a culture's complicity.

Adolescent Suicide: Are Amphetamines Involved?

Why have there been three suicides in recent months in Newton, Massachusetts, a town with one of the highest per capita rate of mental health professionals?

Banning Childhood Bipolar Illness

The anti-childhood bipolar ideology is alive and well throughout the world. A report from England.

Before Dallas and After

On the anniversary of President John Kennedy's assassination, we might reflect on Martin Luther King's reaction and what the loss of both men mean to us today.

How the World Series Imitates Life

The Red Sox won the World Series, amid an emotional connection to the year's Marathon bombings in Boston. Life and sports sometimes intersect, as I learned from an old friend after the 2004 World Series.

Death by DSM Part II

Is an "adjustment disorder" a legitimate reason to be not guilty of a crime?

Ambition: To Hit the Mark, Aim a Little Higher

Does ambition bring happiness?

The Psychological Fallacy

Critics make fun of psychiatry for making diagnoses when symptoms are "obviously" due to life events, to stresses in life. This obviousness is based on common sense, which is always wrong as soon as a person crosses the threshold of a mental health clinician's office. The biggest fallacy of psychology/psychiatry is the psychological fallacy.

Existential Psychopharmacology: A Tribute to Dr Jacob Katzow

The greatest psychiatrists know how to prescribe medications humanely. Here was a master.

NIMH: A Requiem for DSM - and its Critics

The NIMH has asserted clearly that DSM is scientifically invalid. Finally, the "pragmatic" cynics about science who have led DSM editions are being challenged, as are the anti-biology critics of psychiatry. It is the beginning of the end of two generations of futility in psychiatric progress.

A Puerto Rican friendship: Gustavo Corretjer

Remembering a teacher who complained about how little we could learn.

Opining on Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Is bipolar disorder overdiagnosed in kids if we go from never diagnosing it to hardly ever diagnosing it?

Hating bipolar meds: The illness persists

Some bipolar meds are quite useful; others are harmful. Let's use science to make these judgments; wishing doesn't make illness go away.

Your Child Is Not Bipolar, But Your Adolescent Is

Your child isnt bipolar until he experiences puberty, critics say. But puberty isnt the sole cause of mania.

The DSM Debate: Trotsky Was as Wrong as Stalin

A lot of "pragmatism" is no better than a bunch of it.

Bipolar Bad, Ritalin Good

Hating bipolar disorder and loving Ritalin doesn't make sense scientifically.

Eugene Taylor in Memoriam: The Karma of William James

Eugene Taylor was a psychologist who tried, among other things, to teach us the wisdom of William James. In fact, he was, symbolically at least, William James. Or maybe more than symbolically.

The Pseudoscience of Denying Childhood Bipolar Illness

Why science is ignored in claiming that childhood bipolar disorder does not exist.

DSM-5: If You Don't Like the Effects, Look at the Causes

DSM-5 has problems, which are the same as DSM-IV.

Baseball's Hall of Fame: Psychiatric Advice

Should steroid abuse keep baseball players from being voted into the Hall of Fame?

Mass Murder & Involuntary Treatment: An Emerging Awareness?

The Connecticut attacks have produced apparent consensus on gun control and more attention to mental illnesses. Some are beginning to realize that a broken mental health system needs fixing, not just money, and part of fixing that system is changing the laws to allow for involuntary community treatment of cases of severe, dangerous mental illnesses.

Suicide by Homicide: Accepting the Reality of Mental Illness

How can we prevent such tragedies? Besides gun control, let's start taking mental illness seriously, not denying it as social fiction, and institute more outpatient involuntary treatment laws. Civil libertarians and radical critics of psychiatry will hate it. But innocent lives matter more.

An Australian Fad: Ignoring Childhood Bipolar Disorder

In America, a psychiatric diagnosis is a fad. In Australia, it's true. That's what we are told in these posts. But cultural claims about the causes for diagnoses are doubtful. Let's look at the science instead.

Misdiagnosed? Bipolar Disorder Remains Ignored

Diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder has seen a 40-fold increase. Overdiagnosis, all exclaim, wrongly.

Childhood Bipolar: An America Fad, in 1845 Paris

If childhood bipolar disorder is an American phenomenon, then Paris must be a little town in Kansas.

Depression in Children: Proof of Bipolar Disorder

Some say bipolar disorder NEVER happens in children. What about depression? Does that never happen either? If so, then bipolar disorder happens too.

Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Erasing Myths

Recent blog posts on PT have attacked the concept of childhood bipolar disorder. I think it is important to give readers a different viewpoint from what seems to be the groupthink perspective of today.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Massachusetts Vote

On Tuesday, Massachusetts will vote on physician-assisted suicide; how it goes will have a major national impact.

My State: The State Romney Will Not Name

Why won't Romney name "his state"?

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