Man's Fate

Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.

Connecting Dots Between The Opioid Epidemic and Philanthropy

The Sackler family earned a fortune promoting the opioid epidemic and should devote their philanthropy to helping the millions of Americans who have been harmed by it.

New Drugs Aren't Always Good For Patients

The main motivation in creating new drugs is to generate profits. New expensive drugs are often worse than old cheap ones.

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd Leading Cause of Death

These six practical suggestions to reduce medical errors would do a great deal more to save lives than any medical breakthrough we can envision in the coming decades.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

Protecting profit against patient welfare

Weight Loss Pills And Products Don't Work And Aren't Safe

Diet pills and products aren't safe and don't work. Exercise, healthy diet and policy changes are the only solutions.

DSM-5 Made a Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

By eliminating "Substance Abuse," DSM-5 confounds the very different treatment, course, and prognosis of the typical college binge-drinker and a down-and-out end-stage addict.

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous to Go to a Hospital

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospitals compete for patients by trying to be the fanciest hotel—not the safest and best place to get care.

Beating Back Trump's Threat to US Democracy

Democracy is a precious, but historically infrequent and perilously fragile method of governance. Trump Threatens it and must be stopped.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

The benzos are dangerously seductive – easy and pleasant to start, but frequently addictive and almost impossible to stop. They do little good and cause much harm.

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Although Trump has an outsized personality, he doesn't have the distress or impairment required for Personality Disorder. Trump causes both in others.

US Mental Health Care Goes from the Worst To Even Worse

Great new report documents the terrible shortage in US funding for mental health and that we are criminalizing the severely ill.

Religious Freedom Shouldn't Trump Other Civil Rights

Religious freedom is an important right, but isn't absolute when it violates the rights and dignity of others or the legitimate interests of public policy.

ADHD Is Overdiagnosed, Here's Proof

Being the youngest kid in the class puts you at great risk for inappropriate ADHD diagnosis and treatment. We should let kids outgrow immaturity, not treat it with a pill.

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

The potential list of behavioral addictions can conceivably expand to include almost every area of activity that people feel passionate about.

Antidepressants Work, But Only For Really Depressed People

People who don't really need antidepressant are taking far too many, while those who desperately do need them are not getting nearly enough.

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

The genetics revolution is one of mankind's greatest intellectual achievements- but so far has contributed nothing to patient care and the ridiculous complexity of brain function.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

The father of the ADHD diagnosis, Keith Conners, thinks that the adult ADHD epidemic needs to be stopped before it causes even more damage.

Keith Connors, Father of ADHD, Regrets Its Current Misuse

The father of ADHD sorrows over its current, harmful over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Let's hope his cautions mark a turning point ending this worldwide fad.

Saving Psychotherapy From The Medication Takeover

NIMH has made empty promises of future neuroscience breakthroughs, but neglects its responsibility to fund psychotherapy research to improve mental health in the present.

Can DSM-5 Correct Its Mistakes?

DSM-5 includes many mistakes that create real world harmful consequences. Having lost confidence in the DSM-5 self correction process, I suggest two ways to improve it.

Psychiatry And Antipsychiatry

The tense battle between Psychiatry and Antipsychiatry makes no sense and distracts from the joint advocacy needed to end the shameful neglect of our most vulnerable citizens.

Setting the Record Straight on Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are neither all good or all bad—lifesaving for some, harmful for others. It is incorrect to generalize from any one person's lived experience to everyone else.

Do Antipsychotics Help or Harm Psychotic Symptoms?

To continue or discontinue antipsychotic treatment can be the most important decision in a person's life. This piece summarizes two opposing views on the risks and benefits.

We Have Too Many Specialists & Too Few General Practitioners

The doctor/patient relationship has lost its healing power because doctors spend too much time doing procedures and too little time talking to patients.

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good Or All Bad

Psychiatric meds that are very helpful for clear cut psychiatric disorders usually do more harm than good when used for the everyday difficulties that life throws at us.

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer

Bob Spitzer, who recently died at age 83, was the most influential psychiatrist of his time and a pioneer in normalizing homosexuality.