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Roadblocks in the Search for Answers

Discussions about the link between gun violence and mental illness often fall prey to a few logical fallacies. A more informed debate promises better outcomes for all of us.
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Mental Illness Didn't Make Him Do It

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, tragedy, it's natural to search for answers. Mental illness isn't one of them.
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Three Tips on Mindfulness from a Buddhist Psychiatrist

Mark Epstein has long been interested in bridging psychology and Buddhism. His latest book offers wisdom for both mindfulness beginners and seasoned practitioners.
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Does Every Silence Need To Be Filled?

Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to say? Winnicott describes how sitting together in the absence of words can speak volumes.
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Conversion 'Therapy' Isn't Therapy At All

Conversion therapy is widely discredited, yet new data suggests 698,000 LGBTQ adults have underwent the practice. It is time to ban it nationwide.
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What a French Psychoanalyst Can Teach Us About Trauma

I wasn't sure how to help my client Robert, a trauma survivor with a complex delusional system, until I found help in an unlikely source: the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
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The African Prince in Exile

Robert appeared in my clinic for the trauma of being kidnapped at birth and robbed of his birthright as an African prince. How could I untangle the trauma from his delusions?