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Mental health and what is normal.
Allen J Frances M.D.
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.
We shouldn't neglect the bedside art of medicine as we become enamored by its laboratory science.
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.
It is time to get back to the original intent of Mother's Day: a loving tribute to all mothers, especially those who are grieving the loss of a child.
There is no worse place to have a severe mental illness than the United States. A new book explains why and offers solutions.
On our democracy and our societal sanity
We must challenge Trump on his outrageous behaviors and constant lies, not on his motivations and mental status.
I wrote the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Trump doesn't meet them.
How America became a "shop until you drop" culture.
Scientists claim they are close to discovering the fountain of youth and doubling human lifespan.
Trump's goofy appointments to top government positions end any hope his wild impulses will be contained by cooler heads.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"
Medication is a last resort for Type 2 diabetes and the older meds are better than the newer ones.
The DEA should stop over-reacting to the relatively small safety risks of Kratom and pot and stop under-reacting to the daily tragedies caused by the opioid epidemic.
Accurate diagnosis in kids is tough and time consuming. Misdiagnosis in kids is easy and fast- but the harms can last a lifetime.
Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.
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.
The main motivation in creating new drugs is to generate profits. New expensive drugs are often worse than old cheap ones.
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.
Protecting profit against patient welfare
Diet pills and products aren't safe and don't work. Exercise, healthy diet and policy changes are the only solutions.
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 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.
Democracy is a precious, but historically infrequent and perilously fragile method of governance. Trump Threatens it and must be stopped.
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.
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.
Although Trump has an outsized personality, he doesn't have the distress or impairment required for Personality Disorder. Trump causes both in others.
Great new report documents the terrible shortage in US funding for mental health and that we are criminalizing the severely ill.
Allen Frances, M.D., was the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and is currently a professor emeritus at Duke.