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A History of Psychiatry
Mark L. Ruffalo D.Psa., L.C.S.W.
An interview with Allen Frances, chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, on his life, career, and legacy.
The late psychiatrist-psychoanalyst Silvano Arieti offered a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to schizophrenia and its treatment.
Best known for his bestselling 1993 book "Listening to Prozac," Peter D. Kramer, M.D., offers his thoughts on depression, the placebo debate, and his own career.
Pseudologia fantastica is a rare psychiatric syndrome characterized by fantastical lies and intrapsychic motivation.
Mental hospitals in the United States have played a central role in the history of psychiatry.
A new report by the British Psychological Society argues that depression is not a disease, but we've heard this claim before.
A new report suggests that research in biological psychiatry is often misrepresented to the public, leading to popular misconceptions about the nature of mental illness.
Many therapists now seem to proffer in advice-giving, but this isn't psychotherapy.
Dr. David J. Impastato was a world leader in electroconvulsive therapy and the first psychiatrist to administer the treatment in the United States.
Contemporary psychoanalysis is comprised of three dominant paradigms: ego psychology, object relations theory, and self psychology.
Long recognized as the "gold standard" in the treatment of bipolar disorder, there is renewed interest in lithium's short- and long-term use.
Critics of psychiatry often claim that psychiatric diagnosis amounts to nothing more than checking off a list of symptoms. We describe why this is a dangerous myth.
Psychiatric diagnoses are not merely descriptive constructs; they reflect bona fide medical disease.
The psychotherapy office is a sanctified space, yet there is little guidance on its décor. Here, I offer some thoughts on the design of your psychotherapy space.
Despite its lifesaving effects, electroconvulsive therapy has been postponed by some hospitals.
The introduction of Prozac in 1987 represented a landmark event that changed the way we think about depression and the human mind.
While terms like "client" and "consumer" are now in vogue, the fact remains that psychotherapy is a specific method for treating ill patients.
The classic psychiatric concept of melancholia represents a distinct mood disorder. Should it be reincluded as such in future versions of DSM?
Once a high-prestige subspecialty of psychiatry, psychoanalysis was largely abandoned by medicine by the late 1980s.
A brief overview of three of psychiatry's most unusual and fascinating conditions.
As psychiatry seeks to reposition itself as a brain science, the distinction between mental illness and neurological disease must be considered.
Despite recent attempts to synonymize mental illness with brain disease, there will always exist a unique category of disease called mental illness.
These five pharmacological agents forever changed the course of psychiatry.
A 1983 interview seems to contradict the controversial psychiatrist's previously hardline opposition to involuntary treatment.
David Rosenhan's infamous experiment has come under attack, but what did the study actually show?
A list of the iconic figures behind some of psychiatry's most consequential ideas.
Eugen Bleuler, the famed Swiss psychiatrist and originator of the term "schizophrenia," was the first to offer a unified biopsychosocial theory of the disease.
Roughly 20 to 40 percent of depressed patients experience treatment resistance. Modern psychiatry offers multiple options in these difficult-to-treat cases.
While the DSM classifies all unipolar depressions as major depressive disorder, various types of depression have been described in the professional literature.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be distinguished from other forms of therapy on the basis of its approach to freedom.
Mark L. Ruffalo, D.Psa., L.C.S.W., is Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.