Essential Reads

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends?

If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?

The Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill, Part Two

What circumstances can lead to acts of violence by people who are mentally ill, and how do we address this public health crisis?

Quarks, Quasars and the Mind: Stranger Than We Suppose

Any account of the mind that conveniently dovetails with our common sense should be met with skepticism.

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Dora Calott Wang

What's Up with Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is as malignant as cancer, says Robert Post.

Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness

Former NIMH Head with remarkable admission: $20 billion in taxpayer dollars fails to move the needle on mental illness.

Medication For Life

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 20, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Media Spotlight
According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (twelve percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013.

Couples Therapy: 15 Essentials That the Best Therapists Do

If you are a therapist, to what extent do you follow these guidelines? If you are choosing a therapist, or evaluating whether to stay with one you've been with, here's help.

Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome: Subclinical Version

Can cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome be inherited? Do subtle versions live among us?
Charles C. Thomas

The Impact of Mentors

A new collection of important papers reminds us of past work in criminal psychology, as well as the importance of mentors.

Gender and Mental Health: Do Men Matter Too?

A recent report set out to assess gender inequality and mental health, but was this another wasted opportunity to discuss issues affecting men?

Talking to the Doctor’s Family

Aren't sure if your suicide risk assessment meets the standard of care? Talk to the family.

Preventing Cyberbullying Among Children and Adolescents

Cyberbullying is linked to increased problems in youth such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and decreased performance in school. How can it be addressed?

Pregnancy Causes Changes in Brain Structure

Specific brain regions change in volume when a woman becomes pregnant. These areas are associated with skills that may help a mother better understand the needs of her baby.

The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 08, 2017 in Political Minds
A small but clever group created a legit-sounding name and spread false reports with the potential to harm LGBT youth.

Rats! Sometimes Psychiatrists Get It Wrong

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be in a locked psychiatric inpatient unit. This is a short story about a man who saw rats, and no one believed him.

Are All Therapies Equally Effective?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Think Well
It's increasingly believed, especially in academia, that all psychological therapies are basically equivalent. Here's why that's an absurd notion, and two other therapy myths.

Don't Let Them Suffer Alone

Can psychotherapy help women in a low-income, Muslim-majority country? The women think so.

Voyage to Kazohinia: A Diametric Dystopia

Sándor Szathmári’s satirical novel, Voyage to Kazohinia, is based on an implicit insight into the diametric model of mental illness.

Psychodynamically Informed Clinical Work

A psychodynamic perspective can enhance and individualize non-analytic treatment — even "med checks."

Portrayal of Mental Illness on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has sparked debate about depression and suicide prevention.

Six Elements of All “Talking Cures”

Talk therapies are all so different, right? Wrong.

What Price Wisdom?

This is a fair enough question to ask nowadays, given the apparent lack of wisdom in both the statements made and the policies followed by so many of the world’s leaders.

Should Psychologists Be Allowed to Prescribe Medication?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on May 02, 2017 in So Sue Me
A new trend has emerged in the controversial RxP battle.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Highlighting some new mental health research in honor of mental health awareness month...

Marijuana: The Newest Invasive Species

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
As if cell phones and one-more-Corona were not enough to keep those of us who do value our lives off the highways, now we all must contend with a large population driving stoned.

Scans Reveal Diametric Differences in More Detail

A followup study to a previous one that showed striking diametric differences between autistic and psychotic brains also reveals similarities in the so-called social brain.

Mad in America—Let Me Count the Ways

Can we de-medicalize misery and suffering? Many are trying, including award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

Time for a Better Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatments

Alzheimer’s can be prevented and mild cognitive impairment can be reversed by addressing these factors in at-risk individuals. Science has moved past the “one-pill-for-every-ill”.

Treating Depression by Training Your Amygdala

A recent study indicates that increasing activity in the amygdala during positive memory retrieval can have a strong antidepressant effect in depressed individuals.

Physician Health 101

It is estimated that a doctor a day dies by suicide in the United States. There is a lot we can do to fight this.