Essential Reads

The Healing Waters

The long history of using water to cure madness

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The strange battle over what's psychiatric versus neurological.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

Research reveals some unnerving links, and suggests some explanations.

An Open Letter to the President from a Forensic Psychologist

Reflections on our mass shooting epidemic.

Recent Posts on Psychiatry

The Healing Waters

Nothing like a good shower.

Does a Western Diet Shrink the Brain?

A healthy diet makes for a healthy brain, while a poor diet might actually be killing off neurons, leading to brain shrinkage and a greater risk of depression and dementia.

Dealing With the Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications

Unfortunately, some patients experience side effects before seeing relief on new medications. Here we explore five strategies for dealing with them.

Top Psychiatrist's Stunning Announcement About Gun Violence

American Psychiatric Association speaks the truth about gun violence and mental illness, but politicians ignore her.

Medications and Weight Gain: We Need Support

Have you gained weight from taking medications for bipolar disorder? Are you getting support or feeling stigmatized?

One Potential Cause of Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a serious disorder that can be treated effectively. A recent study demonstrates that about 4% of persons with postpartum psychosis may have an illness known as autoimmune encephalitis.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The recent tragedy in Oregon has renewed controversy about what autism really is or isn’t. While often well intentioned, this debate is based on shaky scientific ground and may actually be making stigma worse.

Senile Squalor and Hoarding

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 In Excess
Diogenes Syndrome (DS) that is sometimes referred to as ‘senile squalor syndrome’ (as it typically occurs in elderly individuals). Hoarding is often a consequence of having DS, and those with DS often live on their own in severe domestic squalor and unsanitary conditions. But what else is known about this rare syndrome?

Schizophrenia and Its Treatment

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 07, 2015 Hide and Seek
What does the future hold?

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

Despite debunking the myth of astrology, however, scientists have found that a person’s projected health can be linked to his or her birthday. The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their future profession.

The Marketing of an Antipsychotic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Side Effects
Ghostwriters, massaged data, tiny print, and children’s toys—all part of Big Pharma's arsenal of "defeat devices," outlined in Steven Brill's book, America's Most Admired Lawbreaker.

God, the Future, and Our Brain

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on October 04, 2015 The I-M Approach
As we evolved, humans developed an ability to anticipate the consequences of our actions. This critical part of our survival brought with it an unexpected consequence: when we think about the future, we may think about our mortality. This fear may have contributed to our conception of a powerful entity to protect us after our bodies no longer can.

An Open Letter to the President from a Forensic Psychologist

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 Evil Deeds
Dear Mr. President....As a forensic psychologist and an American, I empathize with your profound frustration, pain, sadness, disgust and anger regarding the most recent mass shooting on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon this week.

The Psychology of Guns

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 04, 2015 Psych Unseen
If meaningful gun reform is to ever occur, legislation much acknowledge the beliefs of the Americans who own guns.

Inside The Mind of the Mass Killer

Knoll wonders if the true solution to mass murder might involve a three pronged approach - better media responsibility over reporting these incidents, tighter gun regulation and improved mental health services.

How Popcorn and Toys were used to Sell Kids Drugs Illegally

The series of articles is a stark wake-up call to any parent who is thinking about drugging their child for behavioral problems.

The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 30, 2015 The Aftermath of Trauma
Last week, I interviewd Dr. Charles Marmar about the implications of his National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) and about his 40 year career as a PTSD researcher. Here is the second half of our interview.

Antidepressants and Violence: A Link in Search of a Cause

A controversial study links higher youth crime rates with antidepressant use. Before making broad conclusions, however, it’s worth reading the fine print.

The Tipping Point and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Shadow Boxing
What's it like to befriend a serial killer? Martha Elliott offers her no-holds-barred account.

Fear the Walking Dead: Can Brain Parasites Make Us Zombies?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 28, 2015 Psych Unseen
Can brain infections really turn us into zombies? Research with the human brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii suggests that yes, maybe they can.

Is This the Kind of Country We Want to Be?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 28, 2015 Saving Normal
"Fraud, Theft, Waste and Private Profits: The Fate of Money Intended to Treat People With Serious Mental Illness” is an shocking report exposing a disastrous misallocation of resources that leads to shameful neglect, avoidable imprisonment, and massive homelessness.

The Pope Would Like H.R. 2646

Whether Pope Francis’ visit is a pastoral one or a political one, his messages of inclusiveness and humanity must be heeded. It’s long past time to demand that our federal legislators pay attention to the needs of citizens with serious mental illness.

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

A little bit of education can go a long way.

“God” in a Pill?

An underlying fantasy of those who rely on psychiatric medication—in isolation—without meaningful psychosocial therapies. And—if “God is in the pill,” then the devil must be in the side effects!

The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 23, 2015 The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke to Dr. Marmar about the implications of the NVVLS study and about his 40 year career as a PTSD researcher.

Mad Genius: Schizophrenia and Creativity

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 23, 2015 Hide and Seek
What, if anything, is the link between psychosis and creativity?

The Finger Trap Mystery: Part 2

Why does moving into trouble get you out of it?

Thomas Insel Leaves NIMH for Google

At NIMH, Insel brought in a big new program, Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), to investigate the biological underpinnings of psychiatric illness. This was very progressive: moving the field off the dead center of psychotherapy (where the Freudian hand still lay heavy when Insel took over in 2002), and shifting laterally towards science and away from psychopharmacology...

Beyond the Picky Eater

New research suggests that young children with more severe levels of selective eating may struggle with broader hypersensitivities and may be at risk for certain psychiatric diagnoses.