Essential Reads

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron influences brain maturation and deficiency may play a role in ADHD.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Are School Shooters Running Amok?

Killing sprees in American schools and SE Asia share common features.

Creativity and Psychiatric Illnesses

Creativity, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder may share genes.

Recent Posts on Psychiatry

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

The Voice of Science to Houston Control

A psychiatric patient who throws a tray table has committed a criminal offense and may be the object of “lethal force.” Any concept that the symptoms of psychiatric patients may involve aggression and agitation – and should be the object of medical not police attention -- has been lost here.

Why Meds Are Not a One Stop Cure for Anxiety and Depression

Have you seen all the drug commercials lately? The rise in prescriptions for anxiety and depression in America, along with increasing lifestyle illness begs our individual and collective attention and action.

'Altered Minds' Brings Modern Crises to the Big Screen

Michael Weschler’s newest film, Altered Minds, provides an over-the-top glimpse into family dynamics gone awry. One reason that family dynamics and resultant mental health issues can be so messed up these days pertains to evolutionary mismatch. Here’s how.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

What To Do for Those Truly Depressed Kids?

Psychiatry, as a field, has forgotten so much. But it’s the kids who are now paying a price for this.

A Gourmand’s Guide to the Passionate Life

Making sense of the emotions with psychiatrist, writer, and drink-maker Neel Burton in his Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions (Acheron Press: 2015)

Dis(mis)sing Mental Illness

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Shadow Boxing
A lethal spree, fueled by mental illness, remains a controversial case in the legal system.

Illusions and "Troubled Senses" of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have a disturbing preoccupation with what they perceive as defects in their appearance—defects hardly noticeable to others. The disorder has been called the “distress of imagined ugliness.” Were Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray and Freud's Wolf-Man suffering from BDD?

Are School Shooters Running Amok?

School shootings in the U.S. are similar in many ways to a SE Asian variety of sudden mass assault called “amok.” Does it make sense to think of American-style school shootings as a culture-bound syndrome?

Creativity and Psychiatric Illnesses

Small effects of many genes may increase the risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Some of these same genes may also contribute to creativity. Increased creativity may be helpful in terms of human evolution.

Psychiatry’s Med Check: Is 15 Minutes Enough?

Goodbye 50 minute therapy visits, the new mode of treatment by psychiatrists are short medication-focused appointments. Here are some ideas to work with and hopefully change the status quo.

Creative Psychiatric Revolutions: A History

Psychiatry is one of the most challenging fields in medicine. It has evolved through a series of creative developments, beginning with overcoming beliefs in demonic possession and the removal of chains from the hospitalized to current medicinal, psychotherapeutic and social treatments.

Why Are So Many American Youth Abusing Adderall?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 08, 2015 Saving Normal
ADHD meds are the most dangerous legal drugs among young people in college and high school.

Being a Sedulous Ape: Good or Bad?

Learning by example, when intentional and directed, underlies true learning that is enduring and meaningful. This short piece is a “how to” discussing motivation and skill development.

4 Myths About Schizophrenia

Contrary to their portrayal in some media, individuals with schizophrenia are able to live relatively normal lives. As it turns out, myths — not facts — heavily influence how people view schizophrenia. Here are only a few of the commonly believed myths about the mental health disorder.

French Kids DO Have ADHD

By Katherine Ellison on November 04, 2015 Pay Attention
An Internet myth lives on—compounding ADHD stigma

Less Medication, More Talk Therapy

The U.S. is lagging way behind other nations in its treatment of the mentally ill.

A Mother’s Nightmare

Read about H.R. 2646 a bill working through its way through Congress, introduced by Tim Murphy, Ph.D., the only psychologist in Congress, that aims to provide real solutions for America’s broken mental health system.

How Common Is Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 03, 2015 Hide and Seek
Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

Why Psychiatry Is Behind Other Medicine

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 01, 2015 Open Gently
Neuroscience is too young to match most symptoms to brain mechanisms.

Beware the Diagnosis

Sometimes the diagnostic label obscures what the patient really needs to better live her life.

Moving From the Biopsychosocial Model to the ToK System

This blog explains how the ToK System advances the standard biopsychosocial conception.

The Biopsychosocial Model and Its Limitations

Although a "biopsychosocial" view is prominent in psychiatry and medicine, critics argue it is limited, especially because it is "fuzzy" and so inclusive as to being meaningless.

Dracula on the Couch: The Psychiatry of Vampires

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 29, 2015 Psych Unseen
A psychiatric view of vampirism over the past 50 years

Strategies to Handle a Drama Queeen

By Judith Orloff M.D. on October 26, 2015 Emotional Freedom
The rollercoaster antics of a drama queen can put you on overload, and wipe you out. Learn how to protect your energy from this energy vampire.

Libido Lane

For whatever reason, actors have been famously attracted to therapy ever since there was such a thing, but probably not more so than a half-century or so ago in the United States. Celebrities back east may have gravitated to psychoanalysis as a way to deal with their demons but Hollywood folks considered it a virtual necessity.