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10 Subtle Signs of Psychosis

There are a number of subtle signs that you or a loved one may be mildly psychotic. Read on to find out what to look for.

Goldwater 2016: Are Psychiatrists' Opinions of Trump Rigged?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 25, 2016 in Psych Unseen
5 reasons why psychiatrists and psychologists should heed the “Goldwater Rule”

Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts

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4 Explanations for Déjà Vu

We still don't know that much about déjà vu. Here are 4 possible explanations for this phenomenon.

Mental Illness Is Not a Halloween Costume

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 26, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Mental illness can be scary for those that suffer from it, but we shouldn’t think of those that suffer from it as scary to us.

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Physician Gatekeeper

Many medications can be abused. Prescribing doctors are gatekeepers who separate legitimate use from abuse. However, this distinction is becoming less clear.

Why Do We Tell Boys to "Man Up"?

How does telling your son to "man up" impact him later in life. This is what the research tells us.

No, ADHD Is Exposed by France

A response to Dr. Rettew’s post.

France Is Great, But Their Kids Have ADHD Too

Before packing up the kids and moving the France, take a moment to consider the science about ADHD.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

Music: One of Our Most Profound Creative Achievements

Music evokes an awareness of mystical ‘truths’ that lie beyond the existential reality.

Suicide: Not All in the Head

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in iAge
The reason why suicide is going up is because we are ignoring its social component. A hundred years of research and we need to revisit Durkheim's suicide theory.

Can Movie-Making Be a Form of the Talking Cure?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Sensoria
Can movie-making be talking therapy?

Imagined Ugliness

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Why We Worry
Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder

Borderline Personality Symptoms Over Time

Recent studies delineate which specific symptoms of BPD are more likely to improve.

How We Became ADHD Nation

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Side Effects
How did we reach the point where one in seven American children is diagnosed with ADHD?

The Chronic Pain of Contraception

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
It is of concern that adolescents in this research seemed more vulnerable to this risk than women 20 to 34 years old; this is a population often more at risk.

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

Protesting Against Big Pharma Is One Thing

The new drugs, on the whole, have been a blessing, and it is unnerving to see the whole psychopharmacological enterprise now trashed in an indiscriminate manner.

Questioning Medical Authority by Accident

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
While I was giving a recovery talk at an eating disorders clinic, one of the patients asked whether I disagreed with her medical treatment plan. I said yes. Should I not have?

Can a Dog Really Suffer From Depression?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 21, 2016 in Canine Corner
One of the breakthroughs in veterinary medicine has been the recognition that dogs and humans may have similar psychological problems and can be treated the same way.

Australian Family Suffer Bizarre Shared Delusion

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in It's Catching
From Out of the Shadows: Small Group Panics are Little Studied Events that Continue to make Headlines

Enough Is Enough Series Part 5: ADHD Is Exposed

By Robert Berezin M.D. on September 16, 2016 in The Theater of the Brain
Children must be raised with boundaries and love. To provide the best holding environment for our children has to be our parental imperative. Regarding ADHD, we have lost our way.

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Saving Normal
Protecting profit against patient welfare

Panic: A Workable Approach

By Susan Rako M.D. on September 12, 2016 in More Light
The symptom of panic escalates urgency and creates drama. We can de-escalate and ground our patient into useful therapeutic work with this effective approach.

Chicken Phobias and Other Matters of Concern

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 11, 2016 in Fighting Fear
A contrast between agoraphobia and more specific phobias. A presentation of a question that stumped me during a radio broadcast.

Neuroscience Research Faulted for Widespread Inaccuracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Side Effects
Selective reporting and inflated effect sizes mar even high-impact studies in the neurosciences, according to two weighty new analyses.

The Opportunities of Aging

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 09, 2016 in Finally Out
We can either measure time or we can experience time. I don't know how much time I have left, but I intend to experience it rather than measure it.

Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

How Parents (and Governments) Can Fix the Addiction Problem

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in All About Addiction
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.