Essential Reads

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Autistics as Undomesticated Humans

To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.

Why We Should Stop Avoiding the Word "Patient" in Psychiatry

Calling psychiatric patients "consumer" and "client" is misguided.

Pet Loss Grief

Losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a human member of the family. Validating that grief in yourself and others is a step toward coping with the loss.

More Posts on Psychiatry

The Immune System and Psychiatry

Recent evidence demonstrates that the immune system plays a central role in regulating brain function.

DSM-5 Made a Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Saving Normal
By eliminating "Substance Abuse," DSM-5 confounds the very different treatment, course, and prognosis of the typical college binge-drinker and a down-and-out end-stage addict.

Big Pharma and the Question: Is ADHD Real?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Child in Mind
Rather than assign blame for the ADHD epidemic, we must look to a new paradigm of mental health that is founded in contemporary developmental science.

Addiction Treatment Loses When Insurance Companies Get Cheap

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in All About Addiction
Insurance payments are a major source of the problems with addiction treatment—from low reimbursement rates leading to terrible treatment practices to abuse by greedy providers.

The New Science of Animal Psychiatry

Nicolas Dodman takes us into a world of dogs with autism and Tourette’s syndrome, horses with OCD, and cats who attack their owners for no apparent reason.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

Does Trump Suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Human Beast
Narcissism is a personality dimension as well as a clinical diagnosis.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb about MST, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape. Here is Part 2 of our interview.

Mental Illness and Violence

The psychotic killer may make a great Halloween costume, but in real life, they're surprisingly rare.

Most Problem Drinkers Learn to Change Their Drinking

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in All About Addiction
You've heard it before: "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." The idea that "addiction" is an inescapable condition is pervasive and wrong. And there's data proving it.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb, L.C.S.W., about Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

Tough Choices for Parents of Adults With Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the dilemmas faced by parents of adult children with bipolar disorder who perceive there is nothing wrong or elect to forgo help for the illness they live with.

Mad Love: Personality Disorders in Harley Quinn & the Joker

Do the Joker and Harley Quinn display common symptoms of personality disorders?

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

Unconscious Pig Latin? How Conscious Thoughts "Just Happen"

Can high-level thoughts (e.g., Pig Latin) occur involuntarily? If so, what does this reveal about the brain and consciousness?

Methylfolate and Resistant Depression

The evidence mounts that methylfolate can be an effective augmenting agent for depression. What do we know about this vitamin, and what are the questions and possible pitfalls?

We Psychologists Ignore Our Responsibility to the Public

The challenges, tumult and interdependence marking today's world calls for a new understanding of what psychological health looks like for individuals and society.

ADHD Commonly Co-Occurs With Other Mental Health Diagnoses

A recent study in Comparative Psychiatry examines AD/HD's common comobidities. Check it out.

Sitting Is the New Smoking and Mindfulness Is the New Black

The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest

Atrocity in the City of Nice: An Act of Clinical Insanity?

In Europe, ‘lone wolf’ attacks quadrupled between the 1970s and the 2000s.

“Dad, if I Get a B I Feel Like I’ve Failed”

By Marcia Morris M.D. on July 16, 2016 in College Wellness
College students are under increasing pressure to be perfect - to maintain high grades, have a busy social life, look great, all while appearing calm and collected.

Does My Child Have a Psychiatric Disorder?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Child in Mind
When parents are concerned about their child's emotional wellbeing, we need to protect time and space to listen without pressure to name the problem

Another Look at Psychiatric Diagnosis

Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Peer behind the curtains of this system.
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Will We Ever End the Stigma?

Our escalating mental health crisis and the stigma that abounds.

We All Want to Fit In

By Lybi Ma on July 13, 2016 in Brainstorm
But some people can't sandpaper themselves down to fit society’s expectations.

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 11, 2016 in Saving Normal
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.