Psychiatry Essential Reads

ADHD Is Overdiagnosed, Here's Proof

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 23, 2016 in Saving Normal
Being the youngest kid in the class puts you at great risk for inappropriate ADHD diagnosis and treatment. We should let kids outgrow immaturity, not treat it with a pill.

Compulsive Hair Pulling Is More Common Than You Think!

Do you compulsively pull out your own hair? Feel like you are the only one who does this? You are not alone!

Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 16, 2016 in Saving Normal
The potential list of behavioral addictions can conceivably expand to include almost every area of activity that people feel passionate about.

Is Heat an Antidepressant?

Before psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, there was a third therapeutic tradition in psychiatry--and it involved heat. And it was very successful.

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions.

4 Myths About OCD

Even though OCD is more prevalent than celiac disease, few people understand how to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to the illness.

What Happens When We Give Antidepressants to Girls?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 09, 2016 in Child in Mind
When we jump to medicate young girls without protecting time to listen to the full story, we miss opportunity for prevention while placing future mothers in an untenable position

Choose Your Actions, Not Your Feelings

Blaming ourselves (and others) for emotions isn't fair.

Are Creativity and Madness Written Together in Your Genes?

By Garth Sundem on May 04, 2016 in Brain Trust
A study in Nature Neuroscience shows that creativity and madness may share the same genetic underpinnings.

Autistic vs. Psychotic Spectrums: Overlapping or Opposite?

The first study to consider both cognitive modes proposed by the diametric model finds evidence of overlap and diametric opposition of autistic as opposed to psychotic traits.

The Case for Supplements in Treating Depression

For decades, psychiatrists have tried to improve the treatment of major depressive disorders. There is compelling evidence supplements could play a role in this treatment.

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 30, 2016 in Saving Normal
The genetics revolution is one of mankind's greatest intellectual achievements- but so far has contributed nothing to patient care and the ridiculous complexity of brain function.

Suicide Rate Increases: What's Behind the Numbers?

A new report from the CDC reveals a 24-percent increase in suicide in the United States. But why?

Marijuana and Weight: A Plant With Virtues to Be Discovered?

Many people have experienced the “munchies,” those extraordinarily powerful feelings of hunger after using marijuana. Surprisingly, marijuana has paradoxical effects on weight.

Sobering News on Suicide

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on April 24, 2016 in Compulsive Acts
The Internet has not lived up to its promise as a suicide prevention tool

Teen Suicide: Parents Guard Your Daughters

The newest suicide rates are just out and the results suggest that an epidemic of suicide among the nation’s young teenage girls is in course.

Is the Countryside Now More Toxic Than the City?

By almost every measure of mental health, the countryside is now more dangerous than the city.

After a Terrorist Attack

Terrorism is a variation of psychological and actual war. It is plugged into our emotionally related memory, located mainly in the hippocampus.

The Wisdom of “Bull Durham”

The return of baseball season brings reminders of an astonishing movie with lessons that reach far beyond the ballfield.

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.

Late Breaking News About Your Mind-Body Health Connection

Hot-off-the-press "Big Data" showing why mental health is crucial for physical health....and vice versa

How Secular Spirituality Inspires Effective Psychotherapy

People of incompatible faiths have reported profound spiritual experiences—secular meditation distills what is essential. Can we extract what is necessary from psychotherapy?

Mark Furlong on Thresholds and Communities of Care

The future of mental health interview series continues with Mark Furlong on Thresholds and communities of care.

Can Delusions Be Cured?

Paranoid delusions have traditionally proved stubbornly resistant to treatment. Could we now be on the verge of a breakthrough?

Just What is a "Narcissist" Anyway?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 05, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Think you know what a narcissist is? Time for a reality check.

Supporting Transgender Children

Beyond conversion therapy and news headlines: How do we best to respond to gender nonconforming kids?

Why Psychiatry Should Discard The Idea of Free Will

If psychiatry is a medicine of the mind, but our common ideas of the mind are wrong, where does that leave the medicine?

Keith Connors, Father of ADHD, Regrets Its Current Misuse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 28, 2016 in Saving Normal
The father of ADHD sorrows over its current, harmful over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Let's hope his cautions mark a turning point ending this worldwide fad.

Astronomy and Psychiatry: Brain Dust and Cosmic Dust

Let's clean up some conclusions in recent psychiatric studies of the brain