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Controversies in the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders

Why are diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders always so controversial? Different groups want and need different things and reaching an agreement is difficult.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Ability to Read Emotions

Being unable to decode emotions seems to be an inherent feature of borderline personality disorder but new research shows it’s not as inevitable as you might think.

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research—Getting Value for Our Money

By John Elder Robison on November 12, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
In the past decade, we’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice.

More Posts on Psychiatry

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

How to Make Psychoanalysis Work Today

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Talking Cure
Psychoanalysis is an anachronism in today’s world—and often ineffective. Instead, patient and doctor must home in on those issues already in play in current reality.

Mitochondria and Mood

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on September 29, 2017 in Inner Source
What are the energy packs of your cells, and could these be the underlying cause of mental health problems?

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

By Georgia Ede MD on September 29, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
People suffering with psychosis should know that there are truly hopeful options that go beyond medication.

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

By on September 28, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Why do so many people believe in the chemical imbalance theory?

Magnesium and Zinc Are Essential for Healthy Brain Function

Ever wonder about the role of magnesium and zinc in healthy brain function? Studies show that both minerals have beneficial effects on mood, memory and other areas of functioning.

Does Severe Remorse Require a Specialist?

There are few resources specifically for "accidental killers." Can people with severe or unusual emotional suffering get help from mainstream sources?
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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs and Keys to Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here is what the science says about prevention.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 27, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex condition with a gray middle zone of prognosis that remains poorly understood. Psychosocial supports are crucial to maximum recovery.
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Challenges In Veteran Mental Health Care:

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 22, 2017 in The War Within
Veteran disability rating system: what you should know.

Folate for Depression, Schizophrenia and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for folate supplementation as a treatment for serious mental health problems? Emerging research findings support its use.

“Dad, I Think I Have ADHD”

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 17, 2017 in College Wellness
The accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD are critical because ADHD, if left untreated, can lead to poor school performance, driving mishaps, and substance abuse.

The Salvation of Psychiatry

By Robert Berezin M.D. on September 17, 2017 in The Theater of the Brain
Psychiatry should be grounded in that quest for truth. It has, however, lost its way.The Psychotherapy of Character is precisely this unified field theory for psychiatry

Sorry, Your Therapist Can’t Be Your Friend

Your therapist cannot and should not be your friend. Here's why.

Answer Me This: Why Are Americans So Depressed?

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are growing more depressed, with young people in the lead, and our pharmaceutical response is obviously not working. How about psychedelics?
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Copper Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on September 11, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could copper overload be the cause of your depression, anxiety, ADHD, and poor immune function? Copper toxicity is a treatable condition, but you must identify it first.

‘Sonic Attack’ on the U.S. Embassy Likely Psychological

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in It's Catching
'Sonic wave attack' is more likely mass hysteria.

Is Vulnerability to Stress Coded in Our Genes?

By Emily Deans M.D. on September 04, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
The relationship between stress and depression is complicated, but some of it is coded into our genes.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

By on September 02, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

3 Clues to Recognize Bipolar Disorder Mania in the Eyes

Bipolar mania affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings. Once you start looking for mania in the eyes, you can spot a person’s mania, or your own.

Folate: An Essential Vitamin for Good Mental Health

Are you curious about the role of folate or l-methylfolinic acid in mental health care? Many studies show that folate plays important roles in good mental health.

The Gay Revolution

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 30, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Attitudes to homosexuality have undergone nothing short of a revolution in the past five decades.

Voices: Overheard in Psychosis But Underheard in Autism

As predicted by the diametric model, auditory symptoms in psychosis are opposite to those in autism, and both are extensions of normality.

How Lithium Lowers Suicide Risk in Patients with Bipolar

According to one recent study, suicide could have been avoided in 12 percent of patients if they had taken lithium during the entire study period.

Thomas S. Szasz: One Hundred Years Ahead of His Time

By on August 26, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., was a psychiatrist who didn't believe in mental illness as a category of disease. A new book captures the essence of his life and ideas.
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Are You Depressed? Start With the PHQ-9 Questionnaire

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on August 25, 2017 in On Call
Think you might be depressed? Google will now direct you straight to a well-validated and private screening questionnaire.

Why Labelling President Trump as Mentally Ill Is Wrong

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Talking About Men
Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis Relies on Your Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on August 23, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
An extensive scientific review concludes that the vagus nerve facilitates bidirectional communication along the gut-brain axis.
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Depression: What About Ketamine?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on August 20, 2017 in On Call
For those considering being treated with it, here is recent information from clinical experts.

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

By on August 19, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.