Essential Reads

Prions, Memory and PTSD

A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Can You Lose Your Eyesight for Psychological Reasons?

Can psychology explain why Germanwings crash pilot believed he was losing sight?

What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs?

A possible path towards better options

Why Was the Movie Theater Killer Spared the Death Penalty?

James Holmes was given ‘Life with no Possibility of Parole’.

Recent Posts on Psychiatry

Is the motivation behind the Virginia shootings contagious?

Paul Mullen, Christopher Cantor and colleagues have published an analysis of possible copy-cat mass slayings, where they argue the influence of one rampage on another may have occurred across continents, and even over many years.

Algorithms Predict Schizophrenia with 100% Accuracy

New algorithms can predict future psychosis with 100% accuracy by detecting disjointed thoughts in speech.

Could Psychiatrists Have Prevented the Virginia Shootings?

As reports began to appear of the disturbed background of that shooter, the media seems to have universally decided when reporting that case, that mass shootings are readily explained by severe mental illness.It is possible that the same media reaction and deductions may follow these tragic Virginia Live TV shootings, though it is early days in coverage of the case.

Prions, Memory and PTSD

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 26, 2015 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been described as a disorder of memory. It has become quite apparent that there are two types of memory in PTSD. The work of Eric R. Kandel forms the basis for much of what we understand about how memories are formed.

Anger's Allure: Are You Addicted to Anger?

By Jean Kim M.D. on August 25, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Anger is becoming an epidemic; it's worth exploring the biological and psychological reasons why anger can become addictive for people, and alternatives to kick the habit.

Is Your Child's Psychiatrist an Autism Expert?

By Amy S.F. Lutz on August 24, 2015 in Inspectrum
Seventy percent of the autistic population suffers from co-morbid psychiatric disorders, yet psychiatrists receive very little training specific to developmental and intellectual disorders. The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Training Consortium hopes to change that.

Pervasive Adult Developmental Disorder

By Gregg Henriques on August 24, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Pervasive Adult Developmental Disorder is a conceptualization I developed in because I found the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV categorization system for severe mental illness to be inadequate.

The Benefits of Personality Disorder

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 23, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Everyone suffers for who he is, and, very often, our greatest strength is also the germ of our deepest suffering.

Pet Ownership and Mental Health

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 21, 2015 in The First Impression
Does the research on pet ownership validate the notion of man's best friend?

Sometimes I Hate Him

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on August 21, 2015 in The I-M Approach
The I-M Approach is a strength based model of radical acceptance applied as easily to psychiatry and addiction as to every day life. This is the first of a series of stories inviting discussion from the readers about this model of care and approach to life in general. It is based on our human desire to be valued, and what can happen when we worry that we are not.

Can Genetics Help Choose ADHD Meds?

Anticipating Better ADHD Med Outcomes with Genetics: How Does It Work?

The Rwandan Genocide

What were you doing on the afternoon of April 7, 1994? You probably have no idea – unless you were getting married, lost a loved one or experiencing another major life event. If you were in Rwanda, you may have been watching your mother, father, brother or sister being slaughtered and expecting to be next.

Can You Lose Your Eyesight for Psychological Reasons?

What is referred to as 'medically unexplained visual loss' or non-organic visual loss (NOVL), is reported to occur in 1 to 5% of patients attending ophthalmology clinics. In many cases it continues without improvement for an extended period.

America's Infatuation with Jim Harbaugh

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
While other college coaches are busy strategizing to win football games, Jim Harbaugh is conquering a nation without trying.

What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs?

Recognition of the multiplicity of the brain systems that contribute to fear and anxiety disorders is the first step towards the development of better treatments.

Beware the Witch-hunt: Depression, Pilots and Air Crashes

Should pilots undertake regular psychological assessment? And how to make it accurate and reliable?

Psychiatry in Crisis

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 15, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Is the medical model still helping?

Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

If you think of your soul as the essence of “who” you are, then it opens the possibility that you can create this essence just as you create many other aspects of your life: what you do with your life, your values, what you consider virtues, etc. So in contemplating this notion I realized that not only do we create our lives, we also have the ability to create who we are,

Addiction, connection and the Rat Park study

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in All About Addiction
Some recent chatter about addiction's causes has moved the pendulum back to social and environmental dysfunction. While I'm happy we're starting to look at the whole picture, we might want to be careful swinging too hard.

Suicide: It’s Time to Break Taboos

The suicide taboo, which has deep roots in our culture, has concealed a sad reality: that it can affect anyone at any time of life, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, race, gender or religion.

Best Practices in the Treatment of ADHD

While the last blog post focused on best practices for diagnosing ADHD, here we turn our focus to treatment best practices.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 in In Excess
Over the last few years, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has become the focus of increasing media attention. BDD is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance that the sufferer perceives to be ugly, unattractive, and/or deformed. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

The Female Psychopath: Unique But Equally Dangerous

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on August 10, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
A recent assessment with a 27-year old female psychopath offers a tragic reminder that female psychopaths can be just as deadly as their male counterparts.

Longing for Mania

Why do patients with bipolar depression so often go off their meds?

Why Was the Movie Theater Killer Spared the Death Penalty?

Why was the insanity plea nullified in the movie theater killings in Aurora, Colorado? The answer is simple - because the carnage was so horrendous that there was too much public pressure in favor of the death penalty. There was no way the insanity plea would be allowed. Nonetheless, Holmes was clearly and incontrovertibly psychotic and delusional.

Can Ouija Boards Trigger Demonic Possession?

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on August 07, 2015 in It's Catching
Think twice before playing with Ouija boards

ADHD "Symptoms" Are Advantages for the Entrepreneur

For the entrepreneur, ADHD traits can be superpowers in disguise.

Mass Suggestion at 40,000 ft.

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on August 06, 2015 in It's Catching
You can literally think yourself sick.

What Happens to Children with Behavioral Disorders?

Children with common behavioral disorders can have compromised abilities in everyday functioning when they become young adults. Adult function may be compromised even in those children who outgrow clinical childhood symptoms and syndromes.

Mood Disorders and Creativity

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in Why We Worry
There is an enduring belief that creativity in the arts is associated with psychological disturbance and even “madness”