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Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

Breatharians...or Believe Anythings?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on August 17, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Four reasons why normal people can come to hold ridiculous beliefs.

What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.

Can mental illness ever be good for you?

A recent book on the poet Robert Lowell raises some fascinating questions about the relation between bipolar disorder and creativity

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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

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Is Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Harmful?

Recent research demonstrates significant changes in the brains of developing fetuses as a result of marijuana exposure during pregnancy.

The Cerebellum May Be Part of Brain's "Reality-Check" System

By Christopher Bergland on August 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Researchers at Yale University have identified a link between the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") and someone's susceptibility to Pavlovian conditioned hallucinations.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.

Teen Therapy Without Parental Consent

Should adolescents be able to consent to initial mental health treatment without their parents? On this issue, state laws are all over the place.

Psychiatric Assessment is Evolving

Are you trying to understand what is causing your anxiety, depressed mood or another mental health problem? New approaches in assessment are providing better answers!

Is Connectivity Neurofeedback Training the Next Big Thing?

By Christopher Bergland on August 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have developed a technique called "functional connectivity neurofeedback training" that can alter cognitive function and performance. This could be revolutionary.

All the Stars of Food and Mood

The best and the brightest of nutritional psychiatry have come together for an amazing conference at the nation's capital.

Mold Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on August 03, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could your depression, anxiety, brain fog and insomnia be due to toxic mold? This is a very treatable condition, but first you must recognize that mold toxicity is the cause.

All Things Considered

By Susan Rako M.D. on August 01, 2017 in More Light
How can we help our patients make peace with what they have in life?

Identifying Challenges Effecting Veteran Mental Healthcare

Why are veterans continuing to struggle?

The Political Uses of Psychiatric Labels

The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.

The Dean of USC's Medical School Used Addictive Drugs

By Stanton Peele on July 26, 2017 in Addiction in Society
When a prominent medical school dean was revealed to have used so-called "addictive drugs" before, he was terminated instantly due to what school authorities called his "disease."

Misreport Spreads That Psychiatrists May Now Diagnose Trump

As misunderstood news spread that psychiatrists may now comment on Trump's mental condition, the American Psychiatric Association sought to correct the mistake.

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.
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Unlocking the Unconscious: 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago Short Term Dynamic Therapy was poised to take over the world of psychotherapy. What happened?

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

You Must Be Strong

How are Syrian refugees coping without mental health services?

The 100-Year Plan

By Kaja Perina on July 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
Psychology Today is 50 years old! The next 50 years will bring the ability not just to quantify but also to alter the brain—the golden age of behavioral science is just beginning.
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.

Playing Politics with Mental Illness

Unsubstantiated allegations of mental illness directed toward public figures reinforce the pervasive stigma associated with mental disorders. Who is really being harmed?

Responding to Cultural Challenges on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on July 09, 2017 in College Wellness
In the face of current cultural anxieties, we can continue to encourage safety, academic success, and social belonging.

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

No other issues in mental health seem to ignite flames as great and persistent as do liberty and privacy.

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.

“Memory Athletes” and the Rest of Us

With a specific type of memory training, individuals can alter connections within and between brain networks to resemble connections found in the brains of elite memory athletes.

The ABC of the Diametric Model, Twenty Years On

Twenty years after it was first published, the diametric model can be seen as a striking co-discovery like so many others in the history of science.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Helps Treatment-Resistant Depression

A 5-year study reports that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) significantly improved treatment-resistant depression outcomes when compared to the treatment-as-usual arm of the study.