Essential Reads

Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant?

Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm? Not yet, but there's some promising data so far.

Parenting Matters, Especially for “Difficult” Kids

By David Rettew M.D. on November 25, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
No pressure, but a new study indicates that parenting behaviors matter most for temperamentally challenging kids.

The Diametrics of Personal Space: Autism vs. Schizophrenia

New research into the sense of personal space.

Early-Life Environment Influences Brain Growth and Behavior

Two recent studies demonstrate that environment influences brain growth and emotional behavior in children and adolescents.

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Clinical Linguistics: What a Mess! (Part 1)

Clinical linguistics may benefit from the ongoing biolinguistic turn in language sciences.

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

Bedlam’s Door

By The Book Brigade on December 01, 2016 in The Author Speaks
The mentally ill are often shunted off to America’s jails for their odd behavior, but their singular crime is to reflect the rich tapestry of the human condition.

Workaholism and Psychiatric Disorders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in In Excess
There has been an increasing amount of research into workaholism but was is the relationship between work addiction, ADHD, OCD and depressions?

Listen to Our Discussion of Forced Psychiatric Care

By Dinah Miller M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Committed
Listen to yesterday's NPR's Diane Rehm Show on forced psychiatric care.

Post-Election Stress: Tips for Easing Children’s Anxiety

With the influx of social media, it is inevitable that children and adults will be exposed to political topics over the next few weeks. Here are some times for talking with kids.

A Discussion of Involuntary Psychiatric Care on NPR

By Dinah Miller M.D. on November 29, 2016 in Committed
The authors of the new book, Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care will be on NPR's Diane Rehm show on Tuesday, November 29th.
Copyright, Fredric Neuman M.D.

An Odd Suicide

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 28, 2016 in Fighting Fear
A major depression can overcome someone within a matter of days. Suicide, which is sometimes a consequence of such an illness, can occur seemingly for no reason, suddenly.

The Psychology of Animal Torture

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in In Excess
Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

The Cure for Campus Loneliness

By Marcia Morris M.D. on November 20, 2016 in College Wellness
It’s strange to think that you could feel lonely on a campus of 500 or 5,000 students, but it happens all the time.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part I

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The first half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues and challenges faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.
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Suicide is Preventable, Menninger Clinic President Says

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Want to Prevent Suicide? Just Set the Goal of Zero Suicides.

Why Do We Dream We Are Flying?

The important difference between the function of dreams and the meaning of dreams.

Awareness of Your Hair Pulling Can Help You Stop

By Tasneem Abrahams on November 05, 2016 in Mastering Hair Pulling
How do you stop pulling if you don't even know when you are doing it? Research shows that self-monitoring technology can help.

Are You Decisive?

By Dinah Miller M.D. on November 04, 2016 in Committed
How decisive are you? Researchers at Johns Hopkins are doing a survey on the nature of Doubt. Take a brief survey and learn something about yourself!

Freud: Conservative Revolutionary

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in This Is America
Sigmund Freud was a product of his time. In a new biography, Élisabeth Roudinesco assesses Freud's ideas about rationality, sexuality, and the unconscious.

Depressed and Don't Know Why? Or What You Can Do About It?

If you or someone you know has been feeling uncharacteristically irritable, discouraged, self-critical, or down, help is available, now.

Behind the Book: On Writing About Forced Psychiatric Care

By Dinah Miller M.D. on November 02, 2016 in Committed
Forcing people to get psychiatric care is a polarizing issue. Does it have to be? Hear how these authors took on this disturbing topic.

Autism and Psychosis Can Cancel Out in Bipolar Disorder

The first study to assess the expression of autistic and schizotypal traits in adults with bipolar disorder confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the diametric model.

The Secret to Managing Being Overwhelmed

By Judith Orloff M.D. on October 31, 2016 in Emotional Freedom
Whatever your reason to rush learn how to balance your subtle energy rhythms so they are in sync with your busy life and you can stop feeling overwhelmed.

DSM-5 Diagnoses in Kids Should Always Be Written in Pencil

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 31, 2016 in Saving Normal
Accurate diagnosis in kids is tough and time consuming. Misdiagnosis in kids is easy and fast- but the harms can last a lifetime.

5 Myths About PTSD

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 31, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Assumptions surrounding PTSD create stigma and keep people from getting the help they need. Here are five myths about the disease and the facts that debunk them.

Forced Psychiatric Care: What Could Be More Controversial?

By Dinah Miller M.D. on October 28, 2016 in Committed
Are you for or against forcing people to get psychiatric treatment? Will it make us all safer?

World Exclusive: Strange Outbreak of Hallucinations – Solved

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in It's Catching
Case closed: The strange hallucination outbreak in Oregon

4 Possible Explanations for Déjà Vu

We still don't know that much about déjà vu. Here are 4 possible explanations for this phenomenon.

Mental Illness Is Not a Halloween Costume

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 26, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Mental illness can be scary for those that suffer from it, but we shouldn’t think of those that suffer from it as scary to us.

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Physician Gatekeeper

Many medications can be abused. Prescribing doctors are gatekeepers who separate legitimate use from abuse. However, this distinction is becoming less clear.

Why Do We Tell Boys to "Man Up"?

How does telling your son to "man up" impact him later in life. This is what the research tells us.

No, ADHD Is Exposed by France

A response to Dr. Rettew’s post.