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ADHD Is Now Widely Overdiagnosed and for Multiple Reasons

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Side Effects
In the U.S. and other developed countries, there are now clear signs that child and adolescent mental disorders are overdiagnosed.

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

Can Exercise Prevent Depression?

By Emily Deans M.D. on October 07, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
A large group of healthy individuals in Norway may have staved off depression with a small but regular amount of exercise. What does this tell us about how exercise might work?

Is Psychology Really a Science?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Is psychology a science or is it better classified as one of the humanities, like philosophy, theology, or literature? It’s a bit of a sore spot for most psychologists.

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Digital Distraction: Internet and Smartphone Addiction

The Internet and smartphones have been adopted in the U.S. at a faster pace than any technology since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and we can't seem to stop using them.

Bipolar, Hypersexual, and Celibate

Manic hypersexuality is the strongest urge I have ever known. It surpasses need. It makes lust seem tame. It’s all encompassing and in my case, uncontrollable.

Strange Sound Sickening Cuban Diplomats? Don’t Believe It.

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in It's Catching
Mysterious "sonic attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba are mass hysteria.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.

Is Direct Care Work in Mental Health Right for You?

Direct care work is not necessarily easy, but they payoff is large.

Should Other Doctors Have Access to Your Psychiatry Note?

Should other doctors have access to your psychiatry note on the Electronic Health Record? It may improve physical wellness but your psychiatrist will have to adapt too.

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

If the treatments for mental illness are better than ever, why is there more mental illness today than ever before? Herein lies the great paradox of psychiatry.

Do Children Really Need Psychiatric Medication?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Mental illness can be fatal. But in some cases, so can psychiatric medications.

Nature Versus Nurture: Where We Are in 2017

A lot has changed in our understanding of the timeless nature-nurture debate. Find out where we are now.

When Your Child Needs Psychiatric Medication

It is important to understand the real issues related to children and psychiatric medications.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Recently many leading mental health professionals have argued that the duty to warn provision (excuse the pun) "trumps" the longstanding Goldwater Rule when it comes to Mr. Trump.

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

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

Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.