A psychiatric patient who throws a tray table has committed a criminal offense and may be the object of “lethal force.” Any concept that the symptoms of psychiatric patients may involve aggression and agitation – and should be the object of medical not police attention -- has been lost here.
Have you seen all the drug commercials lately? The rise in prescriptions for anxiety and depression in America, along with increasing lifestyle illness begs our individual and collective attention and action.
Michael Weschler’s newest film, Altered Minds, provides an over-the-top glimpse into family dynamics gone awry. One reason that family dynamics and resultant mental health issues can be so messed up these days pertains to evolutionary mismatch. Here’s how.
Those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have a disturbing preoccupation with what they perceive as defects in their appearance—defects hardly noticeable to others. The disorder has been called the “distress of imagined ugliness.” Were Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray and Freud's Wolf-Man suffering from BDD?
School shootings in the U.S. are similar in many ways to a SE Asian variety of sudden mass assault called “amok.” Does it make sense to think of American-style school shootings as a culture-bound syndrome?
Small effects of many genes may increase the risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Some of these same genes may also contribute to creativity. Increased creativity may be helpful in terms of human evolution.
Psychiatry is one of the most challenging fields in medicine. It has evolved through a series of creative developments, beginning with overcoming beliefs in demonic possession and the removal of chains from the hospitalized to current medicinal, psychotherapeutic and social treatments.
Contrary to their portrayal in some media, individuals with schizophrenia are able to live relatively normal lives. As it turns out, myths — not facts — heavily influence how people view schizophrenia. Here are only a few of the commonly believed myths about the mental health disorder.
Read about H.R. 2646 a bill working through its way through Congress, introduced by Tim Murphy, Ph.D., the only psychologist in Congress, that aims to provide real solutions for America’s broken mental health system.
For whatever reason, actors have been famously attracted to therapy ever since there was such a thing, but probably not more so than a half-century or so ago in the United States. Celebrities back east may have gravitated to psychoanalysis as a way to deal with their demons but Hollywood folks considered it a virtual necessity.
We're all born believers in hidden causes and we're especially alert to threats—setting us up to take in all kinds of schemes. How to maintain healthy skepticism? Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering extraordinary claims.