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A History of Psychiatry
Mark L. Ruffalo L.C.S.W.
It is time we focus once again on the psychotherapy and psychoanalytic understanding of narcissistic personality disorder.
A new book chronicles the discovery and introduction of lithium carbonate, one of the most effective treatments in all of psychiatry.
Despite assertions by antipsychiatry critics that mental illness is a myth, psychiatric medicine is on firm philosophical ground.
Narcissism is not "despicable" or "evil," but rather a severe disorder of personality that is both impairing and distressing.
Silvano Arieti was an Italian-born psychiatrist best known for his work on schizophrenia. Modern psychiatry would be wise to review his vast contributions.
The concept of neurodiversity is in vogue, but a careful examination of its basic tenets reveals its unsubstantiated claims and harmful implications.
The massive state hospitals of 19th and 20th century psychiatry are an indispensable piece of American history.
The claim that "mental illness" is merely a metaphor or figure of speech is common in anti-psychiatry circles. But does it stand up to philosophical scrutiny?
Changes in the face of psychiatry have led to a near disappearance of psychotherapy from the discipline.
Champion of lithium therapy and originator of the bipolar II disorder diagnosis, Ronald Fieve, M.D., (1930-2018), left his lasting mark on American psychiatry.
Thomas Szasz forever changed American psychiatry, but were his views on mental illness logical?
Perhaps the most puzzling of all psychiatric conditions, conversion disorder, is rich in history and offers a model for psychoanalytic conceptualization.
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.
Lessons from Hurricane Irma's terribly inaccurate, and ever-changing forecast.
Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.
Not all psychotherapies are created equal.
The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.
Pop neuroscience represents a reductionistic misapplication of knowledge, ignores differences between persons, and negates explanations of human conduct in terms of free will.
The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.
Mark L. Ruffalo, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in Tampa. He serves as an adjunct professor of social work at the University of South Florida and a voluntary associate professor of psychiatry at Centerstone.