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A practicing doctor's views on psychiatry and contemporary culture.
Peter D Kramer
In a major new study, two standard psychotherapies—cognitive-behavioral and brief psychoanalytic—did no better than routine psychiatric care for adolescent depression.
A recent study finds that antidepressants work across the spectrum of major depression, for patients with severe, moderate, and mild forms of the disorder. Will the press notice?
New research finds that placebo responses are not on the rise in antidepressant trials—a result that suggests the impact of placebo has been exagerated
W. P. Kinsella died last week. He's known for writing the novel that became the movie "Field of Dreams." But he also held a world record. And Bill could teach.
Trust drug trials and mistrust clinical observation? Sometimes doctors know best—while researchers are blind to factors that help depressed patients recover.
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.
A study showcased as validating psychotherapy shows surprising benefits from medication.
How distinctive are antidepressants? Answers from research that looks at progress made by individual patients.
Treating depression, clinicians aim for very thorough responses—few remaining symptoms. A current study finds that, compared to psychotherapy, medication more often does that job.
Has mindfulness therapy been oversold? A new paper suggests that it has—and that psychotherapy research in general may be in crisis.
An appreciation of Click and Clack
Remembering an advocate for women's rights
Another look at serotonin, genetics, and happiness
Wit for a day.
What future for the serotonin transporter gene?
Abraham Vergehese's new novel, Cutting for Stone, raises the question: can a page-turner be high art?
On the question of new antidepressants and suicide, the evidence we have has been synthesized, and the results are in.
Peter D. Kramer is a psychiatrist and author. His books include Against Depression and Listening to Prozac. His new book, Ordinarily Well, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June.